The current SIAMS Schedule is statutory for all church schools. Click here for the national Church of England SIAMS page
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.
In normal times, 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).
Schools judged as less than good in their last inspection may be re-inspected 3 years afterwards. (For example, a school inspected in April 2017 would be re-inspected in April 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 a member of the national SIAMS management team. An annual list of expected schools for inspection is published at the start of the academic year.
A member of the diocesan education team may attend the inspection feedback and, 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 free mid-cycle monitoring visit by a member of the team will be carried out to assess progress against the areas of development and provide support for next steps.
SIAMS inspections have currently been postponed due to Covid 19 and lockdown. Please read ‘SIAMS Next Steps Statement for Schools 080721’ communication for schools from the National Director of SIAMS which addresses the re-starting of inspections, likely in October 2021. We will update you as further information becomes available. Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any queries or questions.
Church of England SIAMS information webpage Check the Church of England website which includes additional information and resources that may support you in your schools.
The Education Team organise core SIAMS training annually in the Autumn term. Please see the training brochure and book in via the google form found here .
Schools, particularly where there is a change in leadership structure, or if they are due their SIAMS inspection shortly, and have not attended training, are strongly advised to attend this training. In addition, schools may also request bespoke in school training via the Education training, support and events webpage.