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Ofsted & SIAMS Inspections



The school's most recent Ofsted inspection took place in November 2023. A copy of the report can be downloaded below. 

Our Ofsted inspection reports are also published on the Ofsted website:



The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) is the Church of England and Methodist Church’s outworking of the requirements of section 48 of the Education Act 2005. It is a key element of the life of all Church of England and Methodist schools in England. 

Approximately every five years, schools are subject to an inspection which explores the 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 overarching inspection question is examined through seven strands:
1.    Vision and Leadership
2.    Wisdom, Knowledge, and Skills
3.    Character Development: Hope, Aspiration, and Courageous Advocacy
4.    Community and Living Well Together
5.    Dignity and Respect
6.    Impact of Collective Worship
7.    Effectiveness of Religious Education.


The purpose of SIAMS Inspection is the improvement of Church school education through a focus on the centrality of Christian vision, shining a spotlight on the fundamental right of all pupils and adults to flourish. SIAMS inspectors ask questions about and seek evidence that demonstrates the impact that the school’s vision has directly on the lives, learning, and development of all within the school community.


Our most recent SIAMS Inspection took place in November 2018. We were delighted to be awarded the highest possible grade (excellent) in all areas. The full report can be downloaded below.

Following updates to the national SIAMS inspection framework (due to to effect from September 2023), Parbold Douglas was selected by the Church of England Education Office and the Diocese of Blackburn to participate in a pilot inspection. The school was selected due to its strong reputation regionally for delivering an excellent Christian education, and due to its inspiring Christian vision. This pilot inspection took place in July 2023. Whilst there is no formal published report, the school was delighted with the exceptionally positive feedback. Some of this feedback is shared below.


All within this nurturing community appreciate that to transform lives everyone must be treated justly, respectfully and with compassion. This leads to a harmonious community where relationships are strong, behaviour is excellent, and everyone is welcome and included. There is a full appreciation that when mistakes occur, forgiveness and reconciliation follow.”


Leadership at all levels and including governors and pupils, makes a significant, positive difference to the school, church and wider communities. Leaders support and encourage the growth of all professionally, academically and spiritually.”


Adults appreciate that for pupils to acquire the vision, passion and skills to transform society, they must access the right learning. This leads to a constantly monitored, evaluated, creative and engaging curriculum underpinned by the Christian vision.”


Collective worship is inclusive and invites all members of the academy to join in moments of stillness, joy and reflection. It makes a lasting impact upon those present and is actively taken beyond the academy to the local church and wider community. Daily collective worship is cherished. Meticulous planning brings rich opportunities for all to grow spiritually.”


Pupils of all ages participate fully in worship. They sing joyfully, offer opinions enthusiastically and listen carefully. When invited to do so, they confidently offer spontaneous prayers during worship.”


Strong partnerships with the parish church and local Christian leaders, allows pupils to experience a breadth of Anglican worship. This relationship is life-giving to all.”


The embedding culture of encouraging pupils to be leaders of change makes a significant difference to the academy. It equips pupils with the skills and determination to transform their community.”


RE is at the heart of learning. Thoughtful and skilful planning guarantees that RE enthuses pupils and brings Christianity, a range of world religions and worldviews to life. Learning enriches pupils’ understanding of the diversity of faiths locally and nationally.”