All state-maintained schools in England are inspected by Ofsted. This includes local authority-run schools, academies and free schools, as well as non-maintained special schools, pupil referral units and further education/sixth form colleges. Ofsted also inspects some independent schools
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:
- Quality of education
- Behaviour and attitudes
- Personal development of pupils
Schools receive a judgement for each of the four inspection areas, and an overall judgement. There are four numerical grades:
- 1: Outstanding
- 2: Good
- 3: Requires Improvement
- 4: Inadequate
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;
- The school has improved rapidly since it opened as an academy in April 2017. Determined leadership from the headteacher, well supported by senior leaders and the Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust (FMAT), has resulted in considerable improvement in teaching, behaviour and attendance. Consequently, current pupils’ progress is improving rapidly.
- The curriculum is thoughtfully planned and contributes well to pupils’ personal development. It is particularly effective in helping pupils to understand how to stay safe and live healthy lives.
- The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development is strong.
- The school provides a thorough and well-planned careers education programme.
- Outcomes are strong in several subjects. These include languages and most vocational subjects.
- Leaders work closely with many outside agencies to provide bespoke support for pupils and families.
- Pupils are safe in school.
- Safeguarding has an appropriately high priority.