Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)


Staff at Whitwick St John the Baptist CE Primary School are delighted having received a glowing report from Church inspectors.

Whitwick St John the Baptist recently underwent a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS), which 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.

An inspector visited the school on Thursday 19th May 2022 and rated the school as being overall 'Good', 

In their key findings, the inspector reported, ‘Christian values are intrinsic to the lives of the whole school family and one way in which the vision is worked out, enabling pupils to 'grow and bloom.' As a result, staff and pupils have developed excellent relationships, based on a shared approach, which enables all to thrive.’

Within the report, it highlights the impact the school had during the pandemic. The report stated, ‘Parents speak of school staff ‘going the extra mile’ and valued the support received during the pandemic. Contact with families was creative, ensuring individualised provision for many. Projects arranged by the school were well-supported and extended into the wider community.’ In addition, the inspector commented, ‘The special needs co-ordinator was relentless during the pandemic in ensuring statutory duties were met. This has enabled all to thrive during difficult times. ‘

The inspector found the provision for R.E to be a strength. The report states, ‘The contribution made by the teaching of religious education is a strength of the school. The subject is well-planned by a very effective co-ordinator. Innovative and inspirational staff training has resulted in a solid understanding of many aspects of biblical knowledge and spirituality. Consequently, there is a ‘buzz’ during creative and engaging RE lessons.’

Within the report, the inspector highlighted the strong relationships that all members of the school community have: ‘There is an all-encompassing acceptance that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. The implementation of a well-thought through diversity charter enables all members of the school family to flourish.’ The report further adds, ‘Active acceptance and watching over one another in love at Whitwick St. John the Baptist equips everyone to flourish and live life in all its fullness. In the words of one member of staff, ‘I couldn’t ask for anything more!’

Following the publication of the report, Helen Noon, Headteacher, said, “We are delighted with the outcome of the report. It is a great reflection of the ethos of the school: recognising our pupils and staff who constantly go above and beyond.”