Inspection of boarding and residential schools

How boarding and residential schools are inspected: handbooks, guidance, minimum standards, letters.

  1. Boarding schools and residential special schools: inspection documents

    For inspection from 1 April 2017. The letter of notice, letter to parents and Annex A for boarding school and residential special school inspections.

  2. Boarding schools: national minimum standards

    The national minimum standards that boarding schools must meet to safeguard and protect the children in their care.

  3. Bridge Schools Inspectorate: Ofsted advice note

    Advice note from Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, on the inspection of schools previously inspected by the Bridge Schools Inspectorate.

  4. Conducting full joint inspections of youth offending work

    Guidance for Ofsted inspectors in carrying out full joint inspections of youth offending work.

  5. Independent schools: changing boarding or residential provision

    Form for inspectors to use for a material change inspection to an independent school seeking to open or change existing boarding or residential provision.

  6. Inspecting independent schools: letter for parents and carers

    This is a letter sent to parents and carers about independent school inspections at the time of inspection.

  7. Inspecting independent schools: pre-registration and material change inspections

    A leaflet for registered and proposed new independent schools outlining what Ofsted inspectors will look at.

  8. Inspections of unregistered schools: guidance for inspectors

    This handbook sets out Ofsted’s policies and procedures for inspecting premises that appear to be operating as unregistered independent schools.

  9. National minimum standards checklist for a material change inspection of an independent special school residential provision

    Form to be used for a material change inspection to an existing special school that is seeking to open or change existing residential provision – welfare only.

  10. National minimum standards form for material change inspections of an independent school seeking to open or change existing boarding provision

    Forms for social care inspectors to use for material change inspections of an independent school seeking to open or change existing boarding provision - welfare only.

  11. Residential holiday scheme for disabled children: do you need to register?

    What you need to know about registering with Ofsted if you want to open or manage a residential holiday scheme for disabled children.

  12. Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): boarding schools and residential special schools

    Guidance about how boarding schools and residential special schools are inspected.