FAQs From Schools
I am the head of a school. How can I organise for one of your writers to visit us?
The Good Schools Guide is an independent guide (we do not charge schools for their entries). The choice of schools for The Guide is a personal one, based on recommendations of parents and others who know the schools well. We periodically review schools included in The Guide and reconsider those schools not currently included but on the 'suggested list' to see if they should be added.
We welcome comments on any schools from anyone but especially value those from current and recent parents of the school.
How can I raise the profile of my school on The Good Schools Guide website?
Regardless of whether we have reviewed a school for The Guide, there is a login and password available for every school. Armed with the login and password, you can:
- Keep the essential school details up to date. Include open day dates, fees (if applicable), website address and so much more.
- Add a self-portrait for the general public to see. Do take a paragraph or two to let parents know about your school and what makes it special
- Features - if you have a golf-course, offer the IB, are an Ofsted outstanding school, Crested registered etc then make sure you tell parents by checking the appropriate boxes on the feature stab.
- Gifted/Talented and SEN - parents are very keeen to know what schools offer for children. Our SEN survey has space for you to write about the provision in your school and a simple tickbox section which is linked to search. Parents see your responses in full and of course it raises your profile when they search.
- Add a photo. We know parents love to see school pics. Once you are logged in, images are quick and easy to upload. We even display the image in search results - a great way to make sure your school stands out from the crowd!
If you do not already know your login and password contact firstname.lastname@example.org from a recognised school email address. And remember, there is no charge to schools for this.
My school does not appear to be listed. How do we get a listing?
We endeavour to include all Department for Education schools and UK independent schools (or equivalent) in the UK that cater for 5 or more children aged 5 - 19. If for any reason a recognised school isn't listed please email email@example.com so we can rectify the situation.
How much does a listing cost?
Nothing. We do not charge schools for listings or reviews.
We looked at completing the on-line SEN survey but it seems a bit long. Have you a shortened version?
No, it's long because special needs is a complex area. Just fill in the bits that apply; 3000+ schools have already done so. It's tough being a parent, it's tougher still when a child has SEN - the more you include, the more you help parents. (They get to see the survey in full and the tick-boxes link to the search facility).
If you don't want to complete all the tick-boxes just complete the first part where we ask you to describe provision for children with SEN (and those who are gifted and talented). The SENCo is often the ideal person to complete the questionnaire which can be updated at any time. (As with the basic details, we recommend schools check their entry at least once every year).
My school has a new website and email address. Can they be added to the school's page?
Yes, either use the login and password provided by us to schools or email schoolsdesk@goodschoolsguide with any updated details. We are always pleased to receive updates - they help us to help parents.
If we submit changes to our information will it appear on-line immediately?
No, all changes are viewed by an administrator before being accepted (this ensures changes are legitimate and free from typos etc). Factual changes and updates are welcome at any time and, except at busy periods and weekends, should appear within 24 hours (after which time you are free to submit additional changes). Schools reviewed in The Guide may comment on our opinions but 'The Editor's decision is final'.
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