Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

All Church of England Schools receive a Section 48 Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) inspection as well as the regular Section 5 or Section 8 Ofsted inspection. The SIAMS 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 at inspection through seven strands.

Click here for the national Church of England SIAMS page which will also provide any updates linked to changes due to Covid-19.

Schools judged to be good or better at their last inspection will be re-inspected  five years after the end of the  year  they were last inspected. (For example a school inspected in September 2015 would be re-inspected in September 2020).

SIAMS inspections will be carried out with no more than 1 week’s notice and the school will be informed of the date by the National SIAMS Team.

After the inspection, schools may request for a member of the Education Team to make a post-inspection visit to support the school in addressing  the areas for development and inspection findings.  Requests can be made by emailing

A mid-term monitoring visit by the Diocese will be carried out to assess progress against the areas of development.

SIAMS inspections restarted in October 2021 and a list of schools can be found here.

Please see below for additional information and resources for strands 1-5. Information on Spiritual Development in Schools, Collective Worship and Religious Education can be accessed using the navigation menu at the top of the page, or by clicking on those key words.