Furze Platt Senior School


Name Furze Platt Senior School
Website http://www.furzeplatt.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 September 2016
Address Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7NQ
Phone Number 01628625308
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1308 (61% boys 39% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.0
Local Authority Windsor and Maidenhead
Percentage Free School Meals 7.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.1%

Information about this school

Furze Platt Senior School is a larger than average secondary school for 11–18-year-olds. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium is lower than the national average. The school has a slightly larger than average proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups. There is a slightly lower than average proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is well above the national average. The school has an Autism Resource Area (called Shine) for a maximum of 15 pupils. A small number of pupils attend an alternative provision at Activate Haybrook College and RISE. The school complies with DfE guidance on what academies should publish. The school achieved well above the floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has led the improvement of the school ably. She has ensured that there are strong, effective systems of accountability in place to address the weaknesses identified at the last inspection. Governors, senior and middle leaders have an accurate view of the school’s performance. They are taking effective steps to improve the progress made by disadvantaged pupils. The sixth form is a strength of the school. Students achieve well and are good role models for younger pupils. Teachers’ good subject knowledge and careful attention to ensuring good-quality feedback helps pupils to learn well. Pupils achieve standards that are above average, especially in English and mathematics. Pupils are able to pursue their next steps with confidence because careers information, advice and guidance are well matched to the needs, interests and abilities of pupils. Pupils are polite, mature and supportive of each other. They behave very well and know how to keep themselves safe. They are well prepared for life in modern Britain. The attendance of a small group of disadvantaged pupils, while improving, is not high enough. Teaching is not yet of the highest quality. A small amount of teaching does not challenge pupils to learn well, particularly the most able. Despite improving outcomes, progress for some pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is not improving at the same rate as for other pupils.