SIAMS is the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. This is also known as a Section 48 inspection.
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.
The SIAMS inspection therefore has one key 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, which St. Mary's is, for Religious Education (R.E.). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone.
SIAMS inspections occur every five years. We were last inspected in March 2018. Attached below is the inspection report: