Church of England

Purpose and focus of SIAMS inspections

The principal objective of SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school, and how well the distinctive Christian character and ethos of the school ensure the development and achievement of the whole child or young person.

This is evaluated through four core questions:

  • How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
  • What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
  • How effective is the Religious Education? (in VA schools and academies)
  • How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?

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. 

This information can be found on the Church of England website. If you would like to view the website and find out more, just click on the link below:


Church of England SIAMS


At Horsford Church of England Primary School we had a SIAMS inspection in May 2017. You can read the report here:

SIAMS Inspection Report

SIAMS School Cover Letter

This was the first inspection we have had since opening as a Voluntary Aided Primary School and we feel that the report reflects our progress along the journey we are on to developing the Christian Distinctiveness of the school. The ‘Good’ judgement for Leadership and Management shows a clear capacity for development, and the leadership team, alongside support from Reverend Margaret are very much looking forward to working together to create an action plan to address the identified areas of improvement.