Choosing a school for your child is an important decision. In order to help parents find out as much information as possible, we would normally invite all prospective applicants to book a place on one of our Parent Tours.
Unfortunately we are unable to offer in person parent tours at the present time. We are preparing a virtual tour of our school which will be uploaded to our website in the coming weeks.
The Local Authority, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) co-ordinates admissions.
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.
Every address within the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead falls within the designated (catchment) area for certain schools.
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: email@example.com
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.
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.
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.