Canary Wharf College, East Ferry
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This school has 5 parent reviews

197 East Ferry Road
Isle of Dogs
E14 3BA
4 - 11
Free schools
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Canary Wharf College is a state-funded free primary school, which opened in September 2011. The school is much smaller than most schools in England. It is designed with an average of 20 pupils per class and currently has 120 pupils aged 4 to 8 years. It is planned to grow to capacity by 2017 with 280 pupils aged 4 to 11 years. The site is currently being redeveloped to provide the facilities that will be needed when the school is at capacity. The new accommodation will be opened in September 2014. Canary Wharf College has a non-denominational Christian ethos and is a designated school of religious character. The pupils come from a wide range of cultural heritages. An above average proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. Some are at an early stage of learning English. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below the national average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible to free school meals, looked after children or children of service families, is well below the national average. There are currently no children of service families in the school.

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Canary Wharf College, East Ferry Reviews

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“Excellent primary”
"> Fab school. Amazing staff. Happy son doing amazingly well academically and socially. Often a school may not be the right one. I guess this happened to IODMum who I’ve seen on 2 sites now being incredibly vocal in her opinions. I’d suggest when looking for a school, visit the school, speak to parents and view when kids arrive and leave....
“Great school, supported by a real sense of community”
"> Canary Wharf College turned out to be a fantastic choice for a primary school. It has strong leadership, good teaching, and a great community. Over three years at the school, our experience has been overwhelmingly positive. Classes are small with 20 children, this is good to build the child's confidence and creates a good environment of learning. Inclusiveness is a key part of the ethos at CWC and it is clearly visible at events such as Sports day. Club activities are excellent and plentiful. Having to prepare a packed lunch is a real downside though. It should also be noted that the longer school days mean longer holidays, which can be both a logistical challenge and the key to cheaper vacations.
“Self-serving school”
"> I agree with Dee's review. I am a parent in one of their schools. It has been the worst mistake and very stressful. The school is closed more than it is open - Pupils have 18 weeks holiday a year and staff have 13 weeks holiday and yet they are not ready for the start of term...?! If your child has any SEN, then definitely avoid as this school will not support and would rather call you and your child a liar when you have the audacity to expect the school to deliver on what they said they would. They have no regard for statutory requirements. They expect parents to be at arms length as they are the experts. Oh, sure you can get involved in the Parents group but don't question the teaching, lack of support, etc as you won't get anywhere and will get even less support than before. It is a self serving school. I'm sure staff know when a child is being failed but most are young, inexperienced and they are not going to speak up for you. There are better schools out there.
“Best school I could have hoped for”
"> This is a fantastic community school, with a 50% Christian intake but welcoming applications from children of all faiths or no faith and providing an excellent and well rounded education for all, regardless of background. My daughter has just finished year six, and her younger brother is also at the school - they are both very happy, have good (and nice!) friends, and have thrived academically. The teaching standard is universally high, and any problems are dealt with quickly. The perceived 'exclusivity' of the school is unfair, within both categories of place ('faith' and 'community' places), distance from the school is the key - if the Christian ethos prevents certain demographics from applying, then it is not the school that is being narrow in its selection but those people choosing not to apply.
“Failing the most vulnerable children in the community”
"> In my opinion, the comes across as very elitist and lacking in support of the most vulnerable children in the community. From experience with the school, I don't believe they promote inclusion. The governing body lacks independence. Furthermore, the intake of students on pupil premium highlights the schools exclusivity when compared to other local schools in the same catchment area.
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