We live a stones throw from there, but am really concerned about possible lack of breakfast/supper club and the early Friday finish. I commute to London and struggle with the 6pm nursery closure as it is.
Thanks for the good news about it's reputation though, good to hear.
Are you sure you wouldn't get in, I know kids from Markenfield Rd, Church Rd who got into HT. I would have thought a need for wrap around care would be a good reason to get into HT. Obviously depends on year and how many kids but maybe speak to the school.
Schools are not obliged to offer care themselves though - they are only obliged to point you in the direction of childcare which might be a list of child minders. Quite a few schools have no before or after school provision.
Something to bear in mind wherever you apply though is, just because a school has a breakfast and an after school club doesn't mean you'll get a place right away. Children already at the school have spaces which they may or may not continue to need each year. If the clubs are full with older year groups, children entering reception may have to wait on a list for a space to come up either in the mornings of afternoons or both.
If your school decision is influenced by facilities like breakfast clubs, it is worth checking whether you'd be likely to get a space.
Ughfootballseason - not that is the case unfortunately. A lot of areas are well served in the sense that most / every school has an after school club at least. But in other areas they are rarer and the school's only obligation then is to tell parents where wrap around care can be found (a list of CMs or details of an off-site childcare company). The school don't have to have any direct involvement in this.
It is also the case that a lot of people go to great lengths to get into a school with on site childcare only to find there is a waiting list and they might not be able to use the breakfast or after school club for some months or even years.
For that reason, unless the school can confirm it has ample places for new starters, I wouldn't base school decisions on childcare facilities alone.