It turns out that it was in the Guardian's Let's move to.. series last month.
Alas comments on that page are closed, otherwise I would be saying, yes, it was a surprise how good it is. We did get somewhere just off London Road (the old A1 – fortunately, the bypass dates back to the 1960s). It would be interesting to know why the schools were listed in the order they chose..
More coverage in Scrapheap Orchestra on BBC (on iPlayer until at least Sunday) with the violin-making school featured. The charity shop someone else got the cutlery from is here too.