K1999 - the reason Honeywell hasn't had an inspection report for years is that the school was judged by Ofsted to be 'Outstanding' in an earlier report, I think around 10 years ago. There was then a follow up inspection in about 2010, which simply confirmed the previous rating. Since that report was published, Ofsted rules changed to the effect that any school judged Outstanding would no longer be subject to routine testing. The exception to this would be in the case that independent concerns were raised about the school, in which case Ofsted would respond accordingly.
However there is a recent inspection report on the School's Out Club at Honeywell, which was far from flattering.
I agree with you based on our experience, Honeywell is great if your children are bright, self reliant and quite academic. The top pupils are given extra support. The middle ground are pretty much left to get on with it and be average; the challenged do not receive quite enough support. Also agree that mixing classes around would benefit everyone - parents included ! It does get pretty cliquey and as you say, if neither child nor parent likes/fits in with the clique, it can be a bit miserable at times. Believe me, there are plenty of social climbing parents at Honeywell - not to mention a band of smug parents who relish the fact that they are saving on private school fees. I think the nadir for this was when the school featured in Tatler's list of top state schools - something which the 'egalitarian' headmaster advertised on the school website immediately.
It is what it is, not bad for a state school but as mentioned before, much due to its catchment area.