How to find the best schools in your area


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It’s very important to give your children the best opportunities in life. This usually starts with finding the right form of education. In order to do this, you’ll want to find the best school within your catchment area. Read on to find out what tools you can use to better your search.

Find and compare schools with Gov.co.uk

Gov.co.uk has a comprehensive search tool that allows you to specifically find schools within your catchment area. To see which is best suited for your child’s needs. The tool will also allow you to create a ‘My Schools’ list to compare different primary and secondary schools.

Not only can you find information such as how many students go on to higher education, but you can also download Ofsted reports and ratings. The information provided is up-to-date, reliable and useful.

The Telegraph’s league table

In July 2019, the Telegraph released a comparative league table that outlines the top 100 primary schools in the UK. You can use it to compare local schools within your area and see which one has the best results. By clicking on a specific school, you can find more details on national standards and what the school is rated for reading, writing and maths.

To gain full access to the information, you will need to subscribe to the service.

Find out more with School Guide

Designed specifically for parents, the School Guide offers a range of useful information on various schools across the UK. To unlock more details, there is a monthly subscription that gives you access to full performance data. Including catchment heat maps, parent reviews and more. However, without having to pay monthly, there are basic details on schools. Simply search for an area or specific school to see how many pupils attend, what national average they have and their Ofsted report.

Seek advice from others

Another great way of finding the perfect school for your child is to ask the neighbours. They will be able to give you first-hand experience of the local schools and provide honest advice about the entire process. It may also be beneficial to visit the school and see for yourself. By taking a look around, you’ll be able to see if the facilities and staff can meet your child’s needs.

Finding the right school for your child doesn’t have to be complicated. There are a number of tools you can use. Reading Ofsted reports, searching online and talking to other parents is a sure way of finding the perfect fit for your family.

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