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Which school would you choose?

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Mallowmarshmallow Sat 04-Nov-17 09:36:12

I went to see our two closest schools yesterday.

School A: separate infant/junior two minute walk away. Shown around by head in a group of ten-ish. Not much opportunity for questions but more at the (child-free) open evening next week which I can’t make due to being away.

Small classrooms and nice but small outdoor areas. Small ICT areas outside classrooms suitable for small groups. They are conscious of settle in needs of different children but try to integrate them into the whole school as quickly as possible.

Infants is outstanding but last ofsted was nine years ago. Juniors has had several years of problems although I think it is deemed good. Not such a good reputation locally.

Basically, it’s a small (feels small although two form entry) village, church school.

School B: as the crow flies not much further away but a more difficult walk that wouldn’t be manageable every day.

In special measures a few years ago, now part of local academy so lots of money.

Met with deputy head who spoke at us (not necessarily on the topics I really wanted to know about like pastoral care, early days settling, behaviour management) for half an hour. Mainly covered results, opportunities like external language teachers teaching four languages from reception, theatre trips etc.

Then shown around by two eloquent, polite year sixes who showed us around the whole (through primary) school.

Modern ICT suite, modern classrooms and nice outside areas. Reception are largely kept separate with their own play area and separate lunchtimes.

Both have behaviour management programmes I don’t really like where you move down onto red dots/black clouds for undesirable behaviour.

Which would you choose? What would be your main considerations?

Lowdoorinthewal1 Sat 04-Nov-17 09:41:32

A for the easier walk and lack of academy status.

BowlingShoes Sat 04-Nov-17 09:43:35

A for exactly the same reasons as low.

RapidStreaming Sat 04-Nov-17 09:43:47

A - as above

Slartybartfast Sat 04-Nov-17 09:44:50

i would go for the easier walk and be wary of the academy status also.
my teacher friend suggested I see which school had lots of pictures on the walls.

Slartybartfast Sat 04-Nov-17 09:45:39

are there friendship groups, ie current friends?

domesticslattern Sat 04-Nov-17 09:46:14

Being able to walk to school is really good- think of all the time you will save added up over the years.

CamperVamp Sat 04-Nov-17 09:58:33

A. For the walk and not part of an academy chain.

flyingpigsinclover Sat 04-Nov-17 10:10:22

A, without a doubt.
As for the OFSTED - how has it been 9 years since the last OFSTED inspection?!

Lowdoorinthewal1 Sat 04-Nov-17 10:15:32

Because once you get an outstanding ofsted, unless something triggers it like a dramatic drop in results or serious safeguarding complaint, you don't get inspected again.

There are plenty of outstanding schools out there that haven't been inspected since the more rigorous ofsted schedule came in.

Middleoftheroad Sat 04-Nov-17 10:17:38

School A.
Ease of walking trumps a sparkly ICT suite every time

flyingpigsinclover Sat 04-Nov-17 10:24:42

I thought that they still got inspected but not as often.

Glumglowworm Sat 04-Nov-17 11:29:46


Two form entry isn't small, but I think it's good that it feels small without being small, especially at infants. Walking to school makes everything easier including having local friends and giving DC more independence when they're older

RedSkyAtNight Sat 04-Nov-17 11:31:37

A for the closer walk and being part of community.

Academy chain not necessarily a bad thing that others seem to be making out - round her the schools attached to chains seem to be in a better place than those that aren't.

MiaowTheCat Sun 05-Nov-17 16:55:44

The one that's not been eaten up by the academy chain.

I'm VERY anti-academies.

School B sounds like the one that was a bloody nightmare experience for DD1 (we then moved her to a school A - although in our case the ease of getting there is reversed) - beautiful technology, so many iPads they could have been using them to wipe their arses with, a head who didn't do talking "TO" people but loved talking "AT" them about her own superduperness and how parents must do things this way... and beautifully mannered year 6s (cos they were so fucking terrified to break the 9million ridiculous rules going on).

Our juniors is less well regarded than the infants but having asked around I think lots of it is just that the infants is SO caring and community led in terms of parental involvement etc that the move into KS2 and the kids naturally having a bit more independence feels a bit like they're being "shoved out" to some of the parents. I think that contrast knocks parents' perceptions of the junior school down somewhat.

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