'Oakengates Nursery is a special place for children to learn, play and grow. Children' (Ofsted 2020)
On behalf of the Governing Board I am delighted to publish the latest Ofsted inspection report for the Nursery school. Please click here to read the report. We are so proud of our achievements.
Information for parents about Ofsted inspections
Our setting is unique in many ways. We are a Local Authority Maintained Nursery school, which also provides full year childcare for children from 0-8 years old. The law requires us to undergo two Ofsted inspections one for the nursery school and one for our day care provision.
Please click here for information about the day care Ofsted inspection. Then continue reading to learn about the school inspection.
Why does Ofsted inspect schools?
Ofsted inspects schools to provide information to parents, to promote improvement and to hold schools to account for the public money they receive. School inspections are required by law. Ofsted provide an independent assessment of the quality and standards of education in schools, and check whether pupils are achieving as much as they can.
Who inspects schools?
Her Majesty’s Inspectors and Ofsted Inspectors (who in most cases are serving school leaders who inspect for Ofsted for an agreed number of days each year) carry out the inspections. All inspectors have been trained to, and assessed against, Ofsted’s standards.
When do inspections happen and how long do they last?
A school that was judged to be outstanding at its last inspection is exempt from routine inspection. Ofsted will not normally inspect exempt schools unless Ofsted have a concern about their performance. Ofsted will also carry out an annual assessment of an exempt school’s performance (from the third year after the school’s last inspection) to determine whether an inspection might be necessary. Exempt schools continue to be inspected as part of Ofsted’s programme of surveys of curriculum subjects and aspects of the curriculum.
Exemption from inspection does not apply to maintained nursery schools, special schools or pupil referral units that are judged as outstanding. These schools are subject to inspection in the same way as schools that are judged as good schools.
When Ofsted has judged a school to be good, Ofsted will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good and that safeguarding is effective. This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school.
Ofsted does not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection of a good school, but if Ofsted find some evidence that the school would now be better than good, or standards may be declining, Ofsted will conduct a full inspection with graded judgements, which Ofsted call a section 5 inspection.
Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection, but if Ofsted have serious concerns about a school, for example in relation to safeguarding, Ofsted will ‘convert’ the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.
Although most good schools will be inspected as outlined above, some good schools will automatically receive a section 5 inspection instead of a section 8 inspection if Ofsted's risk assessment process indicates that the quality of provision in the school may
A school judged as requires improvement at its last inspection is a school that is not yet good but overall provides an acceptable standard of education. The school is inspected again within a period of 30 months. Where a school has been judged as requires improvement at two successive inspections, it will be subject to monitoring from inspectors to check its progress and is inspected again within a period of 30 months.
A standard inspection usually lasts two days but, for good primary schools and good or outstanding maintained nursery schools with less than 150 pupils, Ofsted will normally inspect for one day. The number of inspectors on the inspection team will vary according to the size and nature of the school.
What judgements do inspectors make?
Inspectors will make graded judgements on the following:
◼ overall effectiveness and the four key judgements:
◼ the quality of education
◼ behaviour and attitudes
◼ personal development
◼ leadership and management.
Where applicable, inspectors will also make a graded judgement on the effectiveness of the early years or sixth form provision in a school.
Inspectors use the following four-point scale to make all judgements:
◼ grade 1 (outstanding)
◼ grade 2 (good)
◼ grade 3 (requires improvement)
◼ grade 4 (inadequate).
The school must take all reasonable steps to make sure that parents of pupils at the school receive a copy of the inspection report.
We have included our more recent Ofsted reports on this page. Should you wish to view other reports please log on to www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report where you will be able to search for them.