St Francis CofE Primary School


As a Church of England school we are inspected by two different bodies, Ofsted and SIAS, each placing a different focus on what we have to offer our children.

You can find our school reports on the appropriate tabs attached to this page. 


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect all schools in England. The aim of their inspections are to provide information to parents , to promote improvement and to hold schools to account for the public money they receive. Notice of an inspection is normally given the afternoon before the inspection and usually takes two days to complete.

From the Ofsted Guide for Parents:
“Inspectors look at the school’s self-evaluation and analyse the pupils’ progress and attainment. They talk to the headteacher, governors, staff, and pupils, and consider your views as a parent. They spend most of their time observing a wide range of lessons and looking at the quality of teaching in the school, and its impact on learning and progress. They also look at the behaviour and safety of pupils at the school, the promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; and how well the school is led and managed.     
We give schools an overall grade from 1 to 4:  grade 1 (outstanding)
grade 2 (good) grade 3 (requires improvement) grade 4 (inadequate). 

The lead inspector reports her or his judgement to the headteacher and governors. The inspectors’ findings are published in a report for the school, parents and the wider community. Inspection reports provide information about the effectiveness of the school’s work and contain recommendations about what the school should do to improve further.”

The full Ofsted School Inspection Guide for Parents can be found on their website, by clicking HERE

Parent View - Give Ofsted your view on your child's school


SIAMS is the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. The principal objective of a SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school.  

The process is equally as rigorous as the Ofsted inspection, but focuses on the teaching of RE, the ethos of the school, Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE), Collective Worship and Pastoral Care. As with Ofsted, the inspectors judgements are rated on a scale of 1 to 4. 

For further information on SIAMS, visit: