The Good Schools Guide launches first ever London guides
Two new guides contain over 300 top London schools and record number of state schools
London, 4th November 2014: The Good Schools Guide launches its first ever London-based Good Schools Guides in response to increasing demand from both local and international parents in the capital. The move comes as the number of international students in London schools continues to increase year on year.
The handy-sized guides, which are split into North and South London books, give straight-talking reviews of over 320 schools - two-thirds of these are independent schools and a record one-third are state schools.
Eleven new schools have made it into the guides for the first time including four new state schools and each guide gives an over-view of the best state schools borough by borough.
‘The launch of the London Good Schools Guides is a very exciting departure for us and was largely driven by the increased demand from our capital’s local and International parents,’ said Beth Noakes, editor of The Good Schools Guide.
‘With such a huge number of highly successful independent and state schools to choose from it became increasingly necessary to produce guides that help parents through the many elements to consider when selecting a school,’ Noakes continued.
The Good Schools Guide London North book contains candid reviews of over 200 schools, offering inside information, first-hand experience and honest opinions of the schools north of the Thames that parents say are the capital’s best. It includes two Lycees, again in response to international demand.
The Good Schools Guide London South book contains reviews of over 120 schools – again those schools highlighted by parents as being the best London offers south of the river.
Both guides take parents through the complicated English education system and guide them through the process of choosing a school in the Capital – particularly useful for the rising numbers of International parents in London. The pros and cons of independent versus state are examined and there are sections on SEN and tutoring, again a boom area in the Capital. Also new to the guide is a ‘Schools to Watch’ section in which London writers take a look at a variety of new schools on their block.
All schools pricked for the prestigious guides are assessed on a wide variety of criteria. Exam results, facilities, pastoral care and parental satisfaction are all taken into consideration. The team of reviewers visit schools and talk to parents, teachers and children – schools are removed from the guides if they don’t meet the guide’s exacting standards year on year, and schools cannot pay to be included or excluded.
The new entries into the guides are:
Chepstow House School north independent
College Francais Bilingue de Londre - Junior Section north independent
College Francais Bilingue De Londres north Independent
Ecole Francaise Jacques Prevert north independent
Grafton Primary School north state
Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College Primary Phase south state
Herne Hill School south independent
Montpelier Primary School north state
North Ealing Primary School north state
Snaresbrook Preparatory School north independent
The Children's House School north independent
The guides cost £18 and available through Waterstones or from www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk
The Good Schools Guide will be at the Independent Schools Show this coming weekend in Battersea – 8-9th November 2014
For further information, for a copy of the guide, to arrange an interview or for images please contact:
Caroline Skinner at The Good Schools Guide
07976 610685 or email@example.com
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