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Purpose and focus of SIAMS inspections

The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (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.

Please use the links available on this page to find out more about the support available through the diocese, our SIAMS resources and SIAMS inspection reports. 

We offer training and support for schools in the Diocese of Guildford around all aspects of SIAMS. Please contact Jane Whittington or Susan Costa.

Please see the Church of England's SIAMS page for the most up-to-date inspection documentation and guidance.

SIAMS Inspection information

All SIAMS inspections are managed centrally by the national SIAMS team. A list of schools likely to be inspected during the academic year is published on the Church of England website.

Information about training available from Guildford Diocese can be found on the GDBE elevate site.

SIAMS Resources

The SIAMS Framework, model Self Evaluation Templates and other important resources from the Church of England.

Key guidance may be found via the Support Materials for the SIAMS Inspection Questions area of this website.

Our toolkit of resources to help school leaders and governors to prepare for inspection are in the SIAMS Download area of the GDBE-elevate site.

SIAMS Inspection Reports
SIAMS Inspection reports are published on individual schools’ websites. They can also be accessed via the SIAMS page on the Church of England website
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