I must say I was concerned by the first few posts, but it seems to have balanced now.
For what it's worth, our (eldest) daughter is at RHS and is doing really well. Very happy.
We are very happy with the level of teaching and the school in general.
All this stuff about cliques sounds a bit silly really. It's a new school - been open for a month - and parents are starting to meet and get to know one another.
It seems to me, from looking around this site and checking out schools last year, that the choice of a school is very personal. The least that can be said for RHS is that it increases the capacity in the area and offers a new, interesting option. Ideally it will be Outstanding, cause Ravenstone and maybe other schools in the area to raise their game and improve the options for everyone living in the area.
I am not a cheerleader for free schools, but it seems that that's how any new schools have be be set up currently.
The school ethos is still developing IMHO. The reason we went for RHS in the end is that we felt they would be very focussed on doing really well - clearly they have an objective of achieving OFSTED Outstanding. The fact that our DD would be in the first cohort we felt was generally positive - the staff/children ratios will never be higher.
It also happens to be our closest non-faith school - along with Ravenstone which we most likely wouldn't have got in to - something we didn't test as we made RHS our first choice
The building works going on at present is certainly not ideal, however the space currently occupied for classrooms seems fine. Once the works have been completed it should be great - the outside area is quite decent (room for a small playing field and maybe three Tesco garages
) and good, well kitted out common space on the ground floor.
Just to confirm some facts:
The entrance policy is identical to all other non-faith local state primary schools in Wandsworth.
All places were filled this year, but people from a quite wide catchment got in.
It seems obvious that the catchment area will shrink over time, as siblings start to come into play and as the school gets better known. If it means that the catchment for all the local primaries increase a little it will surely increase the chance of local families getting into their preferred school.