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SIAMS Report

As a Church of England school we are subject to a SIAMS inspection as well as an Ofsted Inspection. The SIAMS inspection takes place every 5years. All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the National Society's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.

In December 2023, the school was found to be living up to its foundation as a Church School.

The Christian vision is well established and articulated clearly within the school and trust leaders. Pupils understand how they can let their light shine within the community. The vision enables pupils and adults to flourish in a supportive and loving community.

  • A genuine passion for being agents for change is evident in the school community. This culminates with social action and makes a palpable difference in the local village.
  • Collective worship provides calm, reflective opportunities for personal spirituality. The school's Christian vision and shared values are embedded in inclusive worship that is invitational and beneficial for all.
  • The Christian vision is lived out through strong support for the wellbeing of all members of the school community. As a result, everyone lives together well and is lovingly cared for.
  • Effective leadership in religious education (RE) has established an improved curriculum that is well sequenced and balanced. It develops knowledge and understanding of major religions and encourages a tolerance for all.

" Audlem St James' aspirational Christian vision, underpinned by a rich theological narrative, is at the heart of all aspects of school life. It is inspired by Jesus' words in the 'sermon on the mount'. As a result, leaders aspire for the school, set on a hill, to be a shining light for the community."

Inspection focus

SIAMS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it. 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. Inspectors will, therefore, not be looking to apply a preconceived template of what a church school should be like.

The principal objective of SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school. Towards this objective, inspectors seek answers to four key questions:

  • 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?

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