Outstanding SIAMS Report – Letter to Parents & Carers

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Dear Parents & Carers

It’s Official! Kirtlington CE School is SIAMS Outstanding!

As Kirtlington is a church school, we have a responsibility to maintain a Christian distinctiveness. We aspire to be a welcoming, inclusive family with a strong Christian ethos, a sense of community and a commitment to excellence for all children in our care.

You will be familiar with Ofsted and it rigorous inspections, but as a church school, we are also subject to a second inspecting regime called SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools).

The principal objective of SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church school, and how well the distinctive Christian character and ethos of the school ensure the development and achievement of the whole child or young person. This is evaluated through four core questions:

  • Distinctive Christian Character 

How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?

  • Collective Worship 

What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?

  • Religious Education (On inspection)

How effective is the Religious Education?

  • Leadership & Management

How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a Church school?

As you know, the school has recently had a SIAMS inspection and we are extremely pleased and proud to be able to report to you that the school has been assessed as being an

“Outstanding” school overall in the four key categories of assessment above.

This really is a truly fantastic achievement and reflects the time and support given by everyone connected with the school and who have shown a huge commitment in helping to make Kirtlington the best school it can be.

The strength of our school is the here and now. Our whole school community of children, parents, staff and governors have contributed to articulating our vision for the education we aim to provide.

This is nothing less than the community deserves and we would like to thank you all for your contributions.


Kindest Regards


Louise Williams                        Sara Carey

Head Teacher                          Chair of Governors


To read the full SIAMS report please click here