Church of England schools have a denominational inspection called SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools)

As well as being inspected by Ofsted, denominational schools have a further inspection under section 48 of the Education Act 2005.  In Church of England/Church in Wales schools this is referred to as Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).

For further information on SIAMS inspection, click here.

Governing bodies should have a contract with their SIAMS inspector. You can download one by clicking here.

Liverpool Diocese now oversees the administration of SIAMS inspections for Chester, Manchester and Liverpool dioceses.

During out last inspection they said:

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Christ Church as a Church of England school are outstanding
The school has:
– Passionate Christian leadership from the headteacher and religious education (RE)/collective worship (CW) leader ensure that Christian distinctiveness is a priority. 
– Strong links with St. Thomas’ church enable children to belong to the church and school and provides opportunities for spiritual development. 
– Collective worship has a positive impact on the prayer life of the children so that they can pray in any place and at any time.
– The understanding of God’s love for every individual results in every child being nurtured and challenged to be the best that they can be.
Established Strengths
ï‚· Interactive child friendly collective worship based upon the Anglican liturgy
ï‚· Christian ethos and care with a clear understanding by all members of the school community of Jesus’ words, ‘love one another as I have loved you’

The areas we are working on include the themes that they identified:

To put systems in place so that the governing body is fully involved in regular self-evaluation of the school as a church school. ï‚·

To provide opportunities and experiences so that the children develop a greater awareness of Christianity as a multi-cultural faith.


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