Ofsted and SIAMS

OFSTED INSPECTION

Following our Ofsted inspection in February 2023, we are proud to retain our GOOD Ofsted rating.

Highlights from the report:

  • Pupils are happy and enjoy their learning.
  • It is a place where children 'flourish'.
  • Pupils behave well.
  • Pupils get on well with each other and with staff.
  • There are many trips and visits that support pupils' learning.
  • Leaders have designed an ambitious curriculum for pupils.
  • The curriculum is well sequenced.
  • Teaching presents information clearly and builds on pupils' prior learning.
  • The curriculum is enriched with a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.
  • Staff are proud to work at the school.

View the full report here: Ofsted Report 2023

Click here to go to the Ofsted page showing all of our inspection reports.

SIAMS STRANDS

The current SIAMS inspection framework is outlined below

The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) is the Church of England and Methodist Church’s outworking of the requirements of section 48 of the Education Act 2005. It is a key element of the life of all Church of England and Methodist schools in England.

SIAMS explores ways in which each school’s theologically rooted Christian vision drives its work and enables the school to live up to its foundation as a Church school. It does so by seeking to answer six Inspection Questions (IQs).

IQ1: How does the school’s theologically rooted Christian vision enable pupils and adults to flourish?
IQ2: How does the curriculum reflect the school’s theologically rooted Christian vision?
IQ3: How is collective worship enabling pupils and adults to flourish spiritually?
IQ4: How does the school’s theologically rooted Christian vision create a culture in which pupils and adults are treated well?
IQ5: How does the school’s theologically rooted Christian vision create an active culture of justice and responsibility?
IQ6: Is the religious education curriculum effective (with reference to the expectations set out in the Church of England’s Statement of Entitlement for Religious Education)?

SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles appropriate to, and reflective of, their particular context in order to be distinctively and effectively Christian in their character and ethos. SIAMS inspectors therefore do not look for a set template of what a Church school should be like, but rather take the particular context of the school into account and base their evaluation on the outcomes rather than the process.

Inspectors make one of two judgements:

The inspection findings indicate that the school is living up to its foundation as a Church school, and is enabling pupils and adults to flourish.

Or

The inspection findings indicate that the school has strengths, but that there are also issues that leaders need to address as a matter of priority.

SIAMS has changed it's inspection process this academic year (2023/ 2024) and the school has also changed from Twitter to Facebook.  Please find below some evidence across the seven strands of the old SIAMS inspection framework.  The new Facebook link is on our opening website page.

Strand 1: Vision and Leadership

Strand 2: Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills 

Strand 3: Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy

Strand 4: Community and Living Well Together 

Strand 5: Dignity and Respect   

Strand 6: The impact of collective worship

Strand 7: The effectiveness of religious education 

Full SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools’) report - CM SIAMS Church School Report May 2016