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In January 2023, as a Church of England School, St Andrew’s was inspected under the SIAMS Framework and was judged to be an “Excellent School.”

“A deeply Christian vision is the golden thread that weaves through every aspect of
school life. Everyone is enabled to develop within the life-changing, transformational,
and loving culture that permeates the school. Dedicated leaders and staff watch over pupils and one another with love. A culture of nurture and nourishment welcomes and embraces all.

The entire school community is united by a ‘love to learn without limits’, which ensures pupils ‘shine’ academically and socially. ” (SIAMS 2023)

We are very proud of this judgement. Please read the full report which is linked on this page.

What is a SIAMs inspection?

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.

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.

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.