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).
SIAMS explores ways in which each school’s theologically rooted Christian vision drives the work, and enables the school to live up to its foundation as a Church school.
The Evaluation Schedule (from September 2023) has three key questions:
1. Who are we as a school?
2. What are we doing here?
3. How, then, shall we live and learn together?
This is explored through seven questions:
How does the school’s theologically rooted Christian vision enable people to flourish?
How does the curriculum reflect the school’s theologically rooted Christian vision?
How is collective worship enabling pupils and adults to flourish spiritually?
How does the school’s theologically rooted Christian vision create a culture in which pupils and adults are treated well?
How does the school’s theologically rooted Christian vision create an active culture of justice and responsibility?
Is the religious education curriculum effective (with reference to the expectations set out in the Church of England’s Statement of Entitlement for Religious Education)?
What is the quality of religious education in (former) voluntary aided schools, or in former voluntary controlled schools in which denominational religious education is taught?
Having evaluated the evidence made available under the six/seven Inspection Questions, the inspector will award the school one of the two following judgements:
J1 - Through its vision and practice, the school is living up to its foundation as a Church school and is enabling pupils and adults to flourish.
J2 - The school’s vision and practice are not enabling it to fully live up to its foundation as a Church school. This is for the following reason/s.
SIAMS runs to a separate schedule to Ofsted inspections. Schools are inspected no less than 3 to 5 years after their last inspection. To find out more about the SIAMS inspection process, please see the SIAMS Framework for Inspection (2023) document here:
All Saints Laxfield was inspected in November 2023 and judged to be living up to its foundation as a Church school.
A copy of our report can be found here:
Please see our Collective Worship policy for details:
Please see our Religious Education (RE) policy for details: