Find A School, Save And Compare
Need to search for schools, locate schools, compare them, find the best? We can help. Use Find a School (right-hand-side) of most web pages) to quickly locate schools of interest.
If you are not sure which school, or where, try our
30,000 schools at your fingertips...
A remarkable search that lets you:
- Choose location
- Decide the distance you are prepared to travel.
- Limit to one local authority, choose a few or include all.
- Boarding or day or include both.
- Type of school - include only independent or only state or keep your options open by choosing to include both.
- Mainstream or special schools (for children with special educational needs) or include both.
- Select religions - multiple selections available.
- Girls, boys and/or coed?
- Ages -junior or senior? Or find schools that include the ages you require via the Adv Age tab.
- Reviewed? Select in Good Schools Guide - Yes - if you only want to include schools we have visited and independently reviewed.
- IB? Find schools that offer the IB or have other features such as: CReSTeD accreditation, Ofsted outstanding, play polo etc.
Displaying your selections
See your results:
- On a map and as a list
The map will display the schools listed. If you view 10 schools it will show the 10 schools, 40 schools it will show those 40 etc.
Don't worry about remembering which schools you have found - as long as you are logged in, you can simply save any schools of interest to My Schools. Schools in pink are reviewed by The Good Schools Guide - white ones are not.
About the school list view
If a distance shows it is the distance from the location you chose.
Reviewed = This school has been independently reviewed by The Good Schools Guide. Reviews are available to view if you are an online subscriber. The majority of reviews also feature in the printed guide.
Special Needs = This school has completed our SEN survey - it does not necessarily cater for special needs. The school's responses to the SEN survey are found on the SEN tab on the individual school pages.
Find out more = Click to go to the school's page on our website.
+My Schools = Save this school to one of my 'My School' lists - or create a list if you haven't already done so (se below).
Save schools - no need to write down your school choices...
Create, store, view and compare* schools in your own online 'My Schools' account
- Create, view and store is free to do and easy to use...
- But you must register with us - it's free. (*You must be a paying subscriber to compare schools).
Simply follow these simple steps:
- Register/ log in if you haven't already done so
- Search for schools according to your personal criteria (see above)
- Click on the + My Schools button - for any school in list view or visit any school page and select from there (more below).
Creating 'My Schools' lists
More than one child? Searching different areas?
If you want multiple lists of schools - simply create a new list via "Addt" and save the school to one, or more, of your lists.
Remember to give each new list a unique name.
You can add a school to as many of your My School lists as you like - simply click on the relevant list(s).
Once added it's easy to remove a school as the +add becomes remove! And of course you can add the school to any of your lists.
You can also save a school to 'My Schools' from each individual school page
Simply click on the My Schools button and add to as many of your lists as you like. Or start a new list by entering a new name at the foot of your lists. To see any of your school lists click on view.
Or at anytime by clicking on the 'My Schools' tab (right hand side) on the home page, just above the 'Find A School' box. "My Schools" becomes "My Saved Schools' once you are logged in and have created lists.
Comparing Schools - not all schools are equal!
You've found schools of interest and saved them to my schools why not compare them?
Please note, only subscribers can compare schools. A subscription costs just £9.99 for one month or £39 for one year (equivalent to only £3.25 a month). Click to subscribe
In the diagram above the 'Primary" schools in the created 'My Schools' list are being compared with each other.
There are lots of measures to choose from but we chose
- Measure 1 - Average value added to pupils with SEN (we tend to find schools that do well by children with SEN do well by others too)'
- Measure 2 - The percentage that achieve level 5 in key stage 2 tests.
Who does best? The school represented by the red dot (top RHS) has great value added and lots of kids getting level 5. When comparing schools simply hover over the dots to see which school each dot represents.
There are lots of other measures to compare them by - we think you'll be surprised by some of the results - even from schools that others say are good. Simply click on the arrows of the 'Measure' boxes to select the ones that matter to you.
If schools have GCSE or A level results the tabs for GCSE and A level will appear. Choose the level GCSE or A level and the measures that are important to you.
The diagram below shows four top boarding schools being compared by two 'top measures' - The percentage getting A*, A or B at A level, Pre U or IB (weighted so an A* carries more weight than a B) and the percentage that would qualify for Cambridge (not all subjects are acceptable to Cambridge - a child studying Drama, PE and psychology may find their A levels are not on the list that Oxford and Cambridge will accept).
Two tough measures to separate the very best:
The schools in the diagram all record good results. The school represented by the yellow dot (top right) leads the way - the best? The best by these measures but look carefully at entry criteria too - some schools have more exacting entry requirements than others. It could be that the seemingly weaker schools are actually squeezing more out of their students and adding greater value. For many schools we have value added measures and if a school is reviewed by us we give a clear steer on any entry requirements.
Important note - You can compare English senior schools and English state junior schools - comparison facilities are not available for schools outside of England nor for English infant, prep and pre-prep schools. Value-added is data is not available for independent schools but we do use our own measures for GCSE to A level.
You can compare senior schools by subjects too*
We chose two A level subjects, economics and politics and compared them using our very own Wow factor which combines other measures such as popularity, relative success and the grades recorded. This time a different school scores best. When comparing schools simply hover over the dot to reveal which school is represented by each dot.
* Only subscribers can compare schools. A subscription costs just £9.99 for one month or £39 for one year (equivalent to only £3.25 a month). Click to subscribe and start comparing schools instantly!
Removing Schools From 'My Schools'
You can remove an entire list of schools by clicking on delete (don't worry you will be prompted that this will delete all).
Or you can remove a school from an individual list when you view schools (simply click on the remove button for that school when you view the list).
If you are on a school page and that school is already added to your My Schools list you can remove it there too, simply click on the "-My schools" button.
Viewing your saved 'My Schools'
You can view all your schools or select just one of your lists by clicking on the 'View; button of an individual list or of all schools in all lists by clicking on View for 'All Schools' .
Once you have created lists and saved schools to 'My Schools' you can easily access 'My Schools' at any time, via any web page. Simply select 'My Schools' (located below 'Shop Online and above the 'Find A School' box). Repeated schools simply show where a school is included in multiple lists.
We have a whole series of articles and advice to help you every step of the way; whether tentatively embarking on choosing a school, or part way through the school choice process.
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