SIAMS Inspection - Letter to Parents
12th December 2019
Thursday 12th December 2019
RE: Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist School
We would like to share with you the results of an inspection that took place on 29th November – a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). In a similar way to Ofsted, all Church of England schools are visited regularly to evaluate the key question: How effective is the school's distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling all 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. The new framework came into force in September 2018, and makes it far more difficult for schools to achieve the highest grade. The new criteria are exceptionally rigorous and challenging; exploring the way a school strives to fulfil the seven strands.
We are delighted to tell you that we received an overall grade of Excellent (the highest grade), and were also judged to be Excellent in the impact of Collective Worship. In the Birmingham Diocese, we are the first school to have been deemed Excellent since the new framework came into force!
Our wonderful ethos and environment is thanks to the energy, skills and commitment of our whole school community – staff, parents, children and governors. It’s a huge team effort and we feel so fortunate to be part of such a supportive and caring ‘family’.
There is also clearly a great deal of work that goes on behind the scenes to build upon those strong foundations to ensure that children receive the best education and wider opportunities, and flourish as in our school vision. As one of our pupils so beautifully explained to the inspector: “ The school teaches us so we can keep safe when the world goes up and down.”
As part of the process, the inspector looked in detail at the seven strands, the progress of pupils (including in RE), our relationship with the community, opportunities for all members of the school community to explore their spirituality, and our impact as global citizens.
A huge thank you to all the hard-working staff at school who care deeply about the children here and strive for excellence every day. To all the children who strive to be the best they can be every day and who demonstrate our values through the way they live. And also to the parents and children who spoke to the SIAMS inspector and were so positive about our school.
We have published the report on the school website for parents and carers to access as well as attaching some paper copies in the main office should you wish to take a copy.
Wishing you a blessed and joyous Christmas
# Learning for Life Anchored in Christ