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?
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