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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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Featured articles

Pupils at Radley College planting trees

Sustainability in schools
We look at how schools are developing sustainability initiatives and whether parents looking for a school should prioritise those with good green credentials.
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Brighton College

What's the right smartphone policy?
Evidence is mounting of the harmful effects on children of smartphone usage. Daisy Greenwell, smartphone campaigner, tells parents what to ask at school.
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Pupils of Keswick School paddleboarding on The Lakes

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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Dartmoor, Devon

The best schools in Devon
Whether a move to Devon is on the cards for your family or you're already living there, our new parents' guide to the best schools in the county is essential reading.
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Overhead view of a girl revising at home at a desk

9 essential tips for A level parents
If your child's about to sit their A levels you'll know that revision, study leave and looming exams create a unique atmosphere at home. What can parents do to help?
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Pupils and teacher at Aysgarth School engage in a nerf gun battle

What type of boarding suits your child?
Gone are the days of boarders staying in school for weeks and months at a time. 21st century boarding changes shape to suit the pupil and their family.
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The Autism Show

London North and South Guides - 8th Edition - £25.00+p&p

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Boarding Schools from The Good Schools Guide

Boarding Schools from The Good Schools Guide: £40+p&p

All the latest details and trademark candid reviews of the UK’s top boarding schools. Now available. 

☑ More than 360 schools for children aged between 7-18
☑ Preps, independent secondaries and state boarding schools
☑ Academic and money matters
☑ Head teacher profiles
☑ Pastoral care, well-being and atmosphere
☑ Extra-curricular activities, games, the arts
☑ Entrance and exit information

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The 22nd edition of The Good Schools Guide

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Over 1,200 in-depth reviews of leading private and state schools, for children aged 3-18, in the UK. These cover everything you want, and need, to know about a school and you won't find this level of independent, honest detail anywhere else. Reviews are written by parents, for parents, to help you find the best school for your child. Need exam performance data? Hey that's what the subscription is for, find data for every school in the UK online.

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