I live very near Broomwood Hall so it was top of my list to look at when my eldest was a toddler. At that time I didn't have to pay to go on the tour but I had already paid something to register at birth. I ended up looking round the school 3 times in order to try to like it but I just never had a good feeling about it. I found the headmistress difficult to talk to and quite snooty and I found the other parents slightly intimidating (I live in jeans and birkies and everyone else seemed to dress up for the open morning).
I then went to see Hornsby House and I loved it, it just had a good feeling for me and that is where my children are now and they love it. BTW Hornsby now have hot lunches!
BUT (a big but) I have several good friends, very down to earth and not intimidating, who have children at Broomwood and really like it, although one did comment that she has been asked "Where are you skiing this year?" by a couple of other Broomwood mums.
I hear lots of funny rumours about Broomwood too, they make me laugh but I take them with a big pinch of salt now.
I think all the local independent schools are very good, they probably just suit different people and different children.