Our Legal requirement
SIAMS stands for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools.
Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 and The Education (School Inspection) (England) Regulations 2009 (SI1564) requires that all schools designated as having a religious character, must undergo a Section 48 inspection (SIAMS) every 5 years.
Purpose and focus of a SIAMS inspection
The principal objective of SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church school, and how well the distinctive Christian character and ethos of the school ensures the development and achievement of the whole child.
This is evaluated through four core questions:
- How well 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 Religious Education?
- How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a Church school?