Juniors and Infants can be very different experiences. From what I remember of the schools, this is a bit of a humble brag. Take the place.
Would you be willing to say what you didn't like about Harris Philip Lane? I am doing the rounds over the next few weeks.
Yes, it pretty good. I like the fact that its the hub of the community and that kids from many different backgrounds all mix well and are happy and safe.
If this is your nearest school then I would put it as your first choice regardless. It makes life easier for your child, and you as a parent, for a number of reasons.
Yes I agree with everything Justin says here. Although my children went to Chestnuts and were very happy there. I did like the diversity. It helps to get involved if you can, I know the PSAs at the local schools always need more volunteers.
I read something recently saying Ofsted are going to change their focus away from basing their ratings only on the year 6 sats and looking at the effectiveness of the school as a whole. I really hope this happens because my daughter had a miserable year 6 last year.
Like Justin, I would try not to worry too much about primary level education.
I also agree with Justin and Julie's points but would emphasise that local schools are best for children's friendship groups as well parent/carer friendship and support groups which can include anything from playdates to sleepovers etc (apologies for the terminology)
It's not meant to belittle your concerns, it is an ongoing process when you have children; even looking at post A Level choices is anxiety inducing!