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Which school would you put at your first preference

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Blankscreen Fri 06-Jan-17 07:03:23

Dd is coming to the end of infant school and we live in an area with separate junior schools. I'm totally torn over which school to out first.

School a
Well established junior school. Really lively and buzzing, possibly a bit too noisy/distracting. 6 form entry so a large school. Loads of extra curricular clubs and amazing sports facilities etc which I think dd would love.

School b
New infant turning into a primary. Last year most of the children left and went to school a, so they are taking children this year.
Much smaller 2 form entry, cosier feel. Quite a small.site with OK sports facilities.
This has more of the feel of his current school and woukd be less of a change but our worry is its unproven at getting children through year 6.
Bonus here though is our ds.would get a place next year as we are now.in a bit of a black hole for.infant places.
They have ta's in the classes.whete as school a doesn't. Dd does get quite a bit of support when we asked about staff recruitment we got the impression that they will.employ nqts. Wou+d this worry you??

I'm at a total loss.
I thought school b but dh has concerns and thinks school a. Both are ofsted outstanding but obviously school b has no track record.

Any other perspectives very gratefully received.

Thanks

AuntieStella Fri 06-Jan-17 07:24:32

I would go for school A, if current school is actual or de facto feeder.

Because I think what will make it 'less of a change' is staying with his mates.

MrsJamin Fri 06-Jan-17 08:02:34

What's the leadership like? A brilliant Head makes all the difference.

NotCitrus Fri 06-Jan-17 08:08:19

I'd go for larger at that age - more chance of clubs they enjoy and ability to find friends, and staff are more likely to have experience of supporting children like your dd.

NormaSmuff Fri 06-Jan-17 08:11:35

what about the pictures on the walls, what does the school look like?

i like a smaller school but there are pros and cons but it doesnt sound That small.

agree the Head is really important.

closest to your house?

SilenceOfThePrams Fri 06-Jan-17 08:58:31

If go for b if it means both children will be in the same place - school drop off and pick up so much easier then.

2014newme Fri 06-Jan-17 11:09:57

B if you are in an infant black hole. But I prefer the sound of A but I have sporty kids

smellyboot Fri 06-Jan-17 11:29:19

I have sporty kids too in a big primary so I'd go with A based on that. However there are practical advantages to one school for 2 DC.
I think big schools due to extra especialist support services and opportunities etc. 2 form is not that small, but will the year actually be full?

Tomorrowillbeachicken Fri 06-Jan-17 11:45:33

I'd go with B but my child gets anxious with too many people.

golfbuggy Fri 06-Jan-17 12:50:15

School A - the small cosy school will start to feel claustrophobic quite quickly.
DD's school (4 form entry) has loads of DC transferring in from Year 4 onwards as DC find their previous small school (great in the earlier years) too stifling.

Where are her friends going? I don't think that should be the deciding factor, but it may be a contributing one!

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