The lead inspector reports her or his judgement to the headteacher and governors. The inspector’s findings are published in a report for the school, parents and the wider community. Inspection reports provide information about the effectiveness of the schools work and contain recommendations about what the school should do to improve further. The report highlights the grade given to the school for the inspection
- Grade 1 (Outstanding)
- Grade 2 (Good)
- Grade 3 (Requires improvement)
- Grade 4 (Inadequate) *
* If inspectors judge a school to be inadequate it will be placed in one of the following two categories:
- Special Measures – this means the school is failing to provide its pupils with an acceptable standard of education, and is not showing the capacity to make the improvements needed. Inspectors will visit the school regularly to check its progress, until it can be removed from the category. OFSTED will inspect it again after about two years.
- Serious weaknesses – this means that one or more of the key areas of the school’s performance require significant improvement, but the leaders and managers have demonstrated the capacity to improve. Inspectors will visit the school regularly to check its progress, until it can be removed from the category. It will be inspected again within 18 months of its last inspection