SIAMS stands for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the National Society's framework as a process for evaluating the extent to which church schools are "distinctively and recognisably Christian institutions".
A SIAMS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the academy has on the students who attend it. The focus of the inspection is around four key questions:
- How well does the academy, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
- What is the impact of collective worship on the academy community?
- How effective is the Religious Education?
- How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?