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Church School Inspection

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

Introduction

A Church of England school is required to have a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools - SIAMS for short. This is conducted separately from any OfSTED inspection and in line with the National Society's Framework by an accredited ‘denominational’ inspector. Please note that since the framewprk was written the National Society has now changed its name to the Church of England Education Office. SIAMS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it. Church schools will have a variety of strategies and styles, which reflect their particular context or church tradition in order to be distinctive and effective. Inspectors will, therefore, not be looking to apply a preconceived template of what a church school should be like.

The principal objective of SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school. Towards this objective, inspectors seek answers to four key questions.

  1. How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
  2. What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
  3. How effective is the Religious Education? (in VA schools and academies only)
  4. How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?

Please note: When notified of an OfSTED inspection a school/academy should contact the Education Department office immediately on (01245) 294440 / 294441 or by e-mail to education@chelmsford.anglican.org

 

Here are two of the key documents to support you in ensuring that your institution’s denominational character drives development and progress and is not only something brought out and dusted off when you are due a SIAMS inspection!

The Framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools - Click here

This is the Framework used by inspectors during SIAMS inspections – staff at all levels and Governors, particularly Foundation Governors, should be familiar with the key questions and know how they and the areas of school life they contribute to or are responsible for help to sustain and develop the Christian character and ethos of the institution.

The Evaluation Schedule for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools - Click here

This includes the grade descriptors (Outstanding, Good, Satisfactory and Inadequate) used by the Inspector to make a judgement against each of the questions outlined in the Framework. 

 

Below is a summary of the Church of England Education Office's (National Society's) scheduling of Church School Inspections.

If you have any queries, please contact our SIAMS Manager, Pamela Draycott via email on pamela@pddconsultancy.com 

 

Good and Outstanding SIAMS Inspection Next Window for SIAMS Inspection
Sept 11 to July 12 Sept 16 to July 17
Sept 12 to July 13 Sept 17 to July 18
Sept 13 to July 14 Sept 18 to July 19
Sept 14 to July 15 Sept 19 to July 20
Sept 15 to July 16 Sept 20 to July 21
Sept 16 to July 17 Sept 21 to July 22
Sept 17 to July 18 Sept 22 to July 23

 

Inadequate and Satisfactory SIAMS Inspection Next Window for SIAMS Inspection
Sept 11 to July 12

From 3 years after inspection

and by end Jul 17 at latest

Sept 12 to July 13

From 3 years after inspection

and by end Jul 18 at latest

Sept 13 to July 14

From 3 years after inspection

and by end Jul 19 at latest

Sept 14 to July 15

 

From 3 years after inspection

and by end Jul 20 at latest

Sept 15 to July 16 From 3 years after inspection and by end of July 21 at the latest
Sept 16 to July 17 From 3 years after inspection and by the end of July 22 at the latest
Sept 17 to July 18 From 3 years after inspection and by the end of July 23 at the latest

New schools will normally be inspected no earlier than 2 and no later than 3 years following their inspection. If a school becomes an academy it continues to be inspected on the same cycle.

Also please note – the dates above are when SIAMS inspections will normally be scheduled. They can be, and are, sometimes sooner and occasionally later, than outlined above.

 


Recent SIAMS Reports