Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School - a church school serving the community since 1686.
Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School is an Outstanding SIAMS school.
The new SIAMS Evaluation Schedule came into operation in September 2018.
All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.
Purpose and focus of SIAMS inspections
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:
- Vision and Leadership
- Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
- Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
- Community and Living Well Together
- Dignity and Respect
- The impact of collective worship
- The 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.
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.
Staff attended SIAMS training on the 20th September with Governors attending a bespoke session led by our Diocesan Adviser on the 25th October. This session was for both staff and governors of our All Saints Partnership network of schools.
As part of the initial SIAMS training we looked at the SIAMS framework with a particular focus on...
- To what extent is the school’s vision and its associated values grounded in a clear theology firmly rooted in a Christian narrative?
After attending the training we met with our vicar Revd Rupert Martin to evaluate our philosophy and values statement in order to outline the theology underpinning our vision. The link below outlines explicit links between our vision and the Bible. Rupert then lead a staff meeting for all staff on the 7th November 2018 to further discuss our whole school vision.
This staff training session was then followed by attendance on further All Saints Partnership training led by our Diocesan Adviser; What does it means to be a teacher in a Church School?'
“This new framework focuses unashamedly on vision, with the hope that it will allow governing bodies to place more of an emphasis on their purpose in education, ensuring that the school’s Christian vision impacts in ways which enable the whole school community to flourish.”
Revd Nigel Genders – Chief Education Officer