What is a SIAMS inspection?
SIAMS stands for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the National Society's framework as a process for evaluating the extent to which church schools are "distinctively and recognisably Christian". All Church of England Schools receive a Section 48 Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) in addition to the regular Section 5 Ofsted inspection. These inspections take place on a five year cycle.
A new and more rigorous schedule for SIAMS inspections was introduced in 2018. Under this new schedule, the bar for schools has been raised with the old ‘outstanding’ grade being merged into the new ‘good’. Good is now the 'gold standard' for church schools.
This new evaluation schedule has one overarching inspection question: How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels (including governors), in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?
This question is evaluated through seven strands:
Voluntary controlled (VC) schools, such as ours, are given one overall grade and a standalone grade for Strand 6 (the impact of collective worship). Voluntary aided (VA) or former voluntary aided schools, such as our federation partner Wilmcote Primary, also receive an additional, standalone judgement for Strand 7 (the effectiveness of religious education).
Current SIAMS Inspection Grade
Loxley Primary was last inspected in March 2020, under the new inspection schedule. We were graded as securely GOOD overall, with EXCELLENT for the impact of collective worship.
We were particularly proud of the following strengths, which were highlighted in our report: