Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

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 or Section 8 Ofsted inspection.

From September 2023 SIAMS will no longer grade schools it inspects.  Instead, a school will receive a context driven judgement that is based on evidence gathered from 6 or 7 high level inspection questions.  The context of the school and how it informs the school’s Christian vision will be evaluated. The impact of the vision is central to this; inspectors will be considering how the vision and provision it provides ensures every pupil and adult flourishes in the fullness of life. Schools are invited to share their own stories of how their Christian vision enables pupils and adults to flourish.

The new SIAMS Framework (September 2023) will ask the following high level inspection questions:

  • How does the school’s theologically rooted Christian vision enable pupils and adults to flourish?
  • How does the curriculum reflect the school’s theologically rooted Christian vision?
  • How is collective worship enabling pupils and adults to flourish spiritually?
  • How does the school’s theologically rooted Christian vision create a culture in which pupils and adults are treated well?
  • How does the school’s theologically rooted Christian vision create an active culture of justice and responsibility?
  • Is the religious education curriculum effective (with reference to the expectations set out in the Church of England’s Statement of Entitlement for Religious Education)?
  • What if the quality of religious education in voluntary aided and former voluntary aided schools, and in former voluntary controlled schools in which denominational religious education is taught? (VA Schools Only)

For additional information please Click here for the national Church of England SIAMS page

SIAMS inspections will be carried out with 1 weeks’ notice and the school will be informed of the date by the National SIAMS Team.

After the inspection, schools will be offered a post-inspection visit or call by a member of the education team to support the school in addressing the areas for development and inspection findings.

A mid-term monitoring visit will be carried out to assess progress against the areas of development.

Schools that are likely to be inspected between September 2023 and July 2024 can be found in the list here: SIAMS 2023-2024 likely list of schools PUBLISHED. The full national list can be found here.

The National SIAMS team have recently published the 2024-25 SIAMS inspection ‘likely’ list which can be viewed via the following link – noting Gloucester Diocese schools are on page 5:

Congratulations to our schools who have successfully been inspected under the SIAMS schedule this academic year. Please click here to read their reports.