Diocesan SIAMS Report
The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) 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. Church schools 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
- Impact of Collective Worship
- Effectiveness of Religious Education.
One overall grade is awarded reflecting the contribution of these strands to the flourishing of pupils and adults in a Church school. In addition a standalone grade is awarded in all schools for collective worship and in voluntary aided (VA) schools and former VA schools for religious education (RE). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone.
The school was last inspected in May 2023 and was graded "Excellent" in all areas. The report states that:
The vision and values of Barton St Lawrence Church of England Primary School shape the whole culture and practice of this exceptionally caring school community ... Pupils thrive within a vibrant curriculum and extracurricular programme. They exercise curiosity, imagination and creativity in ways that contribute significantly to their academic and spiritual development ... This is an exemplary Church of England school and a beacon of excellence.
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