Bishopstone Church Of England Primary School

SIAMS Report (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools)


Our most recent inspection was December 2017.  Please click here to read the full report.


Wednesday 13th December 2017

Dear Parents

We recently were inspected by SIAMS – Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools.

This is a one day inspection that occurs in a five year cycle.  Our previous report was in 2012.  Within the inspection they look at all areas of the school including data, progress, books, work plans, School action plans and most importantly the elements relating to our Church of England status.

From this we are delighted that recognition has been given to the school with regards to our Christian Distinctiveness.  Our Christian Values were noted throughout all curriculum areas and we had the opportunity to relate the enriching journey that the school has been on over the past five years.

As a school we pride ourselves on our nurturing environment and family ethos, both of these aspects were experienced and recognised in abundance by the inspector – Mrs Spitzer.

We thank all those that were involved on the day as the inspector met with parents, children, staff, Governors and Rev’d Bill, in order to establish a deeper understanding of what our school is all about.

We have been set new areas to improve upon, which you can read within the report.  These will filter into the SIP – School Improvement Plan.

Our grading remains at Good, although recognition was given that the criteria for this is far more stringent than in previous inspections.

Best Regards

Gill May

Chair of Governors


The Church of England is a major provider of statutory education, the largest provider of schools in England. There are nearly 4,500 Church of England primary and middle schools and more than 190 secondary schools, including more than 220 primary and secondary academies.


Why is the Church of England involved in education? (taken from CE website)

The Church of England, through the National Society established in 1811 by Joshua Watson, led the development of universal  education to enable people of any background to receive a proper education  based on a commitment to fulfil human potential, meet the needs of society and transmit knowledge and culture.

To fulfil human potential is to enable children and young people to be fully what they have it in them to become: to be what God intends; to be the people they were created to be. This involves developing spirituality, self-belief, humility, and independence.

To meet the needs of society is a multi-faceted challenge which includes producing an educated workforce.  Rooted in the church's teaching, meeting the needs of society will  also mean enabling children and young people to live as responsible citizens, committed to democracy and the rule of law,  committed to justice and peace, living lightly with the earth; it also involves developing empathy and purpose and serving others. For Christians this will also include playing a full role in establishing the Kingdom of God.

To transmit knowledge and culture is to enable the creating and exploring of personal identity and family/community relationships; it's a search for truth, the development of rationality and understanding the limits of rationality; test and challenge, subjects and content are all part of this but so is an understanding of faith and religion and working out a code or creed to believe in and live by.

For more information to frequently asked questions to do with the church please click here.

For further reports by SIAS on Bishopstone please click here.

Bishopstone is on the furthest edge of the Bristol Diocese.

To learn more about our values from our highly successful iSing POP concert please click here