OFSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. OFSTED inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
OFSTED inspect schools regularly and a school will usually have one main inspection every few years. The report from such an inspection will tell the reader all about the school, so, for example, it could help a parent or carer decide if they want to send their child to the school.
An OFSTED report features the inspectors findings and overall judgement grades for how good a school is at particular aspects.
– Grade 1: Outstanding
An outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs. This ensures that pupils are very well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or employment.
– Grade 2: Good
A good school is effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all its pupils needs. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment.
– Grade 3: Requires Improvement
A school that requires improvement is not yet a good school, but it is not inadequate. The school will receive a full inspection within 24 months from the last inspection date.
– Grade 4: Inadequate
A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and requires significant improvement but leadership and management are judged to be Grade 3 or better. The school will receive regular monitoring by OFSTED inspectors.
A school that requires special measures is one where the school is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the school’s leaders, managers or governors have not demonstrated that they have the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school. The school will receive regular monitoring by OFSTED inspectors.