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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

Sir Keir Starmer speaking into a microphone while surrounded by school children in uniform in Kettering.

Private schools and VAT
With the general election only days away, we answer your questions on the ramifications of the Labour Party's proposed introduction of a tax on school fees.
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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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Sheets of new £10 notes, feature King Charles III, before they are sliced into separate notes

Exploring bursary means-testing
When families apply for private school bursaries they lay open their finances up for an assessment. We have the inside track on how these assessments actually work.
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Arundel Castle, West Sussex

The best schools in West Sussex
Whether a move to West Sussex 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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Pupls at ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form being coached by drama teacher

9 top schools for drama
School plays a pivotal role in guiding young performers on to greater things. But which schools really excel in nurturing acting talent? We identify a few of our favourites?
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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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London North and South Guides - 8th Edition - £25.00+p&p

No school can buy their way into our good books. Which is why, now in their 8th editions, The Good Schools Guide London North and South are invaluable for parents navigating the fiercely competitive London education system.

Packed to the brim with everything you need to know about the London education scene, the books include the latest advice on school fees, entry requirements and 2022 exam results, academic rigour and, of course, more than 400 impartial, straight-talking and thoroughly researched school reviews for which we are famous.

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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

The Good Schools Guide 22nd Edition with a month's subscription - £60.00+p&p

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

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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