Ofsted & SIAMS Reports
The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (OfSTED) carries out regular inspections of each school in England, resulting in a published evaluation of the effectiveness of the school.
We had a very successful inspection in December 2009 where we were graded as ‘good’ overall with seven areas highlighted as ‘outstanding’. In 2013, the school received an Interim Assessment Statement to say that the school’s performance has been sustained and that our next full inspection will be deferred.
In December 2014, our school was inspected and judged to be ‘good’.
It is now significantly harder to achieve a good judgement as changes in the Ofsted framework mean that it is now more exacting and stringent; demanding more by way of rates of progress across all key stages than previously. Therefore we are very pleased with the outcome of our inspection and it has given us renewed purpose to strive to be even better.
Other reports and publications:
The School Data Dashboard published by Ofsted provides a high level summary of a school’s performance data. The data is presented in a simple, accessible way to ensure that users do not require an in-depth knowledge of school statistics in order to use it.
Parent View is an online facility launched by Ofsted that allows parents and carers the chance to tell them what they think about their child’s school at any time of the school year. Ofsted uses this information when making decisions about which schools to inspect, and when.
The School Performance Tables published by the Department for Education gives information on the achievements of pupils in schools and colleges, and how they compare with other schools and colleges in the Local Authority (LA) area and in England as a whole.
Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools – SIAMS
The National Society’s framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 sets out the expectations for and provides a process for evaluating the extent to which church schools are “distinctively and recognisably Christian institutions“.
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.
The principal objective of SIAMS inspection is to focus on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it, and evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school.
All church schools are SIAMS inspected within a five year period and the four key questions asked are:
- 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?
- How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?
Our SIAMS grade:
- In May 2015, we had a statutory inspection as a Church of England School and we were graded ‘good’ overall.