London schools in The Good Schools Guide

Need to find a school in a London borough?

Finding London SchoolsThere are very many good schools in central and outer London but, with a population of 8.4 million, places at good schools can be in short supply. So how do you get ahead of the crowd? 

Fortunately The Good Schools Guide is on hand to help. We have considerable data on almost all London schools and we have visited, researched and reviewed many of the good independent and state schools in London. 

We can also offer you our Good Schools Guide Advice Service - a consultancy service which gives you your own GSG advisor who will work with you to find the London school place you want for your child. Contact us: or 0203 286 6824.

What The Good Schools Guide can offer London parents

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Reviewed schools Our selection of reviewed schools is a personal one - based on information from our team of London editors, parents and moles - designed especially to help you make the right choice (see below).

Special school reviews A number of special schools (and mainstream schools with good provision for children with a range of special needs) are reviewed. The reviews appear on this website but not all appear in the printed guide.

SEN Survey Thousands of mainstream and special schools have completed our detailed SEN questionnaire. Feedback is given on the individual school pages. If you are a subscriber you will also have access to SEN data.

Exam results Subscribers gain unlimited access to detailed KS2, GCSE and A-level examination results. Fully analysed - results go beyond the headline stats and schools' marketing spin.

University statistics We provide the ultimate in uni stats. We publish detailed results of which universities, and what courses, pupils go on to (for almost all senior schools). 

Entry and exit schools Our write ups mention which schools – state and private - pupils come from and where they go on to. Our website data gives this information for all state schools

Catchment maps These show the areas around each state school where recent successful applicants live.

How good is a school for my child? Even good schools are not necessarily great for all children. Our examination of value-added data helps you pin-point which schools are good for the brightest, the average child and the less able. We also have detailed subject information which indicates the subjects that individual schools excel at (and those that 'could do better)'. 

All these features are available to subscribers. A one month subscription to The Guide costs £9.99.



Schools we review in inner and outer London

We provide data for virtually all London schools, and review a selection of the best. Our new print guides to London North and London South include:

We review almost 400 schools within the M25


  • 89 independent senior schools - 15 of which have boarding facilities •  58 state secondary schools • 190 state junior or independent fee-paying prep schools • Our website features reviews of a further 14 special schools in London 
  • Approx 100 independent senior schools
  • 60+ state secondary schools
  • 200+ state junior or independent fee-paying prep schools


London Schools and colleges

For reviewed schools - uncover:

  • What the head is really like.
  • How to get in - and where pupils go on to when they leave.
  • What's really on offer - both in and out of the classroom.
  • The facilities, frippery and finery to be found - or not!
  • The atmosphere - who will the school REALLY suit?
  • The funding you'll need, plus info on the financial health of the school.
  • Our opinion. What parents think, what we've uncovered...
  • And, for those in need of a little 'extra help', we also review online a number of London based tutor agencies.



    Typical Good Schools Guide reviews of London schools

    Not sure what is in a Good Schools Guide school review?

    Schools are unique and so are our reviews.

    We don't cover all the same information for all schools but normally we write about the Head, give an insight into entry and exit criteria, and discuss academic performance, sports and arts, extracurricular activities, pastoral care - in fact whatever makes the school tick.

    We describe the background and atmosphere, even write about typical parents and what kind of child the school suits (and who it doesn't and of course include our personal remarks and findings. Schools are asked to check for factual inaccuracies and update factual changes but in all other respects 'The editor's decision is final.' This doesn't always please schools but it delights parents!


    London Boroughs

    Living in one London borough does not preclude your children from attending school in another borough so you may wish to extend your search beyond your immediate local authority (LA). 

    Barking & Dagenham Barnet Bexley Brent
    Bromley Camden City of London City Of Westminster
    Croydon Ealing Enfield Greenwich
    Hackney Hammersmith & Fulham Haringey Harrow
    Havering Hillingdon Hounslow Islington
    Kingston Upon Thames Lambeth Lewisham Merton
    Newham Redbridge Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames
    Southwark Sutton Tower Hamlets Waltham Forest









    How do I search for London Schools?

    Search for London schools


    Use our 'Find a School' search to locate schools in, or near to, London that meets your criteria. You can search for all schools,  or just those reviewed by the Good Schools Guide team. Search by distance from a postcode or town or within a local authority. 

    Don't forget to select the local authorities that are of interest to you. You can even limit your search to include only those schools reviewed by The Good Schools Guide - simply select 'In Good Schools Guide' = 'Yes'.

    A GSG School indicates schools reviewed in The Guide. We carry lots of information on all London schools including detailed examination results and performance analysis. However, only schools with the symbol shown have been visited and reviewed by The Good Schools Guide team.


    How we help you delve beyond the headline hype

    The ideal state schoolOn this site you will find a wealth of information to help you uncover and choose the right school for your child.

    We have an extensive search facility - simply enter your criteria to locate potential schools. Use 'My Schools' to save your short list of schools. You have to be registered to use my schools. If you are registered AND a subscriber you can not only save your preferred schools but analyse and compare them too...



    How do I compare the schools that I have shortlisted?

    A school may have good results overall but not actually perform well in all subjects or for all children.

    Performance between schools varies tremendously, importantly it can even vary within a school. Some schools excel in Chemistry, yet fall short of the mark in maths. GCSE performance may be superb but A-level fail to make the grade. Subscribers to this website can use our extensive data to find how English state (and senior independent) schools compare overall and in chosen subjects and subject combinations.

    Value added GCSE graph

    If you're a subscriber to the Good Schools Guide (GSG) online** you can use our in-depth data to delve behind superficial league tables, to view charts such as the ones above. To find out how well a school* is likely to do for YOUR child - whatever their ability - even if they have special needs. We even show you which universities pupils go on to and what courses they take. 

    ** A subscription costs £9.99 for one month. With competition for the best schools hotting-up, there's never been a better time to buy. Can you afford not to?

    *We have data for English state and independent schools but not for independent prep schools.



    Short of time? Confused? Is finding the ideal school a struggle?

    Why not consult the experts at The Good Schools Guide advice services.


    or telephone +44 (0)203 286 6824. 

    Consultants can advise on UK schools, overseas schools and university choices. Our trusted consultants are available year round (and at short notice), to give you the individual help and advice your child deserves at competitive rates.  


    Searching for the right school? Agonising over the options?

    The Good Schools Guide online subscription gives you:

    • Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of 1,200 schools in the UK.

    • Easy to digest exam data for English schools.
    • Interactive catchment area maps.
    • Exclusive university admissions results for every school and university course.
    • Articles giving comprehensive advice* on state and independent schools, tutors and special needs.
    • The ability to save a list of possible schools and compare their results and performance

    Subscribe to the Good Schools Guide. Only £9.99 for one month.

    Or buy one of these books

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    As well as reviews of 325 state and private schools in London boroughs, it includes pen portraits of all the boroughs and their best state schools, information on how the British schooling system works, how to get into a good state school and much more.

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    "It is highly opinionated: the only guide that offers parents a genuine flavour of what a school is like." The Daily Telegraph


    Next steps

    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.


    Further readingFor those new to the process:

    From Embryo To Eighteen - How To Survive The Education Highway

    Coming Into The British School System From Abroad

    Sussing Out Independent Schools And Horses For Courses

    Choosing A School For A Talented Child


    For those visiting schools:

    School Open Evenings

    Questions To Ask Staff When Visiting A School

    Questions To Ask When Visiting A School - Academic Matters

    Questions To Ask When Visiting A School - Financial Factors

    Questions To Ask  When Visiting A School - Beyond the Classroom

    Visiting A School - Questions For Pupils


    For those contemplating the admissions process:

    Independent School Admissions - It's Not Just Ability To Pay 

    Independent School Admissions - Insider Information On Getting In

    Mix And Match State And Private Education

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