Berry Pomeroy Church of England Primary School serves the two parishes of Berry Pomeroy and Littlehempston and surrounding areas including Totnes and Paignton.

The distinctive Christian character of the school is reflected in its happy, inclusive Christian ethos and the introduction of a set of core Christian values which has transformed the school since the last inspection. This has an impact on the academic, personal and spiritual development of the children.

Berry Pomeroy Church of England Parochial School is a warm and welcoming Christian community where all feel highly valued and special and enjoy daily life because school is an inclusive and stimulating place.

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

SIAMS inspection focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it.

The principal objective of SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school.

Towards this objective, inspectors seek answers to four key questions.

  • How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
  • What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
  • How effective is the Religious Education? (in VA schools and academies)
  • How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?

The National Society’s Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) framework is used in all Section 48 inspections of Church of England schools and in the denominational inspection of academies.

Our recognised strengths from our report


     Christian values are embedded in the life of the school and underpin children’s positive attitudes to learning, very good manners and high standards of behaviour.

     The continual dedication and commitment of the headteacher during the significant changes over last two years to endorse the Christian ethos and ensure the best for all children in her care.

     The proactive governing body, effectively led by the very capable, knowledgeable chair of governors and extremely supportive long-standing foundation governor, are committed to moving the school forward as a church school.

     Very good relationships and a strong commitment throughout the school community generate a shared team vision in promoting the distinctive Christian character of the school.

To  read the full report please click on the link below.

SIAMS Report 2017