We have a child in reception at Ravenstone and we absolutely love the school. Lots of reasons but the main ones are:
The Head has high aspirations for all the children. This was critical for us, and we love the real sense of excitement about learning generated by the school. He is also really strong on ensuring best practice and evidence-based approaches are brought into teaching on a day to day basis, and on keeping his eye on how this positively impacts results and learning.
Alongside that we love that the school values include happiness, kindness and honesty. The school has a real focus on children's well being and supporting them to become world-ready as well as test-ready.
Mr Croft (The Head) is absolutely amazing, I don't know where he finds the energy from. He has an inspiring leadership style, and seems to be able to both support and challenge his teaching team, and bring out the best in them. This approach seems to filter down to how they work with the children. I love the traditional school building, and resourcing and equipment seems good, although one of Mr Croft's current projects is revamping the main playground area. There is some info on the website (https://www.ravenstoneschool.co.uk/for/ ... velopment/
We visited several local schools, all twice, and also considered private. Ravenstone stood out for us as somewhere that our child would be stretched and supported academically but also have the space to grow and develop and be themselves, and think about how to apply their learning and what it would mean for the future.
Rutherford House also seems like a great school though so whatever your choice/outcome we are all pretty lucky to live in an area with such a strong choice of schools!