School inspection is currently set out in legislation through the Education Act 2005. In this act, the regular two-day inspection is described as a Section 5 inspection and ‘other inspection’ is described as a Section 8 inspection (in England). This includes the new ‘short inspection’ of schools graded ‘Good`.
Schools that are graded Requires Improvement usually have a full re-inspection within 30 months. Schools graded Inadequate have more regular monitoring, alongside support to improve their grading.
Ofsted inspectors look at four main areas:
Schools receive a judgement for each of the four inspection areas, and an overall judgement. There are four numerical grades:
Note: the link at the bottom of the page takes you to our most recent Ofsted report.
Ofsted takes into account the views of parents and carers giving parents the chance to tell Ofsted what they think of your child’s school, responding to the questions asked.
The questionnaire can be completed at any time – you don’t have to wait until the school is being inspected. The link below takes you to the Parent View website.
Smith’s Wood Academy: Section 5 inspection
Smith’s Wood Academy was last inspected on the 1st and 2nd May 2019. This was a Section 5 inspection. As a result of this inspection the school was removed from ‘Special Measures’ and was graded as ‘Requires Improvement’. The leadership and management of the school was graded as ‘good’.
The inspection team highlighted many strengths. Ofsted reported that;