How Ofsted selects new schools for inspection

Information on how Ofsted selects new schools, including academies and free schools, for inspection.


Policy statement for inspecting new schools and schools that undergo a change in status

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Ofsted usually inspects all new schools, including academies, in the first 3 years after they open. This normally happens in the school’s third year.

Read more about how we carry out school inspections or view the school inspection handbook.

Published 4 April 2014
Last updated 6 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect that good schools are inspected approximately every 4 years. Added a paragraph explaining the position for exempt schools that undergo significant change.
  2. Minor changes to make the process clear.
  3. Initial inspection for new schools will be in the third year of operation.
  4. First published.