First Liverpool school to achieve highest SIAMS grade





St Margaret’s Church of England Primary School in Anfield was given an ‘Excellent’ SIAMS grade in November 2021, as the first school in the Diocese of Liverpool since the pandemic to be inspected under the new framework. SIAMS stands for ‘The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools’. Church of England and Methodist schools have their religious education and collective worship evaluated in the SIAMS inspection. SIAMS now has a new framework on its inspections. The purpose of these inspections is to help a school evaluate its Christian vision on both pupils and adults. Inspectors will explore solely how effective a school’s Christian division is in enabling pupils and adults to flourish. SIAMS inspections were put on hold due to the pandemic. They have recently resumed with the new framework, and St Margaret’s Anfield not only achieved the new highest SIAMS grade ‘Excellent’ in November 2021, but were also the first school in the Liverpool Diocese to be inspected. Headteacher of St Margaret’s Anfield, Mark Griffiths, is eager to keep their excellent grade in years to come. Mr Griffiths, said: “Our parents and children share our Christian vision, and this has enabled the school to flourish and achieve our excellent grade. “As we are committed and dedicated to our Christian vision of our school, we feel that with COVID hopefully coming to an end, schools can go back to some normality. We feel we can continue to build upon our SIAMS grade. “We ensure the children are at the forefront of everything we do and every day we encourage our children to believe in our mission statement ‘with God all things are possible’ and we have children in our school who are given the opportunities to achieve anything they put their minds to.”