Not a dilemma, just a discussion: Being nosey and having time on my hands I visited two open evenings - middle school. Shiny School is quite large. Everything is new. Average age of staff 25. Class sizes - 29. Pupils were on show but did not talk to prospective parents. Ofsted good. Books in library in perfect condition. When asked about outdoor learning the young teacher burst into giggles and laughed in a prospective parent's face and said 'no my kids prefer to watch Netflix as a treat' They often team teach in classes of 60. Head teacher looks a right snide. Scruffy School is half the size. Older staff many of whom have been teaching 20+ years. Everything is old and quite tatty. Class sizes - 20. Pupils showed the prospective parents around and chatted about the school. When asked about outdoor learning the pupil enthused about a project which they had performed for a certain subject which had taken place outside and it had all been filmed - apparently it was fantastic. She also casually pointed out the gardens where gardening club grow their own flowers and vegetables. She also accidentally went off script and showed parents 'the cooler' and explained how poor behavior was dealt with. (Shiny school either don't have a cooler or don't have poor behavior - staff didn't mention it). Books in the library old and well read. Reading time is an integral part of the day. Rewards and sanctions are also widely used. Ofsted good but has been RI in the past, up and down. Head teacher looks a right B. He prides himself on behavior management and turning the school round. Shiny school's SATs results are 3% better than scruffy school's. Is this a big difference? Both are above the national average. Which school would you choose to work in? Which school would you choose to send your child to?