A new Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Evaluation Schedule for Schools, which requires all Church of England schools to be inspected under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005, was implemented in Durham schools from January 2019.

SIAMs inspectors will grade schools on the following 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?’

Under the previous SIAMS system, there were four possible grades.  A school might have been awarded ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘satisfactory’ or very rarely ‘inadequate’. The SIAMS process has now been reviewed and these grades have been changed. The old ‘outstanding’ grade has now gone, and the criteria that would previously have attracted an ‘outstanding’ grade have been merged with those for a ‘good’ grade. A new grade of ‘excellent’ has been introduced with a higher threshold than the old ‘outstanding’ grade. It will be awarded only in exceptional circumstances.  There is no longer a ‘satisfactory’ grade but ‘requires improvement’ might be awarded instead. Very occasionally a school may be deemed ‘ineffective’ as a Church school.

We were inspected in January 2020. We are proud to say that we are a GOOD school with ‘pockets of excellence’.

We are delighted to say that the inspector stated that the school has made many improvements since the previous inspection, where we were graded outstanding – this is a very positive message.

‘St George’s is a place where there are ‘many hearts’ working as one. God’s love is evident on a day to day basis throughout the school. The distinctively Christian vision drives the work of leaders. The school is on its way to deliver its ambition for excellence, so that all can flourish and ‘fulfil their potential’.

Click on the link below to view our latest SIAMS report.

St George’s SIAMS Report


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