The best decision we've made as a family is to send our children to our local primary school, Thornhill, in Islington. I'm continually surprised by how much better it is in every way to the rural faith primary I attended many years ago. The teaching is dynamic and creative and my eldest has flourished both socially and academically without in any way being pushed to beyond his natural inclinations. I am sure that my two younger ones, who've only recently started, will do as well as he has. The teachers and head seem genuinely passionate about helping all children reach their potential. It is exciting for me, born and bred in the sticks, to have such an easy way to become involved in my community.
I can see the back of the school and hear the sound of the children in the playground as I write. It seems odd to use the word 'decision' to describe sending your children to the excellent - and free - school on your doorstep, but it felt like a huge choice at the time. We are the only people in our street to have opted for this, with others choosing to travel large distances to schools with poorer resources and to pay for this pleasure. I am used to seeing a look of surprise when I give my answer to that frequently asked question 'where do your children go to school?'. I'm grateful to the LSN for all their hard work and for this opportunity to praise Thornhill.