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

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The inspection process

SIAMS inspections are carried out under Section 48 of the 1988 Education Act. They are overseen by the National Society and are arranged by the diocese. The purpose of SIAMS is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of a school as a church school. In order to evaluate this, all schools are 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?

In addition, Voluntary Aided schools are inspected on the following question:

  • How effective is the religious education?


Since September 2013, the timing of S48 inspections has not been linked to that of the school’s Ofsted inspection. Instead, good and outstanding schools are re-inspected every five years (in the fifth academic year following the end of the academic year in which they were last inspected). Satisfactory and inadequate schools are inspected every three to five years.

For clarification on the academic year in which you can expect your school to be inspected, or any other issue related to SIAMS, please contact Duncan Jones, SIAMS Inspection Manager, at djones@cofe-worcester.org.uk

The new SIAMS framework

From September 2018, a new inspection framework is being introduced in response to the Church of England’s Vision for Education. This was piloted during the Spring Term 2018 and the final version of the framework is expected to be published soon.  The diocese is offering a range of training and development courses for schools on the new framework, as part of the Training and Support SLA offer for 2018-19. For details, please contact Toni Enefer at tenefer@cofe-worcester.org.uk, or call on 01905 732 826.