Focus schools are inspected under section 162A of the Education Act 2002 by the School Inspection Service, an independent inspectorate which conducts school inspections in the context of the Independent Schools Regulations and Standards on behalf of the Department for Education.
Inspections are overseen by Ofsted, the Government’s official inspection body for maintained schools. They take place every three or six years, and for schools on a six year cycle interim monitoring inspections are carried out as an additional measure. Inspectors and their teams are comprised almost entirely of ex HMIs and have a wealth of experience in education and the inspection process.
We regard these inspections as a positive contribution to the improvement of our schools and ensure that we act upon recommendations swiftly and thoroughly.