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Furze Infants School receive Ofsted praise following inspection


Another of the borough’s schools has received one of the top marks from Ofsted following a recent inspection.

Furze Infants School received a ‘good’ rating from the government department with the inspectors saying the Bennett Road venue is a “harmonious and joyful place for pupils to learn” and that “staff are committed to ensuring pupils have the very best experience”.

The school was also praised for “engaging parents and carers in the importance” of children attending school, which has seen attendance increase on last year, reaching 96 per cent.

Schools receive just half a day’s notice that a short inspection is to take place, and during the one-day check inspectors looked at how the school was working to decrease persistently absent pupils and what leaders were doing to help disadvantaged pupils progress.

The best educational start in life

Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, Cabinet Member for Educational Attainment and School Improvement, said: “This is more fantastic news for Barking and Dagenham schools and demonstrates that the hard work and dedication being put in by staff is paying off.

“We are determined to give the young people in our borough the best educational start in life by providing opportunities and experiences that will enrich and challenge them to fulfil their potential.”

The inspection took place on 1 May and was the first inspection since the school was previously rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in September 2013.

The school’s executive headteacher, Gary Wilder OBE, said: “This is an excellent report, and all should be proud of the progress the school has made. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of staff, governors, parents and pupils in achieving such a positive outcome.”

The news comes after Trinity School in Dagenham was also recently inspected, receiving an ‘outstanding’ rating.

Nine out of ten of the borough’s schools are now rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

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