Inspections

Inspections

We are proud that St. Michael’s Junior school was rated ‘outstanding’ in our SIAMs inspection in 2015 and rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in 2017

SIAMs

We are an excellent Church school and were last inspected by SIAMs in 2015 when we received an Outstanding grading.

The SIAMS schedule information (2018)

As a Church of England school, in addition to monitoring by OFSTED, we are also inspected under a system called the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). The SIAMS inspection takes place usually on a five yearly cycle but it can be earlier depending on circumstances. This is a national system which is organised, for our school, through the Diocese of Chelmsford. The SIAMS inspection is part of our ongoing process of school development and improvement.

From September 2018 there is a new SIAMS schedule in place with two significant changes. These are:

  • moving from making a judgement about the school based around four key questions to one key question, assessed under seven strands. These strands include the school’s Christian vision, collective worship and religious education. The key question is now, ‘How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish’; and,
  • moving from four possible judgements (Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement, Inadequate) to three – Excellent, Good and Requires Improvement. (Please note that there are certain specified circumstances when a judgement of ‘Ineffective as a Church school’ can be awarded as an overall judgement.)