SIAMS school inspections

In accordance with Section 48 of the Education Act 2005, all Church of England schools are subject to the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under the schedule provided by the Church of England Education Office.

The latest SIAMS Inspection Schedule took effect from September 2021. This, along with other new documents from the Church of England Education Office are available to download below.

Our schools advisers are here to help with any matters relating to SIAMS and in particular to support schools as they move forward and address the key issues arising from inspection. We also offer regular training events as part of our CPD programme for teachers and governors. From September 2021 all necessary checks on serving inspectors will be carried out by the national SIAMS team, who will also be responsible for allocating inspectors to school SIAMS inspections.

The team are now offering mid – term SIAMS health checks and informal ‘SIAMS conversations. Please contact contact Pauline Dodds for more information.

Useful Resources

Examples of good practice

Trinity Church School in  Portishead achieved a grade of excellent in March 2020.  The inspector praised the school’s ‘rich and cohesive curriculum brimming with opportunities to flourish and pupils willing to take them.’  Take a look at their website here

St Mark’s Church School in Worle, which is a joint Anglican and Methodist church school, received a visit from the Director of Education for the Methodists Schools who praised the schools website and how clearly it provided evidence against the SIAMS framework. For inspiration and to see how they have achieved this, you can look at their website.

Who to contact

Pauline Dodds, Diocesan Schools Adviser (Wells Archdeaconry)

Jan Chandler, School Effectiveness and Training Events Administrator


SIAMS Good practice in SIAMS self-evaluation

SIAMS Information for Schools

SIAMS Inspection Deferral Policy

SIAMS Appeals and Complaints Policy


SIAMS evaluation schedule

SIAMS handbook

C of E Education Dept statement on Understanding Christianity and SIAMS

Governance and accountability in the new SIAMS evaluation schedule

SIAMS - a brief guide for governors