All church schools are inspected under the SIAMS schedule in order to ascertain, ‘How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish.’
Details of training for schools who are expecting their SIAMS inspection in the next couple of years will be posted here once the Covid 19 lockdown is removed.
Under the 2018 SIAMS schedule one overall grade is awarded – excellent, good or ineffective.
In addition a stand alone grade is awarded in all schools for collective worship and in voluntary aided (VA) schools and former VA schools for Religious Education.
This grade is based on teaching and learning alone.
The inspection is funded by the DfE and now runs independently of Ofsted inspections.
If a school was judged to be a good or outstanding (or excellent under the 2018 schedule) church school in its last SIAMS inspection then it will be inspected within five years from the end of the school year of the last Section 48 inspection.
If it was judged to be satisfactory or inadequate (or ineffective under the 2018 schedule) then the next SIAMS inspection will be scheduled three years from the end of the school year in which the school was last subject to a Section 48 inspection.
The inspection has to be carried out by a trained and National Society registered inspector.
The diocesan Board of Education manages the process for schools and holds a list of inspectors. All inspectors carry a Church of England Education Office photo ID badge that confirms their DBS status.
The Board of Education has a protocol for church school inspections and follows the deferral procedures as set out by the National Society.
In order to prepare for the inspection each school is expected to ‘ensure that a robust and continuous (Church school) self-evaluation is in place’.
This document is offered by the Church of England Education Office as a model which may be used, but schools are free to carry out their Church school audit/self-evaluation however they feel its appropriate for them.
This could be in the form of a mind-map, spider diagram, charts etc.
Some examples of these will be shown here later this term.
There is also now a separate form to be filled in to make the case for excellence.
Finally, there is a SIAMS reflection form which, if schools choose to use it, could best be used as an ongoing audit tool to share with governors, keeping them informed of progress in the school.
Here is a checklist to help ensure that your school celebrates on your website its Christian foundation and how it impacts on every aspect of school life.
Each year a summary of the inspections is compiled and presented to the Board of Education.
It may be useful for those schools waiting to be inspected to have a look at the strengths and weaknesses that were prominent.
To find the latest SIAMS report for a school click on the school’s name below:
All Saints VA Primary, Youlgrave
All Saints CE Infant, Matlock
All Saints CE Junior, Matlock
Bakewell VC Infant
Barlow VC Primary
Biggin VC Primary
Bishop Lonsdale CE Primary, Derby
Bishop Pursglove VA Primary, Tideswell
Bolsover VC Junior
Bonsall VA Primary
Bradley VC Primary
Bradwell VC Infant
Brailsford VC Primary
Breadsall VC Primary
Calow VC Primary
Carsington and Hopton VA Primary
Castleton VC Primary
Chapel-en-le-Frith VC Primary
Charlesworth VC Primary
Christchurch CE Primary, Chesterfield
Church Broughton VC Primary
Clifton VC Primary
Codnor VC Primary
Corfield VC Infant, Heanor
Coton-in-the-Elms VC Primary
Creswell VC Infant
Crich VC Infant
Crich Carr VC Primary, Whatstandwell
Cromford VC Primary
Darley Churchtown VC Primary
Denby Free VA Primary
Doveholes VC Primary
Dinting VA Primary
Duke of Norfolk VC Primary, Glossop
Eckington Camms VA Primary
Edale VC Primary
Elton VC Primary
Eyam VC Primary
Fairfield Endowed VC Junior, Buxton
Fitzherbert VA Primary, Fenny Bentley
Fritchley VA Primary
Great Hucklow VC Primary
Hartington VC Primary
Hartshorne VC Primary
Holbrook CE Primary
Holy Trinity VC Primary, Matlock Bath
Horsley VC Primary
Hulland VC Primary
Kirk Ireton VC Primary
Kirk Langley VC Primary
Kniveton VC Primary
Langley Mill VC Infant
Litton VA Primary
Longford VC Primary
Longstone VA Primary, Great Longstone
Long Lane VC Primary
Loscoe VC Primary
Mapperley VC Primary
Monyash VC Primary
Mugginton VC Primary
Mundy VC Junior, Heanor
Newbold CE Primary, Chesterfield
Newton Solney VA Infant
Norbury VC Primary
Osmaston VC Primary
Peak Forest VC Primary
Pilsley VA Primary, Bakewell
Risley Lower Grammar VC Primary
Rosliston VC Primary
Rowsley VC Primary
Sale and Davy VC Primary, Barrow on Trent
Scargill VA Primary, West Hallam
South Darley VC Primary
St Andrew’s CoE/Meth VA Primary, Dronfield
St Andrew’s VC Junior, Hadfield
St Anne’s VC Primary, Baslow
St Chad’s VC Infant, Derby
St George’s VA Primary, New Mills
St Georges’ VC Primary, Church Gresley
St Giles’ VA Primary, Killamarsh
St Giles’ CE Primary, Matlock
St James’ VA Infant, Derby
St James’ VA Junior, Derby
St James’ VC Primary, Glossop
St John’s VC Primary, Belper
St John’s VC Primary, Ripley
St Joseph’s VA CoE/Cath, Staveley
St Laurence CE Primary, Long Eaton
St Lukes’ VC Primary, Glossop
St Michael’s VA Primary, Hathersage
St Oswald’s VC Primary, Ashbourne
St Peter’s VA Junior, Littleover
St Peter’s VC Primary, Netherseal
St Werburgh’s VA Primary
Stanley Common VC Primary
Stanley St Andrew’s VC Primary
Stanton in the Peak VC Primary
Stoney Middleton VC Primary
Stretton Handley VC Primary
Taddington and Priestcliffe VA Primary
The Curzon VA Primary
Turnditch VA Primary
Walter Evans CE Primary, Darley Abbey
Walton-on-Trent VC Primary
Weston-on-Trent VA Primary
William Gilbert Endowed CE Primary
Winster VC Primary
Wirksworth VC Infant
Woodthorpe VC Primary