You can easily find and compare schools in England on the Gov.uk website. You’ll be able to view and download Ofsted reports, exam and test results, and financial information for each school. To do this, you can search by the name of the school, or input the postcode, town or street.
If you search by the name of the school, you’ll be presented with a summary of the school and lots of information that you’ll need to spend time digesting. You can click on a button to ‘Add to comparison list’, before searching for other schools in the area. Once you’ve added all the schools you’re interested in, you can click on ‘view comparison list.’ This should help you decide which school might be the best for your child, but obviously, you’ll still need to apply and be accepted. Typically, you need to select three schools for your application, if applying for a reception or Year 7 place.
If you search by location, you’ll be presented with a results screen. You can then filter by radius (e.g. within one mile, two miles etc.), education phase (primary, secondary, 16 to 18), school type (e.g. academy, maintained school, independent school), Ofsted rating (outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate), religious character (e.g. no religious character, Church of England, Roman Catholic) and pupil gender (e.g. mixed, girls, boys). Once you see a school you like, you can add it to your comparison list (as above).
If you’re going to be moving to Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, they have their own websites you can use to find and compare schools.