I think it totally depends on the atmosphere of the town and school and your involvement too. I grew up small primary school, probably 30 odd kids and my year of 7 was the largest group. I was bullied and didn't quite fit in even though our parents had all grown up together, we played sports together on weekends, my mum was involved in the school and socialised together I just was the outsider. So when it came time for high school my mum sent me elsewhere alone and I had a much better time. We are regional and have about 4 public schools in town to choose from. Everyone has been saying choose this one but it has almost 1000 children while the school near us had only about 350, without any negative reviews(there are negatives for the other schools so we kept our choices to these two). I can't fathom a school so big so we are going with the smaller school.