Ofsted and SIAMs

Ofsted December 2019

Please see below the Inspection Report from our recent Ofsted visit in the last week of Term 2 2019. 

We felt that the inspection team were fair. Ofsted agreed with our judgement of the strengths and areas for development that have been identified in the School Development Plan. The inspection was conducted under a new, more challenging framework which was introduced in September. The focus has moved from the core areas of Maths and English to the whole curriculum, ensuring that what is offered to children is broad and balanced.

As you will see from the report our Overall Effectiveness has been graded as Requires Improvement. Progress has been made, but there is still much to do. Ofsted has confidence in leaders to move the school forward.

We are really pleased that the report recognises the effort that the whole school community makes in ensuring that the children have a positive learning experience. Ofsted stated the following;

 ‘They feel safe in school.’

‘Pupils’ attitudes to learning are good.’

‘…the school is a happy place.


Dilton Marsh CE Primary School is proud to announce that it has received a grade of “OUTSTANDING” for its recent SIAMS inspection across ALL areas.  This is a huge testament to the hard work of all the children, staff, parents and Academy Council members of the school.


All Church of England Dioceses and the Methodist Church use the National Society’s framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The framework sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 and provides a process for evaluating the extent to which church schools are “distinctively and recognisably Christian institutions”.

Inspection focus

As part of the inspection we were judged on the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Dilton Marsh as a Church School, how the school through its distinctive Christian character meets the needs of all learners, the impact of collective worship on the school community and the effectiveness of leadership and management of the school.  During the day the inspector spent time talking to the children, staff, parents and governors as well as observing a Collective Worship and conducting a walkthrough and observations around the school in order to arrive at a judgement.

You can read the full report by clicking the link below.