Church Schools are inspected under the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) framework. Schools which the previous SIAS inspection deemed to be good or outstanding will be inspected after five full academic years have elapsed following that inspection. Schools which were previously judged to be satisfactory by SIAS will be inspected once three full academic years have elapsed since the inspection. Consequently a school, with an outstanding or a good judgement between September 2008 and July 2009 will have its next SIAMS inspection after 1 September 2014. A school graded satisfactory in the year from September 2009 to July 2010 can be inspected from 1 September 2013 onwards.

Where the Ofsted and SIAMS cycles of inspection permit, the SIAMS will be held within a year of Ofsted. Schools will be contacted by their inspector on a Friday and the inspection will take place during the following week on a day suitable for both the school and the inspector. Primary schools will have a one day inspection whilst voluntary aided secondary schools and academies will have two days of inspection.

  • SIAMS inspection makes a judgement on how distinctive and effective church schools are by evaluating: how far the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meets the needs of all learners; 
  • the impact of collective worship on the school community; 
  • the effectiveness of religious education; 
  • the effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school.

Inspection is based on verification of schools’ own self-evaluation as set out in the SEF and, where available, a church school self-evaluation toolkit. Further details are in the school improvement section.

Schools informed of their Ofsted inspection should contact Maurice Smith.

Manchester Diocese has prepared a powerpoint document to help your school Prepare for SIAMS Inspection

SIAMS Inspections - Handbook (cover)

SIAMS Insepctions - Handbook

Information for Inspectors

Code of Practice for SIAMS Inspections

Inspectors Handbook May 2015

Useful links

The National Society self-evaluation toolkit

National Society Framework for SIAMS inspection

SIAMS Evaluation Schedule and grade descriptors