Thank you for your replies. We're about to go back for another look, and my fingers are crossed that we can address some of the issues we had before and put our daughter's mind (and ours) to rest a bit. It's good to hear some positive feedback on the school though, thank you. We must have been very unlucky to have visited and experienced what we did, but we'll have to mention it, because it did not reflect well upon the school.
We've just been to see the school again, and this time it was much more positive. We talked about the incident we witnessed and the horrified looks we were given suggested that it's certainly not an acceptable form of discipline at any time, with or without visitors in the classroom. We were also told that there are going to be changes to the staff by September, suggesting that the person we witnessed shouting at a child would soon be leaving anyway. Miss Hussain appears to be very keen to keep pushing the standards up, and sounds firm but friendly, and the rest of the Early Years team appeared to be very professional, too. We still have a few concerns, but they would only ever be addressed by actually sending our child there and seeing how it goes. On the plus side, the class is smaller than BV, HW or Allfarthing (27 children currently, likely to drop slightly by September apparently), so there's more chance of individual attention, which could be an advantage both academically and emotionally. I just wish there had been more information available about the timetable of what is happening between now and September, because nobody seemed to be able to tell us anything other than that a letter would be sent out next week regarding settling in days, but they couldn't tell us what would be in the letter! In summary, though, I'm no longer scared about sending DD there and feel like she will get on OK, but I do wish that there was better "PR" in terms of clear, concise information available, a prospectus maybe, and an update of the website to give current school information rather than backdated info from 2010 and passages in Latin! It's been next to impossible to find out anything but very basic information on the school, but updating the website to include parent's comments about the school would be really, really helpful for new parents.