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SIAMS Inspection Report 2017

Emmanuel Community School is proud to announce that it has a received a grade of “OUTSTANDING” in all areas for its recent SIAMS inspection.

About SIAMS

The Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the National Society’s framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The framework sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 and provides a process for evaluating the extent to which church schools are “distinctively and recognisably Christian institutions”.

Inspection Focus

SIAMS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles, which reflect their particular local context or church tradition in order to be distinctive and effective.

Below are some quotes from the inspectors report:

•           The school has a very strong and clear Christian foundation which directly and positively expresses its service to its diverse community. This allows pupils to flourish as ‘children of God’ with their various gifts and talents well recognised.

•           There is a strong sense of belonging, with pupils, parents and staff being intensely proud of their school ‘family’. This expresses the school’s core Christian values very well and impacts constructively on the inclusive, caring and supportive relationships in evidence across the school.

•           Pupils’ behaviour is consistently very good and clearly conveys the school’s Christian ethos in action. Pupils are polite and well-mannered. They engage positively with their learning.

•           The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners.  The school’s core values and golden rules are expressly linked to Christian teaching whilst being inclusive of pupils of all faiths and none. Pupils are able to link these values to their own behaviour.

•           The impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding.  The worship programme plays a pivotal role in school life. It expressly celebrates the school’s Christian foundation, and is presented sensitively, so that it is inclusive of the different faith and non-faith backgrounds represented.

The effectiveness of the religious education is outstanding

•           The RE curriculum has a high profile across the school. The effective use of a resource called, ‘Discovering RE’ is providing relevant support for planning and teaching of this subject area. There is an appropriate balance between the majority of teaching which focuses on Christianity and that which addresses other world faiths such as Judaism and Islam.

•           The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is outstanding.  As a clear expression of the school’s deeply rooted Christian ethos and values, senior leaders, governors and trustees ensure that structures are in place which correctly focus on pupils’ attainment, progress and wellbeing.

Report – Emmanuel school – March 2017