https://educationinspection.blog.gov.uk/2016/02/08/inspection-timescales/

Inspection timescales

There’s been some speculation about the timing of inspections, particularly of the new short inspections, and I understand that some schools may be anxious about where they are.

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When we introduced short inspections of good schools in September 2015, we moved from a cycle in which these schools were fully inspected on average every three years and seven months, to one where we aim to visit them approximately every three years. This will help us to identify decline earlier or give good schools the opportunity to demonstrate improvement sooner.

Transitional year 

However, with this academic year being a transitional one, it means that we will not be in the ‘three-year cycle’ for all good schools straight away – we will be moving towards it. Therefore, the first short inspection for a good school is likely to fall more than three years after its last inspection. However, statute dictates that this cannot go beyond the end of the fifth academic year after the previous inspection.

Please remember though that it’s best not to try to predict the date of your inspection based on when the last one took place and sometimes, Ofsted will inspect very soon after your last inspection if we have concerns.

Schools requiring improvement

Schools judged as Requires Improvement will be re-inspected under section 5 of the Act (‘full inspection’) and this could be up to 30 months after the publication of the previous report.

Recently appointed headteachers of schools judged to require improvement and those who may have questions/concerns about the scheduling of their next inspection may write to the relevant Ofsted Regional Director to set out the context of their school’s present position. Any decision on the timing of the inspection will be for the Regional Director.

Focus on the children

That said, we do not expect schools to start planning and preparing for inspection. Our inspectors want to see leaders and teachers doing what they do well on a daily basis. Some of my colleagues have been reiterating this in a series of #OfstedMyths videos – rather than preparing for the process of an Ofsted inspection, just focus on what’s best for the pupils.

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  1. Comment by M Tomlinson posted on

    You may suggest that schools do not behave differently, but school leaderships team punish teachers who do not follow the strange and unnecessary suggestions put forward. In the attempt to get consistent marking across the school, we have to mark in the same manner, so a science teacher marks a piece of work in the same way as an English teacher, although they are looking for different thing. Another issue is the insistence on an even better if statement, which excellent and hardworking students find dispiriting if an amazing piece of work has an extra chore added, even one that I would consider a step too far, because Ofsted demand that the marking must be consistent. Do your inspectors realise that a comment like that will drive the SLT in a school into a frenzy.

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      Comment by Ofsted comms team posted on

      M Tomlinson: Ofsted does not expect a certain type and a certain amount of marking. It is for schools to make a decision about their marking based on what works best for their pupils and to put this into their policy. Inspectors will look to see that teachers are marking as set out in the policy, and they'll be looking to see that it's effective.

      Thanks for letting us know - we will continue to clarify areas like this where there are misconceptions.

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        Comment by James Rouse posted on

        I think there can be situations where senior leadership teams use Ofsted as a lever to drive change when, in fact, they should have the confidence to make decisions and communicate these based on what is best for the child. In my school, we have a very short (2-sided) policy which states the principles of effective feedback and marking, but not the actual practice. This is translated into "Policy to Practice" documents by subject teams who decide for themselves what effective feedback looks like in their subject. The head of department and the senior leadership team's role is simply to monitor whether subject teams are doing what THEY say they want to do. It seems counter-intuitive that drama would give feedback in the same way as English, PE or History. The impact has been that feedback has become much more effective and manageable.

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  2. Comment by Susan Hetheridge posted on

    I was wondering if there is a more parent friendly version of the Ofsted report database ( https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/ )? I find it very difficult to know exactly what criteria to use to find a particular establishment.

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  3. Comment by Jacqui Edgar posted on

    As Sandcross Primary schools's last report was done over 4 years ago, can you tell me please if another is mminent? Thank you (We are looking for a school for our child/grandchild very shortly...

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      Comment by andrzejkuras posted on

      The regulations set the interval for section 5 inspections ‘within five school years from the end of the school year in which the last inspection took place.’ I cannot tell you when the inspection will be, I'm afraid.

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  4. Comment by Yasmeen Lulat posted on

    Is there an absolute maximum time within which a primary will be re inspected? Leanne

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      Comment by andrzejkuras posted on

      The regulations set the interval for section 5 inspections ‘within five school years from the end of the school year in which the last inspection took place.’

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        Comment by Steve posted on

        I have a family member at an academy sponsored school, our sponsor was rated 'outstanding' in 2009 but haven't been inspected since, how can you be confident that they are still 'outstanding' without carrying out an inspection within the 5 years timescale you mentioned above?

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          Comment by michelenevard posted on

          Hi, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Ofsted is required to inspect all schools to which section 5 of the Education Act applies ‘within five school years’ of the last inspection.

          However, some schools are exempt from this requirement if they were judged to be outstanding in their overall effectiveness at their most recent section 5 inspection.

          Exempt schools are subject to risk assessment. If the risk assessment process raises concerns about the performance of an exempt school, it may be inspected at any time after the completion of the risk assessment under section 8.

          For further information please see paragraphs 13 – 19 of the School inspection handbook.

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  5. Comment by David Hill posted on

    Would a school receiving very low sats results warrant an ofsted inspection to investigate why they are under achieving

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi Dave, thanks for your query. I'll ask someone in the policy team and see if I can get you an answer.

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi Dave,

      We wouldn't necessarily go in if results dipped in a single year. This can happen, e.g. in schools with small cohorts.

      We look at trends in performance over time. If however results dropped significantly and we became aware of other issues or concerns, that might influence the timing of the next inspection.

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  6. Comment by Rebecca Pickering posted on

    Hi there,
    Re. Tendring Primary
    Our school was classed as 'outstanding' in 2008
    Since then our head has left and our children are no longer getting a good standard of education as the school is not being well led in my opinion. After looking around this website I understand we should have at least had a five yearly inspection? It's been over eight years, surely no school should be ignored for this amount of time?

    Regards,
    Rebecca

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi Rebeccca, Ofsted is required to inspect all schools to which section 5 of the Education Act applies ‘within five school years’ of the last inspection.

      However, some schools are exempt from this requirement if they were judged to be outstanding in their overall effectiveness at their most recent section 5 inspection.

      Exempt schools are subject to risk assessment. If the risk assessment process raises concerns about the performance of an exempt school, it may be inspected at any time after the completion of the risk assessment under section 8.

      For further information please see paragraphs 13 – 19 of the School inspection handbook.

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  7. Comment by Prefer not to leave name as I work in this school. posted on

    If a school hasn't been inspected for 10 years and a new head appointed Sept 15 when will the next inspection be?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

      In response to your question if a schools has not been inspected in ten years, it is because it was outstanding at its last inspection and is therefore exempt from routine inspection. If Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) or the Secretary of State has concerns about the performance of an exempt school (or any other school covered by section 5), HMCI has powers to inspect it at any time under section 8 of the Act.

      Outstanding schools do not qualify for improvement periods for new headteachers. This is only for schools judged to ‘require improvement’, where a new headteacher joins the school after the section 5 judgement. In this case the school will be re-inspected no later than 30 months after the publication of the previous report.

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      Comment by Janet posted on

      This is the same situation my sister faces working in a school, during the last "outstanding" Ofsted inspection teachers went and ripped up, yes, ripped up questionaires filled in by parents, that had complaints/grievances or any where the parents rated the school as poor so that it doesn't affect their Ofsted score.
      The school is nowhere near outstanding.
      BARE TREES PRIMARY CHADDERTON OLDHAM.

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        Comment by michelenevard posted on

        Hi, Thank you for your recent communication about Bare Trees Primary Chadderton Oldham.

        You have expressed concerns that parental feedback was witheld by teachers at the school on a previous inspection. The last inspection was over 5 years ago.

        In the first instance you need to try to resolve this issue with the head teacher and governors.

        If you feel the school is not outstanding, then you would need to address this with the governors also.

        If you remain unsatisfied, details of how to complain to Ofsted are on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/complain-about-school

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  8. Comment by Claire Cox posted on

    What happens to schools that were outstanding at their last Ofsted? I teach at a school that gained outstanding 6 years ago however the head has changed so much that I think the school would now fail an Ofsted . Parents consider the school outstanding when it most certainly is not. When will Ofsted visit please?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, apologies for the delay in responding. Some categories of schools judged outstanding at their most recent inspection are exempt from routine inspection (section 5), although they can be inspected under section 8 if Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector or the Secretary of State for Education has concerns about performance. They may also be inspected as part of Ofsted’s survey work.

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  9. Comment by Ashish Sharma posted on

    Dear comms team,
    I understand that inspections are due in 5 years by law.
    Is there someone I can send a reminder to that my neighbourhood primary school (URN: 101296) last had its inspection in 2008? Or would you know why it does not need inspections?
    Thanks

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, sorry about the delay in responding. Regulations stipulate that Ofsted is required to inspect all schools to which section 5 of the Education Act applies ‘within five school years’ of the last inspection.

      However, since 2012, some schools are exempt from this requirement if they were judged to be outstanding in their overall effectiveness at their most recent section 5 inspection.

      Exempt schools are subject to risk assessment. If the risk assessment process raises concerns about the performance of an exempt school, it may be inspected at any time after the completion of the risk assessment under section 8.

      For further information please see paragraphs 13 – 19 of the School inspection handbook.

      Schools can request inspections and any interested party can write to Ofsted with their views on a school.

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  10. Comment by sam mc posted on

    if a school got 'needs improvement' at their last inspection. how long would it be till a new inspection is done? tia

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi - sorry about the delay in responding. In answer to your query - a school judged as ‘requires improvement’ may be monitored by Ofsted and will normally have a full (section 5) re-inspection after around 2 years.

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  11. Comment by LisaB posted on

    My daughters school Oakworth Primary last had a full ofsted inspection in January 2007 so over 10 years ago! Although I understand you can't tell me if an inspection is imminent, I would appreciate your comments on the large gap in inspections and whether this is normal? I see from comments above that regulations state a school should receive an inspection every 5 years max and we are well past this now. Can a school be missed?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi - sorry about the delay in responding. In answer to your query - Ofsted is required to inspect all schools to which section 5 of the Education Act applies ‘within five school years’ of the last inspection.

      However, some schools are exempt from this requirement if they were judged to be outstanding in their overall effectiveness at their most recent section 5 inspection.

      Exempt schools are subject to risk assessment. If the risk assessment process raises concerns about the performance of an exempt school, it may be inspected at any time after the completion of the risk assessment under section 8.

      For further information please see paragraphs 13 – 19 of the School inspection handbook.

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  12. Comment by Elf posted on

    I am wanting to know what the maximum time between official Ofsted inspections are. My primary school had a School inspection in 2003, it then had a Reduced tariff school inspection in 2008, and finally a Interim Assessment statement in 2011. This leads me to conclude that my child's primary school has not received an actual visit since Jan 2008. A total of 9 years without anyone from Ofsted visiting the site. Again I ask what is the current official maximum time limit between actual site visits/full inspections. Is this school well overdue for a full inspection regardless of performance stats.

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi - apologies for the late response. In answer to your query - Ofsted is required to inspect all schools to which section 5 of the Education Act applies ‘within five school years’ of the last inspection.

      However, some schools are exempt from this requirement if they were judged to be outstanding in their overall effectiveness at their most recent section 5 inspection.

      Exempt schools are subject to risk assessment. If the risk assessment process raises concerns about the performance of an exempt school, it may be inspected at any time after the completion of the risk assessment under section 8.

      For further information please see paragraphs 13 – 19 of the School inspection handbook.

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  13. Comment by Mrs UninSpected posted on

    My school hasn't had an ofsted visit since 2006...

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi - sorry about the delay in responding. In answer to your query - Ofsted is required to inspect all schools to which section 5 of the Education Act applies ‘within five school years’ of the last inspection.

      However, some schools are exempt from this requirement if they were judged to be outstanding in their overall effectiveness at their most recent section 5 inspection.

      Exempt schools are subject to risk assessment. If the risk assessment process raises concerns about the performance of an exempt school, it may be inspected at any time after the completion of the risk assessment under section 8.

      For further information please see paragraphs 13 – 19 of the School inspection handbook.

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  14. Comment by Penny Johnson posted on

    Should a school undergo an Ofsted inspection within the first twelve months of a new head teacher being in post?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, apologies for the delay in responding. In answer to your query - it is possible for inspections to take place a year following the appointment of a new headteacher. The inspection is considers all aspects of the school, including leadership and management across the school and the governance of the school. A new headteacher would not in itself be a trigger for an inspection, nor would it delay an inspection taking place.

      However, some schools qualify for an improvement period. These only apply where headteachers who took up headship after the school was judged ‘require improvement’. These schools will be re-inspected in no later than 30 months. This is set out in the Department for Education’s white paper, Educational excellence everywhere.

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  15. Comment by Concerned Teacher posted on

    It has been suggested at my school that despite being inspected Feb 2016 and judged as good (one day visit) because a new ht was appointed Jan 2017 we will be inspected in 12 months time. Reading your website the indication is that in all likelihood it would be three years? Are we being misinformed?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, many apologies for the late response. In answer to your query - the information on Ofsted’s website is correct, once a school has received its first short inspection, further short inspections will be conducted at approximately three-year intervals.

      However, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector retains the right to inspect any school at any time if it has sufficient concerns, or if the secretary of state request for us to do so.

      For further information about short inspections of good schools please see the School inspection handbook.

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        Comment by anon posted on

        Please can you request HM inspector (s) to inspect my childrens school as for the past 2 years all they seem to come home with are poorly photocopied "masks" with eyes cut out, cellotaped onto a lolly stick, for every topic they cover, this is the only activity that they do. (I have kept all these. The school is poorly managed, and we as parents cannot say anything without being either patronised or intimidated by the headteacher.
        Last inspection was in 2014 and rated "good".
        Due another inspection.
        HELP PLEASE!!

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          Comment by michelenevard posted on

          Hi, Thank you for your recent communication about Burnley Brow Community Primary School. I am sorry you have concerns about the quality of the school work and the management of the school.

          If you have concerns about your school, I would recommend you follow the local complaints route. If you remain unsatisfied, details of how to complain to Ofsted are on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/complain-about-school

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  16. Comment by Daniele posted on

    Hi. I was wondering what the inspection timeframes are for a creche on non domestic property? They scored 'good' in 2005 and now there are no more reports to be read about the creche my daughter is at and its 2017?? This seems too long seeing as they have children 0-3. I feel children as vulnerable as that need to have annual inspections of their providers.

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, sorry for the late reply. to answer your query - providers registered on the Early Years Register are inspected at least once in every cycle. There have been two inspection cycles since this provider’s 2005 inspection. However, if the provider is only registered on the Childcare Register they will not be inspected unless they are selected as part of a 10% sample that we inspect every year.

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  17. Comment by Sbu posted on

    Hi. My daughter's primary school had its last Ofsted inspection in November 2011. When is the next inspection due, as it now has been close to 5 and a half years since the last one?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hello, We can't say when the next inspection is due because it depends on a number of factors, i.e previous grade, whether the school has converted to academy status or been rebrokered.

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  18. Comment by Sarah Allison posted on

    Are there any plans for a Religious Education report following on from 'Religious education: Realising the Potential' (2013)?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, sorry for the delay in responding. At present Ofsted doesn't have any plans to produce a Religious Education report in the near future.

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  19. Comment by Robin Haselgrove posted on

    Outstanding schools? Do they ever get Inspected? My local school was last inspected 7 years ago! ?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi Robin, Some categories of schools judged outstanding at their most recent inspection are exempt from routine inspection (section 5), although they can be inspected under section 8 if Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector or the Secretary of State for Education has concerns about performance. They may also be inspected as part of Ofsted’s survey work.

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  20. Comment by JSpalding posted on

    Hi. I am just wondering why my children's school in St Nicholas at wade has not been ofsteded for nearly 10 years, even after a new head has gone in. I would be very surprised if it was still outstanding!

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, Some categories of schools judged outstanding at their most recent inspection are exempt from routine inspection (section 5), although they can be inspected under section 8 if Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector or the Secretary of State for Education has concerns about performance. They may also be inspected as part of Ofsted’s survey work.

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  21. Comment by Anon posted on

    My school went into special measures in Nov 2014; the report was published Jan 2015. It then became an Academy in August 2015 and therefore is in effect a different school with no Ofsted rating. How much longer before we will be inspected? It is a very different and much improved school from the one that was inspected back in 2014.

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, As this school has become an academy, it will be classified as a new sponsored academy and therefore inspected as a new school in its third year of operation; that will be sometime within the 2017/18 academic year.

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  22. Comment by Cate O posted on

    Countesthorpe Leysland Community College has converted to an academy, however the ofstead report gives it an outstanding rating. This was done in 2013 and Leysland High School was outstanding. However Countesthorpe Community College has always had problems. Recently I have heard that a lot of teachers have been unhappy and left. We need to decide on a high school by the end of October of this year for our daughter. How can we know what is happening at this academy? Will there be a new ofstead inspection?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, Ofsted is required to inspect all schools to which section 5 of the Education Act applies ‘within five school years’ of the last inspection. However, some schools are exempt from this requirement if they were judged to be outstanding in their overall effectiveness at their most recent section 5 inspection. We can't say when the next inspection is due because it depends on a number of factors.

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  23. Comment by frankrom posted on

    Many comments are from parents that their children' "outstanding" schools haven't been inspected for much longer than the standard 5 years for "good" schools or lower. It's understood that these schools are exempt from section 5 of the Education Act - but the question is, how long are they exempt for? Is there an upper limit? Or does Ofsted cease to inspect a school once it's been classified as "Outstanding" and the Chief Inspector or Secretary of State for Education have no concerns about it? What is the rationale based on which an "Outstanding" school is assumed to remain "Outstanding" for an indefinite period of time? Isn't this penalising for the children attending that school, in case the school's performance drops considerably during the years with no inspections?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, By law, schools judged as outstanding at their last inspection are exempt from further routine section 5 inspection unless concerns are raised about their performance. However, outstanding (exempt) schools continue to be subject to risk assessment. Where the risk assessment identifies sufficient concerns about decline in the performance of pupils’ academic achievement and overall decline in performance, these outstanding schools will receive a section 8 no formal designation inspection.

      If during the course of the inspection, the lead inspector finds that the school may no longer be outstanding, then the lead inspector may convert the inspection to a section 5 inspection. In addition, the Chief Inspector must inspect a school where required to do so by the Secretary of State. They may also be inspected as part of Ofsted’s survey work.

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  24. Comment by Missmoss posted on

    I understand that guidance says an inspection of a primary school rated good at the last inspection, and having not changed to an academy, would be within 5 academic years. Does this mean, if a school was inspected Sept 2012, it's next inspection would need to be before the end of July 2017 or the end of July 2018?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, From 1 September 2015, all schools judged to be good at their previous section 5 inspection have received a one-day short inspection, carried out under section 8, approximately every three years. It is possible that some goods schools have yet to be inspected under the current policy. However, all good schools would have been inspected by the end of the five years from their last full section 5 inspection.

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        Comment by Missmoss posted on

        Thank you. Could you offer further clarification in regard to actual years/ academic years? If the last inspection graded good was September 2012 and there has been no change from maintained status and no one day inspection since, would the latest date for the follow up inspection be by the end of five actual years- ie September 2017 or the end of five academic years- ie July 2018?

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          Comment by michelenevard posted on

          Hi, The regulations set the interval for section 5 inspections ‘within five school years from the end of the school year in which the last inspection took place'. From 1 September 2015, all schools judged to be good at their previous section 5 inspection will receive a one-day short inspection, carried out under section 8. In this case, the school should receive a short inspection anytime in the 2017-18 academic year. Once a school has received its first short inspection, further short inspections will be conducted at approximately three-year intervals provided the quality of education remains good.

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  25. Comment by Dr Smith posted on

    My daughter is due to attend Beaconsfield High School in September, However parents of existing pupils are telling me that standards, particularly in mathematics have fallen, and that for two years running nearly all of the maths teachers, including two successive heads of Dept have left the school. On checking on your site I note that the last section 5 OFSTED inspection was over ten years ago, in May 2007. How can I be sure that you are checking standards are being upkept and the management of the school are up to the job, when a decade has passed since you last inspected?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, Ofsted is required to inspect all schools to which section 5 of the Education Act applies ‘within five school years’ of the last inspection. However, some schools are exempt from this requirement if they were judged to be outstanding in their overall effectiveness at their most recent section 5 inspection. We can't say when the next inspection is due because it depends on a number of factors.

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  26. Comment by titchvic123 posted on

    It seems from your responses that certain schools that received an outstanding status in a previous inspection are not required to undergo another. Personally I feel this is flawed as a lot can change in 10 years. However, you say a school may have an inspection if there are concerns about it's performance - how do I go about raising these concerns? My concerns are around the attitude and bullying mentality of the headteacher. Many children have left the school in the last 6 months as a result of her approach. The class teachers however are great. Thanks.

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  27. Comment by Mrs B posted on

    Our school has received 'RI' twice, now. I am led to believe that this years SATS for KS2 were poor. What happens now? If we become an Academy does this wipe the slate clean (it should not)? Surely a change in leadership would be more appropriate? Would Ofsted advocate this?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, There may be further RI monitoring and then another section 5 inspection at the school usually within 24 months. If at the next section 5 inspection the school is still not good, the inspection team will examine carefully how well leaders and managers are working to improve the school or whether there is further stasis or decline in standards. If the school was judged inadequate and received a directive academy order by the Secretary of State for Education it then receives a new URN and will be treated as a new school. The new academy will then be inspected within three years and, usually, during its third year of operation. Ofsted does not advocate particular ways of running schools or changes in leadership. This is a matter for the governing body.

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  28. Comment by KS posted on

    I work at an independent school which has been judged as Inadequate by OFSTED in March of this year. This has meant that we cannot issue CAS visa numbers for international students outside of the EU which could result in closure of the school. Since this inspection we have received one monitoring and progress inspection and are close to being at RI or good. Can we request a full inspection as soon as we believe that we are in a position to meet requirements? Ideally we need to be re-inspected by Christmas.

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Thank you for your enquiry. I am checking this out and will get back to you once I have an answer.

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  29. Comment by S Bennett posted on

    My local school - Dundry COfE primarylast had a section 8 inspection in 2014 after receiving several previous reports stating that the school required Improvement. There have been several changes including SMT / teaching staff etc. When will the school be re inspected to reassure parents that standars have been raised?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, Timing of inspection is dependent on the outcome of the last inspection. Although this school might have had a section 8 inspection in 2014, there could be a number of reasons for the section 8 inspection. Our records shows that a Dundry CofE Primay School with the following address, 110 Dundry Lane, Bristol, Somerset, BS41 8JE, closed in May 2016 and reopened as a sponsored-led academy in June 2016.

      If this is the right school, then it is a new school and will be inspected in accordance with our policy statement for inspecting new schools. A new school will be inspected within three years of opening.

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  30. Comment by Simon posted on

    I'm concerned about my child's primary school which was judged as outstanding in 2008. It's now 2017 and although many parents try hard to get their children into this school because they see that the last inspection was outstanding, my experience of it in my son's first 2 years is not what I'd call outstanding. If a school is not inspected for 9 years, how can parents trust that the outstanding rating has any value? I can see from many of the other comments here that I'm not the only one concerned about this and there must be hundreds, possibly thousands of schools that haven't been inspected for more than 5 years. Something needs to change.

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi Simon, by law, schools judged as outstanding at their last inspection are exempt from further routine section 5 inspection unless concerns are raised about their performance. However, outstanding (exempt) schools continue to be subject to risk assessment. Where the risk assessment identifies sufficient concerns about decline in the performance of pupils’ academic achievement and overall decline in performance, these outstanding schools will receive a section 8 no formal designation inspection. Outstanding schools are subject to risk assessment process.I hope that's helpful.

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  31. Comment by James Rourke posted on

    We are a good school (last inspected under Section 5 in September 2012). We are therefore legally due a Short Inspection within the next academic year (within end of five academic years since our Section 5).

    Our school currently has an academy order in place from the DFE with plans to become a converter academy within a local MAT on 1st November 2018 (over a year away).

    Could the academy order result in us not being chosen for inspection?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, When a school is subject to an academy order, the school is considered a new school and is inspected within three years of operation, normally in the third year. However, where a school converts voluntarily to become an academy, Ofsted may take account of the timing of last inspection of the predecessor school in determining when to inspect.

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  32. Comment by Jo posted on

    The school my daughter will probably transfer to in Sept 18 last had an Ofsted "Reduced Tariff Inspection Report" in Jan 2009. There has been a change of head since this report and, I believe, 6 new teachers started in Sept 17. The feeling among the local community is that the school is not as good as it used to be. When is it likely to have its next Ofsted?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, Regulations state ‘the interval is a period not exceeding 5 years after the end of the school year in which the earlier section 5 inspection was carried out’ (The Education (School Inspection) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015). The exceptions to this requirement are schools that are exempt from section 5 inspection (known as ‘exempt schools’). Schools judged to be outstanding are exempt. The policy is set out in the School inspection handbooks <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-inspection-handbook-from-september-2015">School inspection handbook</a>.

      A change of headteacher would not itself be a trigger for an inspection, nor would it delay an inspection taking place. Exempt schools are subject to risk assessment and Ofsted can inspect an exempt school where there are concerns.

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  33. Comment by T posted on

    My friends son school which is an independent SEMH school had an inspection and was graded inadequate (jul). The head has left as well as the deputies. They have an super head in place temporary. She is worried the school will be shut especially as her son is settled there and she has only ever had a good experience of the school. How much notice will there be if the school is to shut or will the school get the chance to make improvements. if they remain open how often will they be check up on?

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  34. Comment by K Williams posted on

    I am another concerned parent with a child at an 'outstanding' school Last inspection 2015. Yes I know you'll say by law etc...
    But we have changed head teacher, had a year with no teacher due to illness/leaving, half my child's class are receiving extra lessons from the school now to try and bring them up to standard. Only 2 girls in year 6 passed the 11 plus.
    We chose this school because it was rated outstanding, I am not convinced it still merits this grade. Yet I have no way of knowing...

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  35. Comment by Jane posted on

    West Bridgford school appears to have had its last inspection in November 2011. Can you explain how this fits with the "no more than 5 years" timetable, please?

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      Comment by michelenevard posted on

      Hi, Regulations state ‘the interval is a period not exceeding 5 years after the end of the school year in which the earlier section 5 inspection was carried out’ (The Education (School Inspection) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015). The exceptions to this requirement are schools that are exempt from section 5 inspection (known as ‘exempt schools’). Schools judged to be outstanding are exempt. The policy is set out in the School inspection handbook.

      If the school being referred to is ‘The West Bridgford School’ then it’s last inspection was 23 November 2011 when it was judged ‘Outstanding’. It then converted to an academy. Where a school converts voluntarily to become an academy, Ofsted may take account of the timing of last inspection of the predecessor school in determining when to inspect. However exempt schools are subject to risk assessment and Ofsted can inspect an exempt school at any time where concerns have been raised.

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