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Ofsted and SIAMS

Click on the Parent View link here to give Ofsted your views about the school.

SIAMS Inspection

SIAMS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles, which reflect their particular local context or church tradition in order to be distinctive and effective.

The principal objective of SIAMS 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?

Please click here to view the SIAMS FINAL REPORT 2016

The Christian foundation of St James’ Church School is evident as soon as you enter the school. The reception area ensures this by informative displays focusing on Christian values of the school including the school’s regular charitable giving. This focus is then reflected throughout school. In the main hall, where school meets together for worship, a large display reinforces the Christian values and many pupils have made contributions by writing reflective thoughts and prayers. The leadership of the school and its staff have a clear Christian vision which has been reflected in the rewritten school mission statement and statement of aims which were reviewed and re-affirmed in May 2016. The values of tolerance, care, concern and self-respect are highlighted as priorities to be developed within a happy, safe and secure environment.


The Academy at St. James is a newly opened school, opening in January 2017.

We expect to receive an Ofsted visit in 2019.