Hello there. Here is my first post on NappyValleyNet - I have joined specially to reply to this series of posts!
First off I must confess that I am a governor at John Burns school, and feel I should declare this when commenting on JB.
JB has many strengths and as many others have commented above it gets great results, so I won't dwell on that (though academic achievement is of course core to what schools are for). Aside for the academic record of JB, what made it stand out to myself and my wife when we were choosing a place for our eldest son was the fun yet calm and inclusive nature of the school, and the imaginative teaching used to inspire pupils. I feel the wonderful atmosphere for learning at JB is partly why at the beginning of last term JB was awarded level 2 (the highest level) of the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award.
I thought I'd also mention that JB structure some of their lessons (including phonics and maths) so that pupils of similar abilities are taught together in groups, and when a child is exceptional they may even be moved to a group consisting of pupils from the year above.
The outdoor space is really great at JB, and I'm sure this helps my energetic little boy burn off some energy and be more focused in class. We have no plans to expand our entry or convert space from outdoor use, on the contrary we are working to become a Forest School, for which outdoor play is central.
I could say so much more, but will stop here to save pixels. All, please do feel free to contact me via NappyValleyNet for any other information on JB. I would be more than happy to assist.
In reference to the title of the original post - I do think we at JB are not very vocal when singing its praises, so I thought I'd start here