salisbury diocese         

Our school is one of 2,464 Voluntary Controlled schools, 53% of all Church of England schools.  Voluntary Controlled schools are 'managed' by the Local Authority whilst maintaining their distinctive characteristics which are:

  • No one group of governors is in a majority.  Church or Foundation Governors are in a minority;
  • The Local Authority employs the staff, but they are appointed by the governors;
  • The Local Authority is responsible for admission arrangements;
  • The Local Authority can advise the governing body; the Diocesan Board of Education may be given the same opportunity to advise;
  • RE taught is the Local Authority agreed syllabus and worship reflects the Anglican tradition.


Voluntary Controlled schools undergo a separate denominational inspection in addition to the Ofsted inspection arrangements.  This is known as a SIAMS Inspection (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools).  The purpose of this inspection is to ensure that the school is fulfilling the Trust Deed that established it in the first place.

There are key questions that the school will need to answer:

  • 1.  How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
  • 2.  What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
  • 3.  How effective is the religious character?
  • 4.  How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?

The results of our latest SIAS inspection can be seen in the 'About Us' section.

The school comes under the Diocese of Salisbury where you can find further information about the work of the Diocesan Board of Education.


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