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 35 years, our guides include impartial and candid school reviews as well as in-depth articles on education-related issues. Our reviews are available in print, online to subscribers or through The Good Schools Guide’s expert consultants.
Uniquely, each school is selected on merit alone. No one can buy their way into The Good Schools Guide’s good books. And from famous names to local treasures, our 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 we are famous.
Some 1,300 schools are currently reviewed. In addition, our website has details of all 30,000+ schools in the UK, plus a wealth of insightful information on virtually all English schools - even if our writers have not actually visited and reviewed them.
The Good Schools Guide website also provides a comprehensive collection of advice and education data on state and independent schools, tutors, special needs, university choice and much more. In addition, our name is known worldwide for tailor-made advice and support given by educational consultants who help 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.
More about the school reviews
The Good Schools Guide reviews 1,300 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 – our editors' selection of schools is a personal one. Moreover, we are in the process of gently expanding our coverage to include more good local schools. If you know of one that has been missed, please let us know: it’s parents like you who have made The Guide as good as it is.
Our 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.