Dr Walker's Church of England Primary School

An Exceptional Place to Flourish


SIAMS - November 2017

Purpose and focus of SIAMS inspections


All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.  The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.


SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles appropriate to, and reflective of, their particular context in order to be distinctively and effectively Christian in their character and ethos. SIAMS inspectors therefore do not look for a set template of what a Church school should be like, but rather take the particular context of the school into account and base their evaluation on the outcomes rather than the process.


The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?


This is explored through seven strands:

  • Vision and Leadership

  • Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills

  • Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy

  • Community and Living Well Together

  • Dignity and Respect

  • The impact of collective worship

  • The effectiveness of religious education 


One overall grade is awarded reflecting the contribution of these strands to the flourishing of pupils and adults in a Church school. In addition a standalone grade is awarded in all schools for collective worship and in voluntary aided (VA) schools and former VA schools for religious education (RE). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone.


For more information about the processes, policies and protocols of SIAMS in your area please contact your local diocese

OFSTED - June 2019

26 June 2019

Full inspection: GOOD

Published: 18 July 2019

23 March 2017


Published: 04 May 2017

05 July 2012

Full inspection: GOOD

Published: 20 July 2012

12 March 2009

Full inspection: SATISFACTORY

Published: 02 April 2009

08 May 2006

Full inspection: GOOD

Published: 06 June 2006

03 April 2000

Full inspection

Published: 04 July 2000