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 Church of England's Schedule by a nationally accredited ‘denominational’ inspector.
SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the school's Christian Vision in all areas of school life and especially on the children, young people and adults who attend it. Our schools 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. They will however, be looking for how the vision is theologically and biblically underpinned and understood as a driving force for school development.
The Schedule used for inspection from September 2018 onwards is available here. This schedule is the basis on which SIAMS judgements are made. It is important that leaders at all levels are familiar with the school’s vision underpinning and impact.
Under the current schedule the gradings are excellent, good and requires improvement. There is a grading of inadequate which is specified under particular circumstances.
Further information and associated documents are available on the Church of England website.
If you have any queries, please contact your Schools Adviser.