Furze Platt Infant School

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Admissions

Choosing a school for your child is an important decision.  In order to help parents find out as much information as possible, we invite all prospective applicants to book a place on one of our Parent Tours.

Dates for Parent Tours for September 2019 admissions are:

Monday 15th October
Monday 29th October
Friday 2nd November
Monday 5th November
Friday 16th November
Monday 19th November
Friday 23rd November
Monday 26th November
Friday 30th November
Monday 3rd December
Friday 7th December
Monday 7th January
Friday 11th January 

Parent Tours start at 9.45 am and will take approximately 30 minutes. Places are limited, therefore booking is essential.

We will also be holding a Prospective Parents Evening Tour:                 

Thursday 15th November @ 7.00 pm

Please contact the school office to book a place on any of the above Parent Tour dates or if you would like to attend the Prospective Parents Evening Tour:

Email: office@fpis.org or telephone 01628 624385

 

The Local Authority, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) co-ordinates admissions. 

 

Starting School
Children can start school the September following their 4th birthday (in Early Years) until transferring to the Junior stage in the September following their 7th birthday (at the end of Year 2).

All parents will need to apply separately for their children to transfer to a Junior school.

For further guidance on admissions and starting school please refer to the following information which can be found on the RBWM website School Admissions homepage.

 

Designated area

Every address within the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead falls within the designated (catchment) area for certain schools. 

You can find the designated area for a specific address by using The Royal Borough Neighbourhood View or Neighbourhood Map online facilities.

 

Place Allocation

Furze Platt Infant School is a popular and often over-subscribed school. Places in the school are initially
allocated to children who live in the school’s designated area and after this demand has been met, other requests are considered. Some vacancies are usually available for “out of area” pupils but this varies from year to year.

Parents accepting an “out of area” place must be aware that this does not guarantee automatic entry to any subsequent children. Children living in the catchment area will always take precedence. Each year we may admit up to 90 pupils, the total school roll being around 270.

The admissions criteria are as follows, in order of priority:

1. Looked After Children (a child who is in care of the Local Authority).
2. Children of compulsory school age whose home address is in the area served by the school.
3. Children of compulsory school age who have brothers or sisters attending the school*.
4. Children of compulsory school age who have strong medical or social grounds for admission**.
5. Children of compulsory school age whose parents have any other reason for their choice.

* Brothers or sisters: this includes a half, step or foster child permanently living in the same family unit.

** The following descriptor relates to the strong medical or social grounds criteria: e.g. serious social
problems in the family, or any chronic medical condition affecting the pupil that only your preferred school can deal with. These reasons must be fully supported at the time of application by written confirmation from the professional person involved in the case and will be dealt with by the Local Authority. 

How and When to Apply

The Local Education Authority deals with all admissions .
Contact them on 01628 683870
or Email: school.admissions@rbwm.org.uk 

The LEA are only offering places once per academic year. All forms should be returned to the
Admissions Department each January for entry into school for September of the same year.

Chronic Health Conditions

We admit children with chronic health conditions ranging from severe allergies, asthma, and epilepsy to more life threatening problems. Please make contact with the school as early as possible if your child has any long term health condition so that an appropriate care plan can be put in place. Please be aware that their starting date at school may be delayed if we’re not given enough time to put this care plan in place.

Disabilities

At Furze Platt Infant School we endeavour to treat and teach each pupil equally. In the case of a child with a disability, e.g. visual or hearing impairment, it is essential that the Headteacher is informed as early as
possible in order that any arrangements needed to provide appropriate support can be in place on school
entry. This support may range from a class teacher receiving advice from an expert in the field, to substantial one-to-one help in the classroom.

Additional Information

Parents of pre-school children are advised to refer to the Borough Handbook “A Guide to Primary Education”. It is available on request from the Admissions Departmen at the RBWM. This gives general guidelines about starting school in Windsor & Maidenhead, and has useful dates and information.