Good Schools Guide
The Good Schools Guide is the UK’s number one school guide, helping parents in every aspect of choosing the best education for their children.
Trusted by parents for over 30 years, the guide includes unbiased and candid school reviews and in-depth articles on education-related issues. It is available in print, online to subscribers or through GSG’s expert consultants.
Uniquely, each school is selected on merit alone. No one can buy their way into the GSG’s good books. And from famous names to local treasures, their writers visit every single school, interview the head, speak to pupils and parents, analyse academic performance and challenge the marketing hype. Result? The fearsomely frank and funny reviews for which they are famous.
Over 1,000 schools are reviewed by GSG. In addition, the GSG website has details of all 30,000+ schools in the UK, plus a wealth of insightful information on virtually all English schools - even if GSG has not visited and reviewed them.
The GSG website also provides a comprehensive collection of advice and education data on state and independent schools, tutors, special needs, university choice and much more. Plus, GSG is known worldwide for its tailor-made advice and support, which involves educational consultants helping to individual families as they make important decisions on school choices.
The Good Schools Guide is independent, forthright, well-informed and unbiased, which gives it unique authority and has earned the trust of parents and educational organisations worldwide.
More about the school reviews
GSG reviews more than 1,000 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 – GSG selection is a personal one. Moreover, GSG is in the process of gently expanding their coverage to include more good local schools. If you know of one that GSG has missed, or you feel has got wrong, please tell them: it’s parents like you who have made The Guide as good as it is.
GSG write-ups are intended to be portraits of the schools, not inventories of their assets and achievements. The schools’ prospectuses and their websites are the best sources of the factual background.
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- GSG has visited all the schools that have reviews (mostly these days they are welcomed, although sometimes they have to go in disguise) - some of them many times over since GSG was first published in 1986.
- GSG has a team of local writers who bring them news and views from all over Britain, and help them find the good schools that only they and their neighbours know about.
- Visiting is, of course, only a start. GSG also spends many happy hours talking to pupils, staff, heads, educationalists of all sorts, matrons – even the school dog.
- Most importantly, GSG listens to you, the parents.
More on being a GSG subscriber
If you are a subscriber to the Good Schools Guide online, you can read the school reviews by simply logging in (subscriptions are activated automatically and within minutes of purchase, so if you're in a hurry, subscribe now). You can also click straight through from GSG site to the schools’ websites – some of them are excellent.
More on exam results
When GSG started, league tables were mainly the preserve of soccer teams; now they're the one thing guaranteed to spark a heated debate at supper parties: St Sinks soars, Hoity Toity High plummets... How? Why?
The GSG website offers detailed analysis of exam results of ALL English schools with published data. You can draw up a list of schools to compare by exam, subject and leavers’ destinations – and check maps to see which catchment areas are likely to include your house.
The Good Schools Guide: don’t choose a school or buy a house without it.