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The Good Schools Guide

Helping you make confident choices for your child’s education

Navigating the world of education can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. We visit the best schools, interrogate the heads, speak to pupils and parents and challenge the marketing hype. The result? Impartial, straight-talking and thoroughly researched school reviews, for which we are famous.

We can help you choose the right school for your child. 

What makes The Good Schools Guide unique?

Each school in The Guide is selected on merit alone. Schools cannot pay to be included and have no influence over what we write. We always tell the truth. 

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Harrow School, North West London

'Scholarship to Harrow changed my life'
Winner of a prestigious scholarship, Ostap Stefak, tells his story from modest beginnings to Harvard University thanks to the transformative opportunity at Harrow School
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Pupils at Tiffin School, Kingston

Grammar schools explained
Grammar schools are academically selective state schools and their places are some of the most sought after in the country but are they a free ticket to academic success?
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Marlow in Buckinghamshire

The best schools in Buckinghamshire
Whether a move to Bucks is on the cards for your family or you've already put down roots in the area, our new guide to the county's best schools is essential reading
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Pupils from Godolphin & Laymer School in a Science lesson

Is there a scholarship or bursary for you?
Private schools offer a wide range of financial assistance for pupils who are either especially talented or can demonstrate the need for monetary support.
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Pupils of Keswick School, Cumbria, paddleboarding

State boarding schools
If you think your child would benefit from a boarding school education, but are put off by the high fees, you may find that a state boarding school is the answer. 
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Stamford School, Lincolnshire

Private school system explained
Do you know the difference between public school, private school and independent school? We explain some of the more confusing aspects of private education.
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