Terms of use

These terms of use tell you how the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) website is managed and how you are protected when you are using our site.

If you do not agree with these terms of use, you should leave the site immediately.

Using our site

Access and use by you of this site constitutes acceptance by you of our terms of use, which take effect from the date of first use.

You agree to use this site only for lawful purposes and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of this site by, any other person.

Such restriction or inhibition includes, without limitation, conduct which is unlawful or which may harass or cause distress or inconvenience to any person, and the transmission of obscene or offensive content, or the disruption of the normal flow of dialogue within this site.

You are prohibited from posting or transmitting via this website any unlawful, defamatory, obscene, offensive or scandalous material, or any material that constitutes or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offence, likely to give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violates any law.

Ofsted will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order lawfully requesting or directing us to disclose the identity of anyone posting any such information or materials on this website. Ofsted will monitor this site and ay related applications for inappropriate use.

Your attention is drawn to the Computer Misuse Act 1990 which makes it an offence to gain unauthorised access to a computer system or to make unauthorised modifications of computer data.


The Ofsted website and any related material, information, products and services (or to third-party information, products and services), is provided 'as is', without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

Ofsted does not warrant that the functions in the material contained in this site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or represent the full functionality, accuracy, or reliability of the materials.

In no event will Ofsted be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of, data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Ofsted website.

Virus protection

Ofsted makes every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. It is always wise for you to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the internet.

Ofsted does not accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.

Links to the Ofsted website

You are welcome to link to the Ofsted website and we encourage users to do this. However, please ensure you comply with the following conditions:

  • you must not imply in any way that Ofsted endorses your organisation
  • you may not use the Ofsted logo without written agreement from us.

It is your responsibility to ensure deep-links to the Ofsted website are kept updated. Ofsted will not notify you if we move content.

Many organisations, institution, commercial and non-commercial websites link to the Ofsted website. Ofsted is not responsible for the content or reliability of these sites. A link to the Ofsted website should not be taken as endorsement of any kind by Ofsted.

Links from the Ofsted website

Ofsted occasionally provides links to content provided by other organisations which may be of interest to our readers. We cannot guarantee that any links provided will work all of the time and we are not responsible for the content or accuracy of any linked site, nor responsible for any subsequent change in content to which we provide a link. The inclusion of a link to an external website from ofsted.gov.uk is not an endorsement of that website, its owners or products/services and we do not accept any liability in respect of the content of that website.


If you are in breach of any of these terms of use, you agree to indemnify and hold Ofsted harmless in respect of any costs, expenses, claims, proceedings, actions, losses, damages or liabilities incurred by us in relation to or arising from such a breach

Governing law

These terms of use shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute arising under these terms of use shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.


Ofsted may at any time revise these terms of use without notice. Please check regularly for any such changes.


Ofsted accepts no liability for any failure to comply with these terms of use where such failure is due to circumstances beyond our reasonable control.

If Ofsted waive any rights available to us under these terms of use on one occasion, this does not mean that those rights will automatically be waived on any other occasion.

If any of these terms of use are held to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal for any reason, the remaining terms of use shall nevertheless continue in full force.


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