Choosing the right school for your child

September 12, 2023| Archive News, Past Issues

Choosing a school for your child is an important decision. Luckily, we have access to several excellent schools in this area, and Merrow Schools Federation offers some unique advantages.

Merrow Schools Federation comprises our Infant and Junior school. A key driver for federating last year was to ensure the best for our children, staff and community through greater collaboration. In practice this means:

  • We have a shared vision, ‘Together We Grow’, which is rooted in our values of Kindness, Respect, Integrity and Perseverance. ‘Together We Grow’ to flourish as resilient, curious and motivated learners, who have built meaningful relationships and have a positive impact in the world.
  • Our consistent curriculum provision enhances learning for all. We now have a subject lead across both schools to ensure clear progression of knowledge, skills and understanding in all subjects from Reception to Year 6.
  • The best of both worlds with our Infant school providing an excellent Early Years and Key Stage 1 curriculum within a nurturing environment. The Junior school continues with an inspiring curriculum, excellent facilities and a range of opportunities and experiences suited for older children. All children are encouraged to explore their horizons and ensure they are ready to move to their secondary education.
  • We pride ourselves on a smooth and effective transition process that allows the infant children to settle quickly and continue with their learning. The children will have experienced several activities at the Junior school before they start, building familiarity and confidence. We know that this experience serves them really well later in their school life.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what some of our parents had to say:

“I am delighted with my child’s progress and how happy she is at the Infant school. She settled in really well and merrily bounces into school each morning.”
Rachel, Reception Parent

“As soon as we walked through the front door, we could tell that Merrow Infants was the perfect environment for our child starting out at school. And that has continued throughout our time here – a safe, warm hug kind of feeling that runs through the whole school and the staff. And as a result we now have a confident little person, ready to move forward to the Junior school!”
Sarah, Year 2 Parent

“I love all the activities the school organises for the pupils. My son has enjoyed the recent trip he went on to Pierrepont Farm and is really excited about Pizza Express! My older child is really excited about how the residentials build up year on year – the Year 3 Sleepover was a firm favourite!”
Mary, Year 1 and 3 Parent

“Our daughter is moving up to the Junior school this year. She is really excited about it being more grown-up as well as having great sports facilities. Transition has been great with sports, picnics and other activities. She loves being buddied up with a year 6 child who made her a beautiful hand-written welcome leaflet telling her all about the school!”
Deborah, Year 2 parent

“My year 6 child is really looking forward to the added responsibility that comes from being ‘top of the school’. She can’t wait to bond with her Year 2 buddy and is excited about being a sports leader and helping out with the younger children.”
Neil, Year 6 Parent

We’re really proud of our schools and the progress we have already achieved as our Federation takes shape. We welcome visitors throughout the year and look forward to introducing you to our wonderful schools. This is the best way to experience what makes our schools so special and to understand whether it is the right choice for your child.

Our next Open Day is on 4th October. Details can be found on our website: