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.
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
Information for Inspectors