Ofsted is a government body set up to inspect schools and other childcare/educational institutions and judge their effectiveness. Schools are inspected every few years. Not all institutions are inspected by Ofsted. Some independent schools, pre-schools and post-16 institutions and universities are not subject to inspection. You can find out more about Ofsted at www.ofsted.gov.uk.
Ofsted publishes its findings in reports, which contain both a written description and appraisal of the school, and a series of judgements of the school’s effectiveness in a wide range of areas. These areas include academic standards, pupil behaviour and school leadership.
In each area, schools are judged on a score from 1 to 4, ranging from Outstanding (1), Good (2), Requires Improvement (3) or Unsatisfactory (4).
As a Voluntary Aided Catholic School, the teaching of RE at St Joseph’s is not inspected by Ofsted, as this is the responsibility of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Schools Service. This is called a Section 48 inspection.