Our Church and SIAMS
Chirton is a ‘voluntary controlled’ primary school, one of more than two thousand throughout the country comprising just over half of all the church 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 through the Discovery RE syllabus and worship reflects the Anglican tradition through the Roots and Fruits Programme.
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?
St.John the Baptist Church, Chirton
The school is located close to the village church of St.John the Baptist. 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. Representatives from the ministry team visit the school each week to conduct worship and Open the Book Worship. The school also has one Foundation Governor on its Governing Body who are appointed by the Diocese of Salisbury.