What Are Ofsted Inspections?
Ofsted stands for the Office for Standards in Education. It is a non-ministerial government department responsible for the inspection of all schools and other educational organisations in England.
The frequency of inspection is determined by how good a school is. ‘Good’ schools are inspected within five years of their last inspection, and ‘Outstanding’ schools (except special schools, pupil referral units and maintained nursery schools) are exempt from inspection.
However, since September 2015, ‘Good’ schools have had shorter, more frequent inspections every three years. Schools that have an ‘Inadequate’ or ‘Requires Improvement’ judgement are inspected more often, with inspectors monitoring their progress on a regular basis.
Normally, schools get half a day’s notice of a full inspection, but Ofsted has the power to go into schools without any notice if it considers it necessary. This could be if they have received concerns about a school, possibly from a parent.
Usually, inspections last for two days, although the new inspection framework means that ‘Good’ schools will have one-day inspections. The number of inspectors varies depending on the size and type of a school, but the team will include Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) and/or contracted Ofsted inspectors – normally practising headteachers and deputy heads.
Before the inspection, the inspectors gather information about the school by reading the previous Ofsted report, reports of any interim monitoring, any complaints that have been raised about the school, academic data, information about funding, and information from the school’s website. They also send a letter to parents inviting them to share their opinions about the school on Ofsted’s Parent View website.
During the inspection, inspectors will observe lessons, check records and gather a range of evidence to inform their judgements, including speaking to staff, governors, pupils and parents and scrutinising pupils’ work. Through these activities inspectors are able to build a clear picture of what life is like at the school and how well pupils are learning. The main focus is on teaching and learning; inspectors will sit in on lessons, look through children’s books and talk to them about not just their understanding, but also how engaged they are in their learning.
Schools receive a judgement for each of the four inspection areas, and an overall judgement. There are four categories: Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement (previously Satisfactory) and Inadequate.
The school was last inspected on 17th January 2018 and was awarded an overall rating of ‘Good!’
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Below are some of the comments from the inspection report:
- The School has become increasingly popular with parents and the number of pupils has risen significantly.
- One parent said, expressing the opinions of others, 'The Headteacher has done an amazing job making this school what it is - a Little School with a Big Heart.'
- Pupils enjoy their learning and value the exceptionally wide range of exciting events and visits which widen the curriculum for them.
- The Associate Headteacher and staff ensure that pupils benefit from the close relationships within a small school but are not in any way limited in opportunities to learn.
- All staff put the welfare of pupils at the heart of their work, and as a result, are vigilant in securing pupils' well-being.
- Pupils feel safe in school and highlight the care they receive from all staff as being the reason they enjoy school and do well.