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Where it all started: Moving home

Back in 2009, when my wife and I considered moving home, we didn't know where we wanted to move to, but we definitely wanted to be near good local schools for our children. Every time we found a potential area, we spent hours trawling the web gathering information on local schools and reading their Ofsted inspection reports. It took us ages and quickly became very frustrating.

We did find some websites that speeded it up a little, but we soon discovered that their data was unreliable; some schools were mysteriously missing and often links were broken and data out of date. They almost always required a postcode to be entered to start with, something we often didn't have.

We decided that what we needed was something that showed schools on a map, which you could scroll around and most importantly showed, at a glance, some crucial information about the schools; primarily their Ofsted report ratings and exam results. So we Googled and browsed all night, but it became clear that there was nothing out there that does this. So, being a software developer, I decide to write one for us ... and was born.

Wind on a few years and my wife and I were researching our next move, this time outside of London. However due to work and family ties, we still need to be with easy reach of the City. So we started investigating commuting times and discovered how extremely tedious this process is. In fact, I concluded that without a computer crunching all the data it would be impossible for us to be sure we had covered all the potential places to live within a reasonable commuting time. So, it was back to the drawing board ... and our commuting map was born.

2015 Update: Well, they say, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". It seems every week there is a new site out there, which has clearly taken their inspiration from us. Thank you to all of you that have spread the word about locrating; please continue to do so, we need your support in what is becoming an increasingly competitive area. has been lovingly built in London, UK.

Contact us

We always welcome feedback, be it good or bad. Feel free to contact us with any comments, suggestions or complaints. Our contact details are:

Locrating Ltd
4 Calder Court,
Amy Johnson Way,
0800 033 7252

Erica Tandy
Email Erica
Lewis Tandy
Email Lewis


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quote  Ive just started researching primary schools for my daughter ... coming accross locrating is fantastic as youve got everything i want to know on one page, including all the results explained so simply - HALLELUJAH!! Thank you for creating it as i can see already it is going to make this 'journey' alot easier!!

quote  Just to let you know [we] are now obsessed with your website, it’s a great idea!

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quote  Great tool by the way, keep up the good job!

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quote  Thank you for the great resource that you have created and made available, its very much appreciated and has proved to be a much relied on asset in looking for schools.

quote  I would like to express my gratitude to the people who have participated in developing these website. It is very useful to parents who want to find a good schooling location for their kids. Excellent work! Thanks a lot!

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quote  OMG you guys are amazing, thanks so much for your time Lewis and Erica!!!

quote  Many thanks for such an excellent starting point stacked full of information.

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quote  Complements to the developer – this web application really is amazing, and a huge help to parents like myself searching for schools and property! I have found the tool invaluable in my search!

quote  Just had to drop you a note after discovering locrating yesterday. I love it – possibly a bit too much – but after having to look at property websites, then OFSTED etc. to suss out the best places to think about moving to, its just brilliant! Takes away so much of the hassle. Many thanks, it must be a mammoth task!

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quote Just want to congratulate you ... I feel very lucky to have found your site. It's saved me hours and hours of trawling!

quote Thanks for developing It is a very useful tool in my house search and has saved me a huge amount of time in deciding where to look for a place.

quote Well done, for filtering this much information to a single site ... Thanking you once again for an extremely useful website.

quote A truly excellent website, congratulations! Like yourselves I have exactly the same problem - trawl the web looking for a great house and lo and behold your 'great' house is surrounded by less-than-great schools. You website is ingenious in that you can concentrate your house search on the basis of good schools. Lots of wasted time now saved.

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