Section 48 Inspection

All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.  The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule 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.


The purpose of a SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the impact of the school’s Christian Vision

Educating for life in all its fullness, committed to excellence and enjoyment through learning, within an enabling environment that nurtures the potential and talents of all; empowering our children with wisdom, knowledge and skills, grounded in the Christian belief that everyone is created in the image and love of God.

and how our school operates to live out and achieve this vision.


At Lisle Marsden, we value the importance of partnerships with the Church of England, the Lincoln Diocese and our local church community in offering our children a distinctively Christian experience built on our individual character, vision and ethos. Each church school is unique to its context and therefore evaluated on their individual offering rather than a set criteria.


The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?

This is explored through seven strands:

  • Vision and Leadership
  • Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
  • Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
  • Community and Living Well Together
  • Dignity and Respect
  • The impact of collective worship
  • The effectiveness of religious education 



One overall grade is awarded that best reflects the seven strands. Furthermore, separate grades will be awarded for collective worship and religious education (based on teaching and learning).

Please click on the link below to read our most recent inspection report

File icon: pdf Lisle Marsden Final Section 48 Report [pdf 99KB] Click to download