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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

Monopoly money

THE GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE BLOG
The future of school fees
What will private school fees look like in a few years’ time or longer? If you’re hoping to educate your child privately, you’ll want to know what lies in store.
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Sixth form pupils at Wellington College

THE GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE BLOG
What does good pastoral care look like?
Wellington College has long been considered a leader in the field of pupil wellbeing. We ask them what's the key to good pastoral care in 2024
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The St Marylebone CE School

STATE SCHOOLS
Secondary school appeals
Parents have the legal right to appeal to any of the schools which they listed in their original application. It's a stressful time with few appeals meeting with success.
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The Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells

CHOOSING A SCHOOL
The best schools in west Kent
Whether a move to Kent is on the cards for your family or you're already living there, our new guide to the best schools in the western half of the county is essential reading
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Pupils of Keswick School, Cumbria, paddleboarding

CHOOSING A SCHOOL
School open days
An open day is your chance to get a feel for the school, inspect the facilities and chat with pupils and staff. We've a list of questions to ask and essentials to look out for.
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Stamford School, Lincolnshire

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
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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The Autism Show

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.

‘I love the anecdotes and the independence – I feel as though I’m getting the “real deal”.’ – Parent

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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.

Special offer: free one month subscription to our website (usual price £17.99) when you purchase the book. Subscription will activate on purchase .

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