Church School Inspections

The Church of England’s statutory inspection of Anglican and Methodist schools (SIAMS) is used in all Section 48 inspections in Church of England and Methodist schools and academies. Every church school and academy is subject to an inspection on a 3-5 year cycle.

The overarching question SIAMS explores with a school is this:

How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish.

There are 7 strands through which this question is explored:

  1. Vision and Leadership
  2. Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
  3. Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
  4. Community and Living Well Together
  5. Dignity and Respect
  6. The impact of collective worship
  7. The effectiveness of religious education

Click on the links below for further information

SIAMS Handbook 2019
Diocesan Protocol Revised 1.2020
SIAMS Support Pack for Primary and Secondary Schools/Academies 2018
Mental Health and Wellbeing Guidance
Mental Health and Wellbeing – Policy Template (1)
SIAMS audit tool May
SIAMS excellence case 5.2019 for SSE
110419 SIAMS Reflection
Spiritual Development 2019




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