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A. How to find a school

  1. Summary tab
  2. Features tab
  3. Data tab
  4. Review tab
  5. Local data tab
  6. Catchment tab

B. About The Good Schools Guide
C. The Good Schools Guide Educational Consultants
D. Special Educational Needs
E. Tutors
F.  Uni in the USA
G. The Good Schools Guide International


How to find a school

Beneath its elegant 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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Summary tab - an overview of the school including:

  • Address
  • Telephone
  • Website
  • Email
  • School type : Mainstream / State / Special
  • Pupil age and pupil numbers
  • Boarding
  • Religion
  • Ofsted link (if applicable)
  • ISI link (if applicable)
  • Snapshot of The Good Schools Guide review (if applicable)
  • The schools self-portrait
  • Parent comments

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Features tab - school specialisms including:

  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • International Baccalaureate: diploma
  • International Baccalaureate: middle years
  • International Baccalaureate:primary years
  • Choir school
  • International Study Centre
  • Music and dance scheme
  • Performing arts specialist school
  • Montessori school
  • Round Square
  • State boarding school
  • State grammar school
  • Steiner school
  • Equestrian centre or equestrian team
  • Fencing
  • Polo
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Unusual sports

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Data tab - exam data, performance measures and entry/exit information.

What data is used?

All these measures are based on the past three years' results combined (2012, 2013, 2014), to give greater stability. KS2 data is available for English state junior schools, GCSE and A level data for English senior schools. Please note that the results of exams taken in June 2015 are not available until the following year, and so are unlikely to be reflected in these tables until the end of February 2016.

Overall school performance

KS2 (aged 7-11)

  • Percentage of level 4 or more in maths
  • Points per pupil - the average points score is calculated by assigning each level a certain number of points – Level 2 or below is 15, Level 3 is 21, Level 4 is 27, Level 5 is 33 and Level 6 is 39. Totals are then divided by the number of pupils sitting the tests to provide an average. Pupils are expected to reach level 4.
  • Value added - how well individual pupils do at Key Stage 2 relative to their academic attainment when they began that stage of their education (ie at Key Stage 1 for Key Stage 2). This way of assessing pupils' performance takes into account factors such as ethnic and social background.

GCSE (aged 14-16)

  • Percentage with > 4 A* to C GCSE grades incl Maths & English - the percentage of pupils who achieve more than 4 GCSEs at grade C and above.
  • Value added - how well individual pupils do at GCSE relative to their academic attainment when they began that stage of their education (ie at Key Stage 2 for GCSE). This way of assessing pupils' performance takes into account factors such as ethnic and social background.
  • Points per pupil - a measure of the total volume of exams done by pupils, combined with their success.

A level (aged 16-18)

  • Average point score per entry - indication of the average points achieved at an institution.
  • Points per pupil - a measure of the total volume of exams done by pupils, combined with their success.

Results by exam and subject

KS2 (aged 7-11)

  • Key Stage 2 - SATs or Standard Assessment Tests taken in year 6.
  • KS2 Teacher assessment - covers English and maths and looks at pupil's performance over a longer period of time.

GCSE (aged 14-16)

  • GCE AS Level - General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Supplementary level
  • VRQ Level 1 - vocationally related qualifications
  • VRQ Level 2 - vocationally related qualifications
  • GCSE - a qualification in a specific subject typically taken by school students aged 14–16, at a level below A level. The equivalent in Scotland is Standard Grade.
  • Cambridge International Certificate

A level (aged 16-18)

  • Extended Project (Diploma) - An Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a qualification equivalent to an A level
  • GCE A level - General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced level
  • GCE AS level - General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Supplementary level
  • Applied GCE A level single award
  • Applied GCE AS level
  • BTEC Certificate level 3 award

Subject results

GCSE (aged 14-16)

  • Free standing Maths Qual Level 3 - FSMQ are qualifications aimed at both pre-16 and post-16 students
  • GCE AS level - General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Supplementary levelGCE AS level
  • GCSE - a qualification in a specific subject typically taken by school students aged 14–16, at a level below A level. The equivalent in Scotland is Standard Grade.
  • Graded Drama Music Lit Speech
  • BTEC
  • VRQ - level 1
  • VRQ - level 2

Data comparison

  • Percentage taking this exam - The actual number pupils taking a subject. All the other measures mean little if they relate to a small number of students, so we bias such results back towards the average.
  • Relative popularity percentage - Subjects which are consistently well taught become popular over time, as pupils gravitate towards them. We measure the popularity of each subject relative to similar schools which offer that subject.
  • Relative success percentage - We compare the performance of pupils in each subject with the grades that they got in all the other subjects that they took.
  • Weighted grade AB Percentage - We weight top results - 3 points for *, 2 for A, 1 for B - and average the result.

A level (aged 16-18)

  • Free standing Maths Qual Level 3 - FSMQ are qualifications aimed at both pre-16 and post-16 students
  • GCE A level - General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced level
  • GCE AS level - General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Supplementary level

Data comparison

  • Percentage taking this exam - the actual number pupils taking a subject. All the other measures mean little if they relate to a small number of students, so we bias such results back towards the average.
  • Relative popularity percentage - subjects which are consistently well taught become popular over time, as pupils gravitate towards them. We measure the popularity of each subject relative to similar schools which offer that subject.
  • Relative success percentage - we compare the performance of pupils in each subject with the grades that they got in all the other subjects that they took.
  • Weighted grade AB Percentage - we weight top results - 3 points for *, 2 for A, 1 for B - and average the result.

Entry/Exit

Where pupils come from and where they go to

  • % of pupils - indicates the percentage of pupils in this school (at the beginning of the Year Group that you have chosen) who came from each of the listed feeder schools.
  • Others - includes all schools who send fewer than 4 pupils each to this one.
  • Unknown - pupils whose previous school is unknown to us. Common reasons include pupils new to the English schools system, pupils who have taken a year (or more) out of school or pupils who previously attended independent schools.

Where a school has several main years of entry - such as year 7 for the main secondary entry and year 12 for entry to sixth form - you will see the school listed as receiving pupils from itself in the later years of entry.

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Review tab

We review more than 1,100 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 selection is a personal one. In any event, we are in the process of gently expanding our coverage to include more good local schools. If you know of one that we have missed, or have got wrong, please tell us: it’s parents like you who have made The Guide as good as it is.

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SEN tab - special educational needs provision

  • ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Aspergers
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
  • CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia English as an additional language (EAL)
  • Genetic Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
  • Has SEN unit or class
  • HI - Hearing Impairment Mental health
  • MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
  • MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Natspec Specialist Colleges Other
  • SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
  • PD - Physical Disability
  • PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
  • SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
  • SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty Special facilities for Visually Impaired
  • Visual Impairment

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Catchment tab - catchment is only available for English state schools, independent schools do not have catchment areas.

 

The data is based on actual admissions from the schools years September 2011 – August 2014 inclusive. Data from the school year September 2014 – August 2015 is not yet available.

The Catchment map tab

Instructions for use

  1. Find a school using our 'School search' facility
  2. Select the school from the school list
  3. Click on the 'catchment tab'
  4. Select a school year that the pupils enter the school (e.g. Y7 for secondary schools)
  5. Select a calendar year

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Red - Yellow – Green – Blue

Children get into the school from here:

  • Red: regularly
  • Yellow: most years
  • Green: quite often
  • Blue: infrequently
  • Grey: sometimes, but not in this year

Blank areas indicate that no pupils got into the school from here in the last three years. This can be blind chance, or accommodation not occupied by children, hence blank areas surrounded by red or green.

Caveat

Catchment areas can and do change. Living in catchment one year does not guarantee admission to a school in future years. Always check with the school's own admissions authority for the current admissions criteria. Admissions criteria may include, but is not exclusive to: siblings, faith, ability, distance from school, SEN.

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Local area tab - local property information

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