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Help choosing your A-Level subjects and/or degree course

If you are looking for some advice on which A-Level subjects to take in order to have the best chances of gaining a place on your degree course of choice, or if you're not sure what degree would best suit your interests, we recommend having a look at the new Informed Choices website produced by the Russell Group universities.

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Haven't got the school you wanted?

If your first choice cannot be met, it is likely due to other pupils living closer to the school than you or meeting the admissions criteria more closely than your child, in this case your child will be allocated a place at an alternative school, in the order of your preferences. But you may get offered a school that is not one of your preferences at all.What should you do if the school you have been offered is not the one your were hoping for?

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How many outstanding schools really are outstanding?

Something I have seen recently is long standing outstanding schools being, sometimes quite severely, downgraded. In fact, Ofsted recently re-inspected forty six outstanding schools and not one retained its top rating; thirty seven were downgraded to “good”, eight were rated “requires improvement” and one became “inadequate”. Why the sudden change?

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Comparing inspection reports for independent schools

I had a conversation a while ago with one of our users who said they were finding it difficult to compare state and independent secondary schools. So, after some thought, we came up with an innovative and completely unique solution to aid the process.

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Essential things to know when applying for a place at an oversubscribed school

Finding the right school for your child can be a minefield, often it is a difficult enough decision deciding which schools to put on your application form, let alone the order you should place them in. An understanding of the equal preference system is crucial when making this decision, especially when your preferred school is over-subscribed and 42% of London primary schools are!

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School catchment areas explained

State school admissions are about so much more than simply where you live. There just isn’t a magic catchment area that will guarantee your child entry and any online catchment indicator or heat map (including ours) must not be relied upon too heavily. In this post we explore some of the myths surrounding school catchment areas.

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