Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools (SIAS)
As well as OFSTED inspections (see previous pages), all Church of England schools are inspected to evaluate the extent to which they are ‘distinctively and recognisably Christian institutions’.
All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the National Society’s framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools (SIAS) 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.
To access the school’s SIAS reports, please click the links below.
SIAS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it. As Church schools employ a variety of strategies and styles, to reflect their particular local context or church tradition in order to be distinctive and effective, inspectors do not therefore look to apply a preconceived template of what a church school should be like.
The principal objective of SIAS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school.
Towards this objective, inspectors seek answers to four key 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?
The National Society’s Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools (SIAS) framework is used in all Section 48 inspections of Church of England schools and in the denominational inspection of academies.
More information can be learned from the Church of England website on ‘Inspecting our Schools’ which a current or prospective parent or carer might find useful:
Queen Eleanor’s School SIAS Report October 2007
Queen Eleanor’s had their last inspection on 29th October 2007 under the previous headmaster, while the school expects to be inspected from the spring term of 2012 onwards to coincide with the OFSTED inspection which is due around that time.
The following is a summary of the October 2007 report:
National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools Report
Queen Eleanor’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
Queen Eleanor’s Road
Local authority: Surrey
Dates of inspection: 29 October 2007
Date of previous inspection: March 2002
School’s unique reference number: 125188
Headteacher: Mr. Hugh Rawson
Inspector’s name and number: The Revd A Fiddian-Green (NSI 383)
Description of the school
Queen Eleanor’s CE Junior school has 248 pupils and is situated on the outskirts of Guildford in a village environment. Over time, the intake of the school has widened and
now encompasses children from diverse backgrounds and families. About a quarter come from areas outside Onslow Village. The majority of pupils have white/British heritage and
the number of children from other ethnic heritages is below average. The school has recently had a successful OFSTED inspection. Standards of achievement are above average.
The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Queen Eleanor’s as a Church of England school are good
Queen Eleanor’s is a good church school with several aspects that are outstanding. It is fully committed to its care and concern for every child as an individual, and its Christian values underpin all it offers. The attention to pupils’ personal development is outstanding, and through the School Council their views are listened to and often acted upon. The school teaches pupils about environmental awareness and this too is based on the Christian principle of stewardship of the earth.
• There is a strong Christian ethos of care and respect for all members of the school community.
• Worship is a valued part of each day, and is well organised.
• Religious education is outstanding.
• The leadership and vision of the headteacher are outstanding.
Focus for development
• To improve the visible signs of the school’s links to the Church of England.
• To implement formal evaluative systems whereby pupils, staff and governors evaluate collective worship
If you have any questions regarding the SIAS report, or indeed any matter relating to Queen Eleanor’s School as a Church of England School, please contact the Headteacher or either of our local clergy at All Saint’s or St Nicolas’.