Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools

SIAMS inspections are carried out in all Anglican and Methodist schools. The principal objective is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school, assuming a school is ‘Good’ and focusing the inspection on finding and celebrating evidence of this.  Inspectors are looking to see how the school’s Christian vision shapes the school and how effective this is in enabling pupils and adults to flourish. You can view a school’s most recent SIAMS inspection report on the school’s website.

From autumn 2021, SIAMS inspections move from a regional to a nationally-coordinated approach.

There will be no inspections until October 2021 at the earliest as SIAMS Inspectors receive updates and refresher training in September. We expect them to then work to conduct all due inspections in chronological order. Therefore, if you were due in March 2020 you should expect to be inspected in the Spring or Summer term of 2022.

The system is running 18 months behind schedule, so this may provide you with a rough estimate of when your particular inspection may likely occur. We will let you know more when we know more and will be available to support you as you prepare for inspection during the next academic year.

For information about the inspection procedure, SIAMS handbook and other documents please see the Church of England Education Office website using this link.  For more information about SIAMS related courses please contact

We have developed documentation that may help you and also offer the following:

  • SIAMS Preparation Supportive Meeting
  • SIAMS SEF Desktop Exercise

We also have some useful information for schools on our resources page which can be accessed here:

If you are interested in any of the above please email

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