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Schools performance

League tables and (in England) Ofsted reports have become a go-to resource for Parents choosing their children’s first or next school.

Here we look at the organisations responsible for inspecting our schools and what their reports and grading mean.


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Ofsted: school inspections in England

The role of Ofsted, how schools are graded and how parents can give their views during inspections.Find out more
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Estyn: school inspections in Wales

Estyn explain what they do and how parents can contribute to school inspections.Find out more
News, views and FAQs

When will I find out if we got our first place school for September 2018?

In England you'll hear about secondary school places on 1 March and primary school places on 16 April.

How is a schools performance measured?

Schools in England are inspected and graded by Ofsted, and in Wales by Estyn. We explain what inspectors look for, how schools are graded and what the grades mean in Understanding Education. Check school websites for their latest inspection report.

How can I compare schools in my area?

You can search government websites for schools in England, Northern Ireland and Wales using your postcode. Search for primary, secondary and special needs schools and colleges near you, and check their performance.

You can view and download:
exam and test results
Ofsted reports
financial information

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