Ofsted & Siams Reports

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial and aim to be “a force for improvement through intelligent, responsible and focused inspection and regulation” (Ofsted 2017 to 2022 strategy).

Quotes from the Tring School Ofsted Inspection Report - 8/9 November 2017Ofsted logo

"Teachers and school leaders know pupils well"

"Pupils are highly motivated to learn"

"Sixth Form leaders and tutors provide exceptional guidance, care and support"

"Pupils make most progress in English and Maths because school leaders have focused on these areas"

SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. 

Img 1140Img 1136Church 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.

The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?

This is explored through seven strands:

  • Vision and Leadership
  • Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
  • Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
  • Community and Living Well Together
  • Dignity and Respect
  • The impact of collective worship
  • The effectiveness of religious education 

"Leaders and governors are actively reflecting on the biblical roots of the school's values".

"Leaders are passionately and proactively developing the school within, and for, the community".

"Hard-working and dedicated staff ensure that students are individually supported to make good, and often very good progress from their starting points".

"Parents believe that because staff respect the dignity and worth of every individual, their children do the same".

"Students' critical thinking skills and knowledge of theological concepts are developed very effectively".

"Crucially, PRS also builds students' understanding of the diverse richness of religions and culture in the wider world".

"Experiences beyond subject lessons are explicitly designed to help students discover their gifts and build character".


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