Diocese of Portsmouth

SIAMS Inspections

All Church of England Schools receive a Section 48 Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) inspection as well as the regular Section 5 Ofsted inspection. The principal objective of the inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school, and how well the distinctive Christian character and ethos of the school ensure the development and achievement of the whole child or young person.

This is evaluated through four core 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?

Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles appropriate to, and reflective of, their particular context in order to be distinctively and effectively Christian in their character and ethos. SIAMS inspectors therefore do not look for a set template of what a church school should be like, but rather take the particular context of the school into account and base their evaluation on the outcomes rather than the process.

Schools are inspected on a five year cycle. Click on the links below for SIAMS documents:

SIAMS Evaluation Schedule 2018
SIAMS Handbook 2017   
SIAMS Report Template
SIAMS Pre-inspection Plan
SIAMS Self-evaluation Document 2018

PLEASE NOTE - The new SIAMS framework will be used from September 2018. For more information about the changes please contact one of our Schools Advisors (details below). We are providing training on the expectations of the new framework.

SIAMS Support

As a minimum, we aim to visit all schools at least two terms prior to a scheduled SIAMS inspection, and two years following, specifically to discuss progress against the inspection framework. We are keen to provide further support to our schools; please contact one of Schools Advisors, Sue Bowen or Richard Wharton for further information and advice:

sue.bowen@portsmouth.anglican.org    Tel: 02392 899662

richard.wharton@portsmouth.anglican.org    Tel: 02392 899662

For any queries about the scheduling of SIAMS inspections, please contact our SIAMS coordinator, Jane Kelly:

jane.kelly@portsmouth.anglican.org     Tel: 02392 899679