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About SIAMS

All Church of England schools undergo a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).

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These are carried out under section 48 of the 1988 Education Act, are overseen by the National Society and are arranged by the Diocese.

From September 1st 2013 the following will apply:

  1. S48 Inspections are not linked in any way to the school's Ofsted inspection timing
  2. The scheduling of S48 inspections must be on the following basis:
  • Good and outstanding schools will be reinspected in the 5th year after the end of the academic year within which they were last inspected. For example:

A school judged to be 'outstanding' in June 2010 would be re-inspected in academic year 2014/15

A school judged to be 'good' in September 2010 would be re-inspected in academic year 2015/6

  • Satisfactory and inadequate schools will be reinspected between 3 and 5 years after the end of the academic year within which they were last inspected. For example:

A school judged to be satisfactory in January 2010 would be re-inspected between January 2013 and the end of the academic year 2014/15


For clarification on the academic year in which you can expect your school to be inspected, please contact Margaret James, SIAMS Inspection Manager, at mjames@cofe-worcester.org.uk

As part of a SIAMS inspection, Voluntary Controlled schools will be inspected on the following core questions:

  • How does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
  • What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
  • How effective is the leadership and management of the school as a church school?

Voluntary Aided schools will be inspected on the same 3 core questions and in addition on the question:

  • How effective is the religious education?