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The Good Schools Guide is the UK’s number one school guide, helping parents in every aspect of choosing the best education for their children.

Trusted by parents for over 33 years, the guide includes unbiased and candid school reviews and in-depth articles on education-related issues. It is available in print, online to subscribers or through GSG’s expert consultants.

Uniquely, each school is selected on merit alone. No one can buy their way into the GSG’s good books. And from famous names to local treasures, their writers visit every single school, interview the head, speak to pupils and parents, analyse academic performance and challenge the marketing hype. Result? The fearsomely frank and funny reviews for which they are famous.

Over 1,200 schools are reviewed by GSG. In addition, the GSG website has details of all 30,000+ schools in the UK, plus a wealth of insightful information on virtually all English schools - even if GSG has not visited and reviewed them.

The GSG website also provides a comprehensive collection of advice and education data on state and independent schools, tutors, special needs, university choice and much more. Plus, GSG is known worldwide for its tailor-made advice and support, which involves educational consultants helping individual families as they make important decisions on school choices.

The Good Schools Guide is independent, forthright, well-informed and unbiased, which gives it unique authority and has earned the trust of parents and educational organisations worldwide. 

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The Good Schools Guide 22nd hardback editionGSG reviews more than 1,200 schools, covering state and independent, boarding and day, mainstream and special sectors. If a school is not reviewed in The Guide this does not necessarily mean it is not a good school – GSG selection is a personal one. Moreover, GSG is in the process of gently expanding their coverage to include more good local schools. If you know of one that GSG has missed, or you feel has got wrong, please tell them: it’s parents like you who have made The Guide as good as it is.

GSG write-ups are intended to be portraits of the schools, not inventories of their assets and achievements. The schools’ prospectuses and their websites are the best sources of the factual background.

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