Skip to main content

Beneath its elegant new exterior The Good Schools Guide website is bursting with facts, figures and feisty opinions on all aspects of education. In addition to the 1,100 witty, informative reviews – written by parents, for parents – there are statistical data (pupil numbers, exam results, university destinations, qualifications from BTEC to Pre-U) and much more. Whether you’re a wordsmith or a number cruncher, there’s something for everyone. To help you get the most out of what our website has to offer we’ve put together a brief guide:

School search tool

You can either put in the name of a school or else specify a location and search for schools in or around it.

School searchDistance

Our advice is to be realistic. A journey of 20 miles on a motorway may take less time than one mile in a built-up area. The Pupils and parents section of our reviews gives an idea of the distances people travel and the school transport that is (or isn’t) available.

Select by Local Authority

You can search local authorities across England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland.

Age range

Use the slider to find schools within a specific age range.

Type

There are lots of schools out there so here’s where you can narrow things down. If you leave the boxes unchecked all types of school in your chosen area will be shown.

Sixth form gender

Some girls’ schools take boys in the sixth form and vice versa.

Good Schools Guide

If you check this box your search will only display schools that have been reviewed by us.

We aim to review as many senior schools as we can but primary and prep schools are so numerous that we can’t include them all. For schools that do not have reviews we include basic information, links to websites and the latest inspection report, plus statistical information such as GCSE and A level results (under Data).

Advanced

Refine your search to include, for instance, religious affiliation, specialisations such as music or performing arts or even niche sports such as polo or shooting.

Your search results

The schools that appear are listed in order of proximity to the location you have specified. Click on Find out more to bring up further information, including a summary of the school, exam results (under Data), SEN, a map of the local area, our review (if it’s a GSG School) and more.

Add to my schools enables you to save a ‘basket’ of schools and you can use Add to compare to see how one school relates to another for exam results and other factors.

SEN

Schools fill in an SEN questionnaire each year detailing the provision they offer. The questionnaire replies are fully searchable under SEN. Education for children with special needs may be provided in mainstream classes in mainstream schools, in special classes in mainstream schools or in special schools. Special schools cater for students who have special educational needs (SEN) owing to learning difficulties, physical disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, or behavioural problems.

Finding the right school for your child is not always easy but The Good Schools Guide can help. Our aim is to guide parents through the sometimes bewildering but always fascinating diversity of state and independent education.

by

by

Related articles


  • Subscribe to the Good Schools Guide

    Insant access to: independent reviews of 1,100 schools in the UK, easy to digest exam data for English schools, interactive catchment area maps,  comprehensive advice on state and independent schools, tutors and special needs.   'The Good Schools Guide school reviews are communicative, interesting, appropriately humorous and reflect an opinion. Well done to you.' - A parent  "the guide regarded as the bible for middle-class school choice" THE GUARDIAN 

  • The Good Schools Guide online subscription

    Find the best school for your child. Subscribe for one month for £15 (£0.49 per day) Subscribe for three months for £36 (£0.41 per day) Subscribe for six months for £60 (£0.33 per day) Subscribe for one year for £105 (£0.29 per day) Register for instant access to: ☑ Search for more than 30000 schools in our parent friendly interactive directory. ☑ Create and save lists of schools via My Schools. ☑ Use our comparison grid to get an exam results overview of schools you are interested in. ☑ Find comprehensive advice on state and independent schools, tutors and special…

  • Questions to ask when visiting a school - academic matters

    Don't rely on league tables  - look beyond the headlines. Check-out our detailed analysis of results for English state schools to uncover how well a school does for a child like yours. Whether the most able, least able or Annie Average, what matters is how enthusiastic the school is about teaching and developing a child.

  • Exams update

    The revised primary national curriculum started in 2014. English involves more focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar, including mastery of the subjunctive and semi-colons, plus the ability to spell 200 complex words such as controversy, environment, conscience and mischievous, by the end of key stage 2. It also include the use of formal spoken English, to be developed through, eg, poetry reciting.

  • What school league tables do not tell you

    League tables have caused a lot of agony and misunderstanding. As raw statistics, they are more or less meaningless. You will observe, for a start, that results swing wildly according to which newspaper you happen to look at. Among other things they don’t tell you: the pupils’ IQs, school policy, examinations taken or quality of education overall.


Subscribe for instant access to in-depth reviews, data and catchment:

Comprehensive catchment maps for English state schools inc. year of entry.
 School exam results by subject and performance GCSE, Alevel or equivalent.
 Which schools pupils come from and go onto.
 Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of more than 1,100+ schools.
 Overall school performance by GCSE, Alevel or equivalent.
 School data comparison by A/B weighted, relative success and popularity.
 Compare schools by qualities and results.
 Independent tutor company reviews.

Try before you buy - The Charter School Southwark
 

The Good Schools Guide subscription

 GSG Blog >    In the news >

Newsletter

Educational insight in your inbox. Sign up for our popular newsletters.

This month 'Breducation'


The Good Schools Guide: Boarding Schools. Our newest book, available now - boarding for the 21st century.