From experience would you choose very small or much larger primary?

(54 Posts)
Bumblywumbly Thu 25-Apr-13 07:37:03

Teachers, parents, anyone?

I know there will be a range of opinions on this and it comes down to personal opinions and the DC themselves, but would love to get some input.

We live rurally and it's looking likely that next year, the two most likely choices for DD are going to be a 'larger than average school' pushing 400 pupils or a small village primary of approx 50-60. Will visit both and see how we feel of course but would be interested to get some thoughts- positives, negatives, would you make the same choice again?

learnandsay Thu 25-Apr-13 17:01:34

We faced a similar "choice" except for the fact that the tiny village primary is actually out of catchment for us and had 11 siblings waiting for 15 places in Reception. We though (wrongly it seems) that our quiet and demure daughter would need a tiny school and would get lost in the very big school. As it turns out she settled in beautifully from day one.

LurcioLovesFrankie Thu 25-Apr-13 17:10:13

My son's at a huge (3X30 pupil classes per year) infant school, which I'm very happy with.

Pluses - loads of support for extra curricular stuff, a "forest school", properly equipped cookery room, music facilities on site, all with specialist teachers (children get taken out of their main class in small groups to use these facilities).

Minuses - haven't come across any yet. DS seems to have made friends very easily (in fact better than one of his friends from nursery who's ended up at a very small school but this is probably just luck of the draw) and the other parents seem very friendly.

LurcioLovesFrankie Thu 25-Apr-13 17:11:14

Oh, and it's big enough to support a breakfast/after school club on site, which as a WOHM single mum is an absolute god-send from my point of view.

MrsJamin Thu 25-Apr-13 21:35:51

DS1 goes to a small infant school, less than 70 pupils. I love it- DS1 knows all the children and I know most parents by sight now. It is a lovely tight-knit community and very different to the 2-form entry primaries around here.

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