I just found out about this very helpful tool from a fellow mum and wanted to share it with you. It is called LOCRATING and the website is www.locrating.com. It’s a very simple tool. You go to the SCHOOLS MAP, type in your post code, and you can narrow it to focus on nurseries or primary schools, or to state or independent schools for example. It will then show you all schools on a map and even highlight their OFSTED rating for state schools (“outstanding”, “good”, satisfactory” and so on). For independent schools, it will link to ISI inspection reports. You can also display exam results for the state schools you choose.
I find this tool extremely useful for your very initial phase – to make sure you have not overlooked any option – or for parents moving areas who want to have an overview of schools in an unfamiliar area. Try it out and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!