SIAMS - Church School Inspections

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools

As a Church of England school we are subject to a SIAMS inspection aswell as an Ofsted Inspection. The SIAMS inspection takes place every 5years. All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the National Society's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.

In November 2015 our school was graded as Outstanding.

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Tarporley as a Church of England school are outstanding

  • The visionary, dynamic and inspirational Christian leadership of the headteacher, very effectively supported by governors and staff, shapes and sustains the vibrant Christian character and ethos of the school. It also ensures that deeply embedded Christian values make a strong contribution to children’s well-being and academic progress.

  • Outstanding Religious Education (RE) and collective worship help to promote a culture of enquiry, reflection, prayer and faith development in which spirituality thrives.

  • Exceptional pastoral care reflects the Christian values of love, trust, friendship and forgiveness. As a result, children’s behaviour is outstanding, as are their high levels of mutual support and concern for others beyond the school.

  • The school serves and draws strength from a variety of communities.  Links with churches and other local and global partners are especially beneficial. (SIAMS 2015 )

The framework for inspection provides a process for evaluating the extent to which church schools are "distinctively and recognisably Christian institutions".

Inspection focus

SIAMS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles, which reflect their particular local context or church tradition in order to be distinctive and effective. Inspectors will, therefore, not be looking to apply a preconceived template of what a church school should be like.

The principal objective of SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school.

Towards this objective, inspectors seek answers to four key 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?

The National Society's Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) framework is used in all Section 48 inspections of Church of England schools and in the denominational inspection of academies.  

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Tarporley CE Primary, Park Road, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 0AN

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