School Inspection

DBE Policy

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Procedures for conducting SIAMS inspections in the Carlisle Diocese,  click here  to download this page as a document.

 SIAMS Evaluation Schedule

At the start of the academic year

The Deputy Diocesan Director of Education [DDDE]

  • provides all CE schools with information about the organisation of SIAMS over that year and the list of dates schools are due for inspection.
  • schedules CE schools for a SIAMS inspection for each term of that year.

Schools contact the DDDE to discuss their specific needs for inspection eg. The choice of inspector, times in the year that will not be appropriate (residential weeks etc.)

The term before the inspection

DDDE schedules an inspector and a specific week for the schools to be inspected that term.

One week before the inspection

DDDE notifies the inspector of the school and sends information about the school including published school data.

The week of the inspection

The DDDE –

  • contacts school and fixes a date for SIAMS later that week.
  • emails written confirmation to the school and the inspector.
  • sends the school a copy of the information received by the inspector the previous week.

The School

  • emails SEF(and other self-evaluation materials) to the inspector.

The SIAMS inspector

Contacts the school and makes provisional arrangements for the day. This will include opportunities to meet with or speak to:

  • Head [early in the inspection]
  • Chair of Governors (or a substitute)
  • Incumbent and/or a foundation governor
  • Children

and to observe

  • collective worship
  • religious education (in a voluntary aided school)

It may also include meetings with:

  • Parents
  • Co-ordinator for collective worship
  • Co-ordinator for RE
  • Other members of staff
  • Visits to other lessons or classes     etc.

1 working day before the inspection

The SIAMS inspector emails the SIAMS Inspection Briefing (SIB) to the headteacher. The purpose of the SIB is to inform the school of the inspector’s provisional judgements based on the documents provided in advance. It also identifies the focus of the inspection. It should be shared with relevant governors and staff in order to help them to prepare for the inspection.

SIAMS Inspection Day

The inspector has the option, where there are difficulties during the inspection of contacting the DDDE [or if he is unavailable another Carlisle Diocese SIAMS inspector] for advice or support during an inspection. The inspector should always consult with the DDDE if there appears to be any likelihood of the school receiving a grade 4 in one or more categories.

If, before the inspection, the DDDE anticipates any difficulties he will have made suitable arrangements – eg through a formal diocesan briefing agreed with the school, an enhanced inspection team or a suitable shadow inspector etc. The inspector is responsible for ensuring that a secure inspection is completed and in exceptional circumstances may judge it necessary to adjourn or extend the inspection in consultation with the DDDE.

Provisional verbal feedback will take place at the end of the day. The feedback usually will be to the headteacher, the chair of governors, the parish priest and/or a foundation governor and any other appropriate people requested by the school.

(For further detail see Schools appealing a judgement in the Carlisle diocese)

The inspector should make clear that all grades are subject to quality assurance procedures and may be revised up or down during this process.

Immediately after the inspection

The inspector emails a draft report, a draft Judgement Reporting Form (JRF) and the SIB to the Quality assurance officer (QA). Who will offer advice on the draft report and may, in consultation with  the DDDE, advise the inspector to amend the provisional grade. The DDDE reviews the QA process .

When a final draft has been agreed with the QA, the inspector sends this draft to the DDDE for final checking and sends the approved draft to the school head with a request for corrections of fact within 2 working days.

Inspectors are required to ensure that they have "accepted all changes" in the document to ensure that none of the edited changes can be seen by the school.

About 15 working days after the inspection (Please note: during the introduction of SIAMS this may take longer.)

The inspector

  • emails the final report to the school, with a copy to the DDDE (a copy of which is forwarded to the LA) and an invoice for the cost of the inspection.

The school governors

  • Publish the report to parents and other appropriate bodies. The inspection is funded from public money and the publication of the report is a government requirement.

The Diocesan Director of Education

  • writes to the school regarding both inspections and sends a copy of the evaluation form.
  • contacts the school to discuss the inspection findings and agree any necessary report.

The School

Sends a copy of their post inspection action plan to the DDDE.

Inspectors should be familiar with current advice from Carlisle Diocesan Board of Education on all aspects of church schools. These are available from Diocesan Education Office or as a download from the website

   These practices may be varied occasionally to meet the needs of the school, the inspector etc.

Appendix - Inadequate Inspection Grades in Carlisle Diocese

Schools graded “inadequate” in a SIAMS inspection

Should a school receive an inadequate grade in any aspect of a SIAMS inspection the DDDO will:

  • convene a meeting with governors, the senior management team, clergy and appropriate diocesan officers.
  • agree an action plan detailing remedial action, additional diocesan support and appropriate monitoring by the diocese.

Non-compliance in collective worship (CW) or religious education (RE)

In a school where collective worship is not provided in compliance with the law:

  • the SIAMS inspector will be obliged to grade CW as “Inadequate as a result of non compliance with the law.”
  • s/he will be expected to provide the usual judgements and evidence of the quality of the CW that does exist.
  • this inadequate grade (4)  for CW will be considered in deciding the overall grade for the inspection.
  • the failure to provide CW will be considered in other areas of the inspection – ie. leadership and management of the school as a church school and the distinctive Christian character of the school.  However, it will not automatically require an inadequate grading in these areas.
  • if the Governors feel that there are strong extenuating circumstances then they may follow the procedure for appealing the grade with the diocese.
  • the same principles will apply to non compliance in respect of religious education.

Leadership and Management of the school as a church school.

The inspector is required to make a judgement regarding the effectiveness of the school’s response to the areas for development identified in the previous inspection. Where the inspector judges this to be ineffective the inspector will be required to grade leadership and management of the school as a church school as inadequate (grade 4). 


Recent Inspection Reports

St James CE Junior School, BarrowSt James CE Junior School, Barrow
File size  137kb    File date 17 Jul 2017
Culgaith CE SchoolCulgaith CE School
File size  139kb    File date 11 Jul 2017
Brigham St Bridget's CE SchoolBrigham St Bridget's CE School
File size  136kb    File date 27 Jun 2017
Penny Bridge CE AcademyPenny Bridge CE Academy
File size  136kb    File date 12 Jun 2017
Patterdale CE SchoolPatterdale CE School
File size  217kb    File date  8 Jun 2017
Warcop CE SchoolWarcop CE School
File size  262kb    File date 25 May 2017
Ivegill CE SchoolIvegill CE School
File size  215kb    File date 17 May 2017
Threlkeld CE SchoolThrelkeld CE School
File size  362kb    File date 13 Apr 2017
St Mark's CE SchoolSt Mark's CE School
File size  216kb    File date 12 Apr 2017
Selside CE SchoolSelside CE School
File size  218kb    File date 12 Apr 2017
Seaton St Pauls CE SchoolSeaton St Pauls CE School
File size  282kb    File date  5 Apr 2017
All Saints CE School, CockermouthAll Saints CE School, Cockermouth
File size  214kb    File date 14 Mar 2017
Bridekirk Dovenby CE SchoolBridekirk Dovenby CE School
File size  265kb    File date 27 Feb 2017
Plumbland CE SchoolPlumbland CE School
File size  132kb    File date 27 Feb 2017
Braithwaite CE SchoolBraithwaite CE School
File size  134kb    File date  2 Feb 2017
St Matthew's CE SchoolSt Matthew's CE School
File size  364kb    File date 31 Jan 2017
Langdale CE SchoolLangdale CE School
File size  257kb    File date 15 Dec 2016
Church Walk CE SchoolChurch Walk CE School
File size  271kb    File date  1 Dec 2016
Storth CE SchoolStorth CE School
File size  263kb    File date 24 Nov 2016
St Herberts CE SchoolSt Herberts CE School
File size  69kb    File date 24 Nov 2016
Beckermet CE SchoolBeckermet CE School
File size  267kb    File date 22 Nov 2016
Trinity SchoolTrinity School
File size  297kb    File date 15 Nov 2016
Dean CE SchoolDean CE School
File size  135kb    File date 14 Nov 2016
Grayrigg CE SchoolGrayrigg CE School
File size  334kb    File date 20 Oct 2016
Crosscanonby St John's CE SchoolCrosscanonby St John's CE School
File size  282kb    File date 20 Oct 2016
Crosby Ravensworth CE SchoolCrosby Ravensworth CE School
File size  99kb    File date 21 Jul 2016
Boltons CE SchoolBoltons CE School
File size  76kb    File date 21 Jul 2016
Heversham St Peters CE SchoolHeversham St Peters CE School
File size  130kb    File date 13 Jun 2016

Useful Links & Websites

   SIAMS page on Church of England website


                             Christian Values for Schools website

                CV4 Schools Self evaluation - a new section of the website full of practical examples of how Christian Values can be used in school improvement.


SIAMS Records to September 2015SIAMS Records to September 2015
File size  201kb    File date  6 Oct 2015
Procedures for SIAMS in Carlisle DioceseProcedures for SIAMS in Carlisle Diocese
File size  191kb    File date 21 Sep 2015
SIAMS Self-evaluation model documentSIAMS Self-evaluation model document
File size  347kb    File date 24 Aug 2015
Quality Assurance in Carlisle DioceseQuality Assurance in Carlisle Diocese
File size  132kb    File date 14 Jan 2015
Carlisle Diocese Inspection TeamCarlisle Diocese Inspection Team
File size  217kb    File date 14 Jan 2015
SIAMS Evaluation ScheduleSIAMS Evaluation Schedule
File size  651kb    File date 10 Oct 2014
Complaint Against a SIAMS InspectorComplaint Against a SIAMS Inspector
File size  105kb    File date 10 Oct 2014
Schools Appealing a SIAMS JudgementSchools Appealing a SIAMS Judgement
File size  117kb    File date 10 Oct 2014
School's Evaluation of SIAMS InspectionSchool's Evaluation of SIAMS Inspection
File size  90kb    File date 23 Apr 2014