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Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)


The main features of SIAMS inspection


1. The purposes of SIAMS inspection are:

  • to provide an evaluation of the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the church school for the governing body, the school, the parents, the diocese/district, the National Society or Methodist Church and the wider public
  • to meet the requirements of Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 for schools which have a religious character
  • to verify the outcome of the school’s self-evaluation
  • to make a significant contribution to improvement in Church schools.


SIAMS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian character of the church school has on the learner. Schools will become effective by means of a variety of strategies, approaches and styles, which reflect their particular local context or church tradition. Inspectors should carefully diagnose how the impact that each church school has on the learner is achieved and how the learner’s personal and educational needs are being met. They will not apply a preconceived template of what a distinctive or effective church school should be like.


From - A framework for inspection and self-evaluation of Church of England and Methodist schools - Revised version November 2012





We received a lovely letter from The Rt Reverend Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich following our SIAMS Inspection, please see link below.