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As we have heard before - and are constantly reminded about around national offer day in March - securing a place at a good state school is a chief concern for parents. As such, gaining a place can be hugely competitive across the country, and London is no exception.

Despite the multitude of good state schools in the capital, there are relatively few that take pupils based on their academic achievements, making the task even harder if parents are looking for a grammar school education. 

But is this the only option? How should parents judge whether a school is 'good' or not, and where should families go to find out about these schools?

Today the experts discuss researching schools in London.

Question: How do we find a good state secondary school for our daughter in London?

I am currently living in North West London and hoping to find my daughter a good secondary school. Are there any good selective state schools in London? I have looked them up on the league tables but have only found a couple. How should I go about finding a good school? I am prepared to travel. Read more

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