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 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.

The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection 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:

  1. Vision and Leadership
  2. Wisdom, Knowledge, and Skills
  3. Character Development: Hope, Aspiration, and Courageous Advocacy
  4. Community and Living Well Together
  5. Dignity and Respect
  6. Impact of Collective Worship
  7. 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 and former VA schools for religious education (RE). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone.


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

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