Furze Infants' School


School Guide Rating

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Not Rated
3 - 7
Community School
Does not apply
Mr ofsted
4 1 1 2 3 4
Ofsted Report
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Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil Pupil
Teacher 18.9:1
Pupil/Teacher Ratio
Persistent Absence
School language
Pupils first language
not English
Pupils registered for free school meals
Happiness Rating

Ofsted Parent View

Bennett Road
Chadwell Heath
020 82704420
Furze Infant School is a larger–than-average-sized infant school. The large majority of pupils come from a range of minority ethnic heritages, and this proportion is much higher than usual. Almost half of pupils speak English as an additional language. A lower-than-average proportion of pupils are supported through school action or school action plus or have a statement of special education needs. Almost a third of the pupils are known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium, which is additional funding given to schools for children in specific groups including those in the care of the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals. At Furze Infant School the pupils eligible for the pupil premium are those known to be entitled to free school meals, and this proportion is just higher than the national average. The school is led by an executive headteacher who is also the executive headteacher of the junior school which most of the pupils go to when they leave Furze Infant School. These two schools form a federation and share one governing body. The executive headteacher is a National Leader of Education and together with other members of staff from both schools in the federation support a number of other local schools. The school welcomed six new teachers to the staff in September including three newly qualified teachers. A number of staff were absent during the inspection for approved reasons.

Catchment information

Local Authority Admissions team

020 8215 3004

Furze Infants' School

Published admission number 112
Total applications 229
Sibling places 42
LAC/PLAC (also known as CLA) places 1
Number of places offered on distance criteria 69
Cut-off distance 0.8405 km
Geographical priority Cut-off distance (nearest child)

Admissions Criteria

Listed in priority order

  1. Children who are or were in the care of a local authority.
  2. Children who have a sibling (brother or sister) attending the school (or in the case of an infant school, the linked junior school) where that child is due to start school. We treat Furze Infants School and Warren Junior School, Village Infants School and William Ford Church of England Junior School as linked for this purpose.
  3. Children who live closest to the school, measured in kilometres in a straight line (as the crow flies).

The information provided is to be used as a guide to the admission criteria. It should not be regarded as definitive. For details information about the admission critera, please contact the Local Authority Admissions Team (details above).

How have we plotted this map?

For this school, priority is given to children who live nearest to the school, measured by a straight line. No predefined catchment area exists but a circular priority area is created, the radius of which is the distance between the school and the home of the last child taking up a place in the previous year. The size of the cut-off distance circle will change annually and is different to a catchment area.

School Guide provides this data as a guide to future admissions only. We recommend parents always check important catchment information with the relevant local authority and consider the list of higher priorities (SEN, siblings, etc.) before applying to a school.

See Pupil heat maps and catchment FAQs for more information on the way geographical areas are used to allocate places when a school is oversubscribed.

Local Authority Admissions team

020 8215 3004

How have we plotted this pupil heat map?

This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the last School Census (released annually in July).

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment maps. Catchment maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

View this school’s catchment or cut-off distance map by clicking on the link above. See Pupil heat maps and catchment FAQs for more information about the source of pupil heat map data. We also explain the difference between our pupil heat maps, cut-off distance maps and catchment area maps.

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