All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule 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' (Lord Dearing, The Way Ahead: Church of England Schools in the New Millenium, 2001).
Purpose and focus of SIAMS inspections
The principal objective of SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school, and how well the distinctive Christian character and ethos of the school ensure the development and achievement of the whole child or young person.
This is evaluated through four core questions:
- How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
- What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
- How effective is the Religious Education? (in VA schools and academies)
- How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?
Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles appropriate to, and reflective of, their particular context in order to be distinctively and effectively Christian in their character and ethos. SIAMS inspectors therefore do not look for a set template of what a church school should be like, but rather take the particular context of the school into account and base their evaluation on the outcomes rather than the process.
Townlands is an outward facing school and is involved in a variety of local, national and international partnerships. Locally we have strong links with the Earl Shilton family of schools for sharing and developing good practice. We are also part of the Affinity Teaching School Alliance which enables us to work collaboratively with other Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire schools to share best practice. We hold our own version of ‘Townlands Got Talent’ to coincide with Children in Need. All children visit the local library and have been encouraged to join and take part in the summer reading scheme. We hold an annual book fare to promote a love of reading. Townlands support the local poppy appeal through fund raising and our school council visit the local war memorial to lay a wreath. National charities are supported by School Council organised events including Children in Need, Dahlicious Day, LOROS (fitness in school), Comic Relief and supporting an Ovarian Cancer charity.