Furze Infant School is a large school serving a residential area of Greater London. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is in line with the national average. About two thirds of pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds and nearly half speak English as an additional language. These figures are high compared with the national picture. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is below the national average, although the proportion with a statement of special educational needs is in line with the average. These needs relate mainly to speech, language and communication difficulties. Early Years Foundation Stage provision is offered in the school’s Nursery and Reception classes. The school holds a breakfast club each day, which was looked at as part of the inspection. After-school care is organised by a private provider and there is a children’s centre run by the local authority on the school’s site. Both of these are subject to separate inspection arrangements. The school has gained Healthy Schools status and the Basic Skills Quality Mark. In September 2010, the school became part of a hard federation with the local junior school following the retirement of the previous joint headteachers. The headteacher of the junior school became executive headteacher of the federation, and heads of school were appointed to run each school on a day-to-day basis.