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 schools and reading their Ofsted inspection reports. It took us ages and quickly became very frustrating.
We did find some websites that speeded up the process 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discovered that their data was unreliable; some schools were mysteriously missing and often links were broken and data out of date.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. 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 locrating.com was born. Since then locrating has gone from strength to strength and undergone many improvements and face lifts.
Thank you to all of you that have sent us encouraging messages over the years and continued to spread the word about locrating; it is much appreciated. We always welcome feedback, be it good or bad. Feel free to contact us with any comments, suggestions or complaints. Finally, in case you are wondering, the name locrating came from a friend and is a word play on locating by [Ofsted] rating.
Director, Locrating Ltd
Thanks for such a useful site!
The site is awesome,
the new filters are incredibly useful
I'll share this with lots of my mum friends
as I think your site is a lot easier to navigate than the others.
I’ve been using Locrating now for a couple of years
and find it a great tool to help advise clients.
I have been using Locrating a lot in my search for the perfect location
to move to with my family. It’s a really wonderful website!
I found your awesome website
while investigating school catchment areas.
I have been house hunting for a few months now and Locrating has helped me a lot.
I really want to thank you for building such a helpful tool.
As a data analytics professional myself, I find your site very useful
... mashing up data from various sources and
displaying in an easy to understand manner.
Kudos to your team!
You have a fabulous website