Celebrating SIAMS success last year in church schools

SIAMS is not just an inspection, this SIAMS is so much more than an inspection!

Unlike Rowan Atkinson’s claims about preparing the gift wrap in the film Love Actually, SIAMS is certainly not ‘Prontissimo’ or ‘The work of a moment…’

The SIAMS schedule seeks to help us focus on how our effectiveness and outcomes, including and also beyond the academic, can consistently be the very best for all members of our school families and communities.

It is still early in this new schedule and there are many frustrations and questions yet to be ironed out, not least some clarity around what constitutes ‘excellence’. However, it is great to see so much wonderful practice being recognised in schools across our Diocese. Christian inspired, values led behaviours, partnerships and activities underpinned by clear visions and leadership reflect how distinctly Christian schools enhance broad outcomes for individuals and communities. Greatly innovative practices are also offering fantastic enrichment and we are keen to hear about and share examples as much as we can, so please do keep sharing your tremendous work with us.

Together we are learning and making a positive difference within our schools and communities, using the SIAMS schedule as a guide in this. So, please do remember SIAMS is for day to day life – not just inspection!

Ed Gregory, Diocesan Director of Education

Creech St Michael Church Primary School have been looking together as a school at what spirituality is, and how to develop it across the school day, and within the curriculum. Their work on developing SIAMs priorities following on from their inspection in the summer of 2019, had led them to looking at their provision for spirituality. An effective Ethos Group and the staff worked together over the period of several years to agree six values for learning, with one of these being ‘spirituality’. Their thinking has been presented in an A4 poster which is displayed across the school, understood by all and demonstrated in practice.  Their SIAMS report says ‘The school has developed its own innovative approach to spiritual development which is shared by staff and pupils……..These have a significant impact on pupils’ personal development and achievement.’

Well done to Creech St Michael for achieving a ‘Good’ grade at inspection and also to Cameley CofE Primary School, Combe St Nicholas C of E Primary School and West Monkton CofE Primary School who achieved an ‘Excellent’ in the SIAMS inspection last term.

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