What is Ofsted?

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Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Every week Ofsted carries out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England using their latest framework. The set of documents they use are updated regularly and as a school we continue to strive to ensure that we are meeting all expectations.

Ofsted has made many changes to the way that they carry out school inspections and their newest framework was introduced in September 2015. All schools are expected to provide a standard of education for their pupils which is ‘Good’ or better which is why the grading of ‘Satisfactory’ was replaced with ‘Requires Improvement’. The requirements in place to enable the achievement of the top grade of ‘Outstanding’ are exacting but as an ambitious school we are striving to meet that challenge. They key areas which they are grading are:

  • Effectiveness of Leadership and Management;
  • The Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment;
  • Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare
  • Outcomes for Pupils

Together they enable a judgement to be made on the Overall Effectiveness of the school.

As a new school we have been advised that we will receive our first Ofsted Inspection some time after the start of the new term in September 2016. When we receive notification we will inform our parents that day. The Ofsted team would arrive the following day for a two-day inspection.

Links: The Ofsted website can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted

Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school. Your views are then used when making decisions about which schools to inspect, and when, and to help your child’s school to improve. Information can be found here