As a Church of England School, we are inspected by the diocese every four years. On May 20th 2015, we had our most recent 'Statutory Inspections Of Anglican and Methodist Schools' (SIAMS) inspection and were delighted with the report which judged us to be an outstanding church school.
Having spoken in depth to the children, governors and parents, observed Collective Worship and RE teaching, interviewed the Head and Deputy as well as analysing standards and inspecting a wealth of documentary evidence, the inspector highlighted the following strengths of our school:
The inclusive Christian vision of the school ensures that all children are supported in their personal well-being and in their academic achievement.
Teaching of the school’s Christian values makes a significant impact on children’s lives.
As a result of the school’s Christian ethos, behaviour is of a very high standard.
Inspiring teaching of religious education ensures that children have an excellent understanding of and respect for diversity.
Strategic development of leaders at all levels leads to substantial benefits for the school.
The following areas were identified as a focus for improvement:
Ensure children have regular opportunities to engage in high quality experiences which develop their personal spirituality.
Ensure that children frequently plan, lead and evaluate collective worship to increase further the impact of worship on learners.
Enable children to develop the use of personal prayer as part of their own spiritual journey.
The framework below outlines what the inspectors assess during their visit:
SIAMS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles, which reflect their particular local context or church tradition in order to be distinctive and effective. Inspectors will, therefore, not be looking to apply a preconceived template of what a church school should be like.
The principal objective of SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school.
Towards this objective, inspectors seek answers to four key questions.