Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools

The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) is the national framework for Church of England school inspection. It evaluates four areas in Voluntary Aided schools and three in Voluntary Controlled schools:

  • 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? (in VA schools and academies)
  • How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?

The inspection takes place once every 5 years and is undertaken by inspectors that are nationally trained and recognised. Chester Diocese provides a support service through its Family of Schools whereby an interim visit takes place to advise schools on their progress regarding SIAMS.

The latest framework and information can be found on the Church of England website here.

Chester, Liverpool and Manchester diocese have come together for the administration of the inspections and this is now done through Liverpool Diocese. The latest handbook for the three dioceses can be found here.

If you have any general queries then please contact sue.noakes@chester.anglican.org 


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