What is Ofsted?
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 that they use are updated regularly and as a school we continue to strive to ensure that we are meeting all expectations. The key areas which they are currently grading are: Quality 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.
Our school was last inspected under a full framework in 2008, where we were graded as Outstanding, and since then Ofsted has made many changes to the way that they carry out school inspections. All schools are expected to provide a standard of education for its pupils which is good or better which is why the grading of ‘Satisfactory’ has been replaced with ‘Requires Improvement’. The requirements in place to enable the achievement of the top grade of ‘Outstanding’ are certainly exacting but as an ambitious school we are determined to meet that challenge.
In March 2015 we had a one day Maths subject inspection. This was an incredibly rigorous and robust process and we were given the Outstanding grade across all categories. We were, of course, delighted with this outcome.
Should our school receive notification of an Ofsted inspection we would inform our parents that day. The Ofsted team would arrive the following day, initially for a one day ‘check up’ inspection. If they felt that we were no longer Outstanding then they would run a longer inspection to help inform their judgement.