Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Ofsted reports directly to Parliament and they 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.
They inspect Schools to provide information to parents, to promote improvement and to hold Schools to account for the public money they receive. Inspections are required by law. They provide an independent assessment of the quality and standards of education in Schools, and check whether pupils are achieving as much as they can.
Most schools receive notice of their inspection on the afternoon of the working day before the inspection begins. However, Ofsted can inspect any school without notice where this is judged to be appropriate. The inspection usually lasts for two days and the number of inspectors on the inspection team will vary according to the size and nature of the school.
Inspectors will look at our self-evaluation and analyse the pupils’ progress and attainment. They will talk to the Principal, governors (Academy Council), staff, and pupils, and consider the views of parents. They will spend most of their time observing a wide range of lessons and looking at the quality of teaching in the Academy, and its impact on learning and progress. They will also look at the behaviour and safety of pupils at the Academy, the promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; and how well the Academy is led and managed.
If you are the registered parent of a child at the Academy, we will send you a letter notifying you of the dates of any inspection. This letter will provide you with details on how to share your views on the Ofsted survey site, Parent View.
Ofsted will give the Academy an overall grade from 1 to 4:
The lead inspector will report their judgements to the Principal and governors. The inspectors’ findings will then published in a report for the Academy, parents and the wider community. Inspection reports provide information about the effectiveness of the Academy’s work and contain recommendations about what the Academy should do to improve further.