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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.

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