We’ve been to two visits, the first one is only taking 1 reception class, each person/couple were given a tour by generally great year 6 kid, all the teachers were accessible and engaging. 2nd one we were subjected to a boring powerpoint presentation filled with buzz words by the head teacher and a group tour where we couldn’t really ask questions without being overpowered by other pushy parents. But my wife prefers the 2nd school because it seems more academically rigorous.
Anyhow, our preference doesn’t seem to matter too much since most of the schools around here are likely to be oversubscribed, so we have to put our catchment school (the first one) as first choice so we stand good odds of getting her in there. There is a relatively close school with a big intake that we’re really trying to avoid - labelled “inadequate” by Ofsted. We may even put down a Church of England school (we are foreign atheists) as our 3rd choice just to ensure we’re not stuck there.