Diocese of Portsmouth

SIAMS Inspections

All Church of England Schools receive a Section 48 Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) as well as the regular Section 5 Ofsted inspection. SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school’s Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. 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.

The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?

This is evaluated 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
  • Impact of Collective Worship
  • Effectiveness of Religious Education

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.

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.

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

SIAMS Evaluation Schedule 2018
SIAMS Report Template
SIAMS Self-evaluation Document 2018
Mental Health and Wellbeing Guidance
Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy Template

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, 023 9289 9662

richard.wharton@portsmouth.anglican.org, 023 9289 9662

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

jane.kelly@portsmouth.anglican.org, 023 9289 9679