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Our Church and SIAMS

All Cannings is a ‘voluntary controlled’ primary school, one of approximately 2000 throughout the country and making up just over half of the Church of England primary schools..

Voluntary Controlled schools are 'managed' by the Local Authority whilst maintaining the following distinctive characteristics:

  • 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).  These take place approximately every five years and explore 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 school's latest inspection took place on 15th December, 2017 and it was judged to be 'Good' in all areas.  Below is a link to the final report.

SIAMS Inspection Report

The Church of All Saints, All Cannings

All Saints ChurchThe school is located close to the village church of All Saints which dates back to the 13th Century.  The village is part of the Cannings and Redhorn Team which serves the parishes of the Vale of Pewsey.

As well as a daily act of worship, the school celebrates its Easter, Harvest and Christmas services at the church and holds a Friday worship each month in the church.  Representatives from the ministry team visit the school each week to conduct worship.  The school also has one Foundation Governor on its Governing Body who isappointed by the Diocese of Salisbury.