Why does Ofsted inspect schools?
They inspect schools to provide information to parents, to promote improvement and to hold schools to account for the public money we receive. School inspections are required by law.
When do inspections happen and how long do they last?
All Special Schools judged Outstanding or Good are inspected every 3 years. The inspection lasts a day, however if the inspectors think that the good school is now outstanding or is now requiring improvement it will have another inspection which will take place within 48 hours and will last two days.
What judgements do inspectors make?
Inspectors will make graded judgements on the following areas using the four-point scale:
- Effectiveness of leadership and management
- Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
- Personal development, behaviour and welfare
- Outcomes for children and learners
At Wyre Forest School they will also make judgements on the effectiveness of the Early Years and 6th form provision.
We are graded from 1 to 4:
- Grade 1 (outstanding)
- Grade 2 (good)
- Grade 3 (required improvement)
- Grade 4 (inadequate
Our residential provision is inspected annually and more information can be found in the Russell House section of the website.
How much notice do we get?
Usually we receive notice of an inspection the working day before the inspection begins. However, Ofsted can inspect any school without notice.