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If you think our free information is good, wait until you see what subscribers get! By subscribing to the Good Schools Guide (GSG) online you can access our detailed, in-depth and often amusing reviews of over 1,000 schools we've visited, analysed and investigated (a mix of state schools, private schools and special schools). You can access our extensive schools data, compare schools, catchment maps and entry and exit schools, plus read informative articles covering everything from choosing a school to what to do should things go wrong.

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On the website we feature basic information on all schools in The UK with five or more pupils. For state schools in England we have extensive catchment area information. Where available we have KS2, GCSE and A level results for all schools, whether state or independent. We feature SEN information on some schools and carry basic details, links to webs and inspection reports as applicable. Some schools carry a 'self-portrait', and some feature comments by parents. The majority of these features are NOT available in the printed Good Schools Guide. A further 1,000+ schools have detailed reviews, as explained below. 

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We visit and independently review over 1,000; the list of schools we cover changes but you can get an up-to-date list using our 'more search features ' (located on 'Find a School' and selecting 'Yes' to In the Good Schools Guide.

Most, but not all, of these schools will be in the printed version of The Good Schools Guide: some new schools will have been added since we went to press; only a small number of special schools are featured in the printed Good Schools Guide, but the reviews of all those we have visited and like appear online. 

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There’s more to a subscription than just the school reviews, but if you’re subscribing specifically for this aspect then it is best to check first to see if we have reviewed the schools that interest you; see above. However, many users tell us that reading reviews of featured schools helps them understand how to get under the skin of those we haven’t reviewed. We appreciate feedback on all schools and are delighted that so many of you let us know about schools you visit, whether or not they are in The Guide. Of course, if you are not satisfied with your subscription we will, in most circumstances, offer a full refund. See also terms & conditions.

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