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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:28 pm 

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Hi everyone
Thanks for all the useful comments in my previous thread re AGSB and AGSG.
I would like to ask how parents directly compare 2 schools whether they are state funded,grammar or private?
I have tried the OFSTED website but unfortunately some schools do not have a report, for example Altrincham prep school for boys.
I have looked at the Telegraph top 100 secondary schools which is quite useful.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to directly compare 2 or more schools whether its a report/stats/website.


PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:44 pm 

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Go and visit on a school day - that's the best way. You can't hide graffited toilets and cramped classrooms.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:57 pm 

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And if you must use tables, try the 'real thing', at least as far as state schools are concerned:


You can look at e.g. how children with various levels of prior attainment do at the schools. But no, it won't tell you which school has the cleanest loos, that much you have to investigate for yourself :)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:04 am 

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You could try http://www.locrating.com/.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:43 am 

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I agree that there is nothing to substitute visiting the schools. All the intangible things like seeing whether the headteacher (if that is who shows you around) knows the names of the children, seeing the children working in a classroom, usually they have pupils who show you around. Do they look engaged? Are they articulate?

Do you have any friends / parents at nursery / parents from baby groups etc that you could ask?

APS (and the other preps) do have inspection reports (usually on their websites rather than OFSTED).

PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:21 am 

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You could also read the Good Schools Guide reports but I'm a bit wary of who actually writes the reports. They seem to pick up some key themes of each school's experience though which might inform alongside other measures.

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