Diocese of Chichester Education

SIAMS Inspections

1 February 2022

Due to the current high number of Covid cases in schools SIAMS inspections will continue to be suspended. Notification of inspection will recommence the week beginning Monday 21st February 2022. The national team are obviously aware that for some schools this is half-term and this will be factored into the scheduling. Further delay does mean it is likely that some schools on the current inspection list may not be inspected this calendar year. The National Director will update us further on this matter in in due course.
It is important that headteachers discuss their situation with the inspector at the first phone-call with them and keep inspectors informed. Please ensure that you download a copy of the SIAMS COVID-19 Policy from theCEEO website.

For more updated information on SIAMS:
Self-evaluation Summary and
Inspection Day Timetable
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SIAMS Inspections 2022-2023

The CE national SIAMS team confirmed this week that they will be publishing a list of schools who will be inspected in the academic year 2022-2023 by the end of this summer term. The new list will include those schools who were due to be inspected this year but have not yet had an inspection, as well as a new group of schools. Schools currently on the list for inspection were last inspected in 2015.  It is likely that additional schools will be those who were last inspected in 2016. The national team has also confirmed that while it is likely schools carried forward from this year’s list will be inspected first, they cannot guarantee this, so all schools on the published list 2022-2023 should prepare for an inspection at any point in the academic year.

SIAMS 2021-2022 Essential Information     
From September 2021 the Church of England SIAMS national team has taken over administration for church school inspections.All the key documents for SIAMS inspections have been updated by Church of England Education Office (CEEO) for 2021-2022. It is essential that school leaders are familiar with the changes and amendments to these documents, including the amended Evaluation Schedule.  All the updated Church of England SIAMS documents are available via the Church of England website.

All schools who are on the current inspection list should read the Diocese of Chichester (DOC) SIAMS Essential Information Factsheet (September 2021) and read the CEEO Information for Schools September 2021.

Notification of Inspection   
Schools will be given 5 working days’ notice (1 week) of an inspection and will be contacted by the CEEO SIAMS Officer who will inform them about the date of the inspection and the name of the inspector.The inspector will call the school later the same day to talk about the arrangements for the inspection.

Self-Evaluation Summary   
There is no statutory obligation to produce a self-evaluation document for SIAMS. However, both the CEEO and DOC education team recommend schools produce a summary of their self-evaluation to share with the inspector. The summary should be no longer than two sides of A4 and should provide the inspector with a headlines of the school’s vision and its impact. There is no CEEO format for this document. We recommend schools use the DOC template as the basis for their summary and refer to our accompanying guidance - these are listed in the key documents below.

All schools due for inspection in the current academic year should contact their School Effectiveness Officer to discuss their self-evaluation and their preparation for inspection. All schools due for inspection 2021-2022 should attend ‘Preparing for Your SIAMS Inspection’ training. For further information about this training course please visit the training page of our website.


The CEEO have published a SIAMS COVID-19 Policy which outlines all the important information regarding COVID-19 and inspection.

Adjustment and Deferral

If a school wishes to request an adjustment or deferral they should refer to the CEEO ‘SIAMS Inspection Deferral Policy’ before contacting the CEEO.  Any school seeking a deferral or adjustment should copy Rosemary Black into the email request made to the CEEO SIAMS Officer.

Complaints and Appeals

If a school wishes to wishes make an official appeal or complaint about the inspection they should refer to the CEEO SIAMS Appeals and Complaints Policy. Any school proposing to make an official appeal or complaint should inform Rosemary Black.

All CEEO and DOC SIAMS documents can be downloaded from the Key Documents box on this page. For additional information about church school effectiveness and related documents please visit the Christian Distinctiveness page of this website.

If you require further support about the inspection, please contact Vanessa Vollebregt, SIAMS Administrator.  If you require further support about church school effectiveness/SIAMS please contact: Rosemary Black, SIAMS Manager.