Church School Inspections

The National Society’s Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) framework is used in all Section 48 inspections of Church of England schools and in the denominational inspection of academies. Every church school or academy is subject to this inspection on a 3-5 yearly cycle.

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 employ a variety of strategies and styles, which reflect their particular local context or church tradition in order to be distinctive and effective.

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.

• How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?

• What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?

• How effective is the Religious Education? (in VA schools and academies)

• How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?

Click on the links below for further information


Diocesan Protocol


SIAMS Support Pack 2017

SIAMS Toolkit

siams national society self evaluation model september 2013 (revised)

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The Church of England Education Office has updated their SIAMS documents which you can see by clicking on the links below.