FAQs About Subscribing

Subscription queries answered

The site is free to use but subscriber benefits start from as little as £3.25 per month.

So much information is available free of charge, what are the benefits of subscribing?

If you think our free information is good, wait until you see what subscribers get! By subscribing to The Good Schools Guide (GSG) online you can access our detailed, in-depth and often amusing reviews of approximately 1100 schools we've visited, analysed and investigated (a mix of state schools, private schools and special schools). You can access our extensive schools data, compare schools. examine university data, catchment maps and entry and exit schools plus read informative articles covering everything from choosing a school to what to do should things go wrong.

I emailed you but did not get a response.

We always answer emails that we receive from customers. If you have not received a response within 5 days, please do get back to us. Sadly we are not immune from emails going astray or being eaten by spam filters, for no apparent reason (though we do check spam).


How much does a subscription cost?

Initial annual subscription works out at  just £3.25 per month if purchased as an annual subscription price £39.  A one month introductory subscription costs £9.99


How long does it take for a subscription to be activated?

Once you have received your confirmation invoice (usually within a minute or so of your completed transaction) you will have full access to all the subscriber information. However, you will need to log-out then log-in again. 


I have just bought a subscription but I do not appear to have access. What should I do?

Check that the email you have received says confirmed. If your payment did not go through, or you did not pay, the invoice will say pending. If you have a confirmed payment for a subscription (not the printed guide), log-out then log-in again. If you still do not have subscribed access please contact office@goodschoolsguide.co.uk


We are an army family and need to find a boarding school for our daughter. Do you offer any discounts to members of HM Forces?

Yes. Should you have difficulty obtaining the code from your unit or families federation please contact cs@goodschoolsguide.co.uk 


Do you offer corporate subscriptions?

Yes, in response to requests from a number of organisations, corporate subscriptions are available. Email office@goodschoolsguide.co.uk for a tailor-made package.


How do I know which schools are featured?

On the website we feature basic information on all schools in The UK with 5 or more pupils. For state schools in England we have extensive catchment area information. Where available we have KS2, GCSE and A-level results for all schools whether state or independent. We feature SEN information on some 3000 schools and carry basic details, links to webs and inspection reports as applicable. Some schools carry a 'self-portrait' and comments by parents but not all schools are reviewed by The Good Schools Guide. The majority of these features are NOT available in the printed Good Schools Guide. A further 1100+ schools have detailed reviews as explained below. 


How do I know which schools are reviewed by The Good Schools Guide?

We visit and independently review approximately 1200 schools; these are denoted by the symbol A Good Schools Guide School. The list of schools we cover changes but you can get an up-to-date list using our 'more search features ' (located on 'Find A School' and selecting 'Yes' to in the good schools guide.

Most but not all of these schools will be in the printed version of The Good Schools Guide: some new schools will have been added since we went to press; a few minor schools are web only; only a small number of special schools are featured in the printed Good Schools Guide but the reviews of all those we have visited and like appear online. 


What if I subscribe and then discover the schools I am interested in aren’t featured?

There’s more to a subscription than just the school reviews but if you’re subscribing specifically for this aspect then it is best to check first to see if we have reviewed the schools that interest you; see above. However, many users tell us that reading reviews of featured schools helps them understand how to get under the skin of those we haven’t reviewed. We appreciate feedback on all schools and are delighted that so many of you let us know about schools you visit, whether or not they are in The Guide. Of course, if you are not satisfied with your subscription we will, in most circumstances, offer a full refund. See also Terms & conditions (link found on the footer of each page).


I am having trouble accessing the information I need, where can I go for help?

Our site is updated and checked daily for technical difficulties. However, if you do experience difficulties then contact cs@goodschoolsguide.co.uk. We will endeavour to help as soon as possible.


I have forgotten my password. What can I do?

You should be able to get your password through the automatic password system. If you have difficulties with this system perhaps because your email address has also changed) please contact office@goodschoolsguide.co.uk . If you send an email do feel free to say what you would like your password changing to and give as much information as possible so we can trace you on our systems. 


My question isn't answered here, who can help?

For any query not listed here, for more indepth explanations or for any other concerns, please email cs@goodschoolsguide.co.uk. We look forward to doing our best to help you.

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