The focus of a SIAMS inspection is on the Christian vision and resulting provision of the school as a church school. It also looks at the quality of collective worship and RE. The principal objective of SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school.
As a Church School we are subject to a SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools). This occurs every 3 to 5 years depending on the result of the previous inspection. It follows a similar format to an Ofsted inspection but focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it. The inspector looks at how this impacts on the attainment and attendance of pupils at the school by looking at how well the school, through its distinctive Christian character meets the needs of all learners, what the impact of collective worship is on the school community and how effective the leadership and management of the school are.
The inspection generally lasts one day during which the inspector observes Collective Worship, interviews pupils, parents, governors, staff and the headteacher. They analyse attainment and attendance data, policies and other documentation. They look at pupils work and classrooms and observe the children in school. They form their judgements based on very stringent criteria.
This is explored through seven strands:
- Vision and Leadership
- Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
- Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
- Community and Living Well Together
- Dignity and Respect
- The impact of collective worship
- The effectiveness of religious education
One overall grade is awarded reflecting the contribution of these strands to the flourishing of pupils and adults in a Church school. In addition a standalone grade is awarded in all schools for collective worship and in voluntary aided (VA) schools and former VA schools for religious education (RE). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone.