OFSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. OFSTED inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
OFSTED inspect schools regularly and a school will usually have one main inspection every few years. The report from such an inspection will tell the reader all about the school, so, for example, it could help a parent or carer decide if they want to send their child to the school.
An OFSTED report features the inspectors findings and overall judgement grades for how good a school is at particular aspects.