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Frequency of Ofsted inspections
Find out how often Ofsted inspects schools and get an idea of when your next inspection will be.
- Timings depend on your Ofsted grade and date of last inspection
- 'Outstanding' schools
- 'Outstanding' special schools, PRUs, alternative provision academies and maintained nursery schools
- 'Good' schools
- Schools which 'require improvement'
- 'Inadequate' schools
- New schools
- Ofsted can't always re-inspect in the given time frame
- Inspections can happen any time from 5 school days after autumn term starts
- Inspection triggers
- The difference between section 5 and section 8 inspections
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