Personally, I wouldn't touch Emmaus with a barge pole. Poor teaching, poor leadership, poor attitudes, poor inclusion, and poor ofsted. Wish we'd never bothered.
No school is perfect but some are worse than others. The sad thing is there are a few really good teachers there, but they may as well not bother
I had to remove both my children from there, we moved here a cpl of years ago, my daughter started in reception and my lad in y4. By Easter my little girl had had a breakdown due to bullying by the reception teacher (she's still in counselling and play therapy now, she's in y2!), we had to go all the way to the diocese of hallam, the management just weren't interested. We removed my son a year later due to bullying by a pupils, it didn't get sorted either. The sad thing is this is not a one off, the more I people I spoke to about it, the more people remarked that they knew of other people, or they personally knew others with bad experiences.
We asked a lot about Wybourn, and got many positive reviews. So glad we made that choice. My daughter started there, reduced her teacher to tears because she was hiding under tables and rocking, and asking why she wasn't being shouted at, and being punished everyday. She's now thriving, in fact, they both are, they've gone from low mood, failing children, to happy, florishing, motivated learners.
They are very different in attitude, Wybourn chooses to be an open school, open to parents and also community learning. They offer several courses, and have been training volunteers. They are very inclusive, supportive and have excellent pastoral care. They also offer so much for the children, play workers at lunchtime so no bullying, computer clubs, proud clubs, always good children clubs, shine assembly for good work, class assemblies once a week, lots and lots of positive reinforcement - I can tell you now, Emmaus didn't do any of those things!! And they are all sooo important for healthy minds. They were all about negative reinforcement and not positive.
Emmaus's big pull is that it is the feeder for all saints, Wybourn for park academy. That said, since park became an academy, it too has been recognised as one of the highest acheiving schools in the area, gcse results are up, up to 90% a-c. I'm now considering it as a real possibility, it's out of special measures and into good with outstanding features, strong leadership makes such a difference.
Wybourn has a strong leadership, and positive attitudes to the children and it's parents. They were recently recognised as the highest acheiving school in the area for accomplishing so much in a short space of time. Sats results are excellent, it's a good with outstanding features school. No school is without issues but I know which one I would go for every time!!