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Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

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.’ However, due to the Covid 19 pandemic all SIAMS inspections have been suspended until at least January 2021.

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.

If a school was judged to be a good or outstanding (or excellent under the 2018 schedule) church school in its most recent SIAMS inspection, then it will be inspected within five years from the end of the school year of that 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. 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

Earl Sterndale VC Primary

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

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