Locrating is a web application like no other. If you're looking for schools near you, we have it all; from Ofsted reports, school catchment areas, league tables and school comparisons to in-depth admissions data, parential reviews, Zoopla properties and more
With our easy to use, intuitive map you can locate and browse any area at different zoom levels and see at a glance where schools are located.
Schools have different icons depending upon the age range of pupils. So, you can see immediately if a school is nursery, primary or secondary.
School icons are coloured according to their latest inspection rating. So, it is obvious which schools are outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. Estyn ratings are used for Welsh schools.
Hovering over a school shows its name and a catchment area indicator, which provides a guide as to where you might need to live to get into the school (England only).
Our super advanced catchment area checker shows at a glance where the latest intake of pupils live, however it also provides sophisticated analysis of the data.
See down to street level where existing pupils live.
Chose which year groups are included, e.g. show only year 7 (11+) or sixth form pupils.
You can even view street level data for selected year groups going back all the way back to 2014/15.
This work was produced using statistical data from the Office for National Statistics. The use of the ONS statistical data in this work does not imply the endorsement of the ONS in relation to the interpretation or analysis of the statistical data. This work uses research datasets which may not exactly reproduce National Statistics aggregates.
We show detailed application and offer data for all schools in England (covering 2014-2018) sourced directly from individual local education authorities. Even including what preference the school was given on the Common Application Form (CAF).
We use this data to indicate if a school is oversubscribed or not; where we consider a school to be oversubscribed if not all children who put it as their first choice school were offered a place.
Take this school as an example, there were 261 applications in 2018 and 150 offers, so that would appear at first glance that the school is oversubscribed. But look closer and you’ll see that everyone who put it as their first choice got an offer. So, it’s not oversubscribed at all. The other applications are from pupils who were offered schools that they put as a higher preference.
We are working our way around 150+ local authority websites, collecting last distance offered data and providing links to the documents that contains the data, as well as any other useful links such as priority admission area maps. Whilst some local authorities publish last offered distances, others don’t and the ones that do don’t always publish them for all schools. Further, the information is presented in a myriad ways, with each local authority having their own maps, pdfs and web pages; all presenting the data in slightly different ways. Hence this involves a lot of manual effort and it is an ongoing process to collect.
We are a proud partner of Zoopla and with the click of a switch you can easily add properties to the map which are sourced live from Zoopla's database. Hovering over a property shows its address and price.
Different property icons allow you to tell at a glance if there is one or more property for sale or rent in a particular location.
You can easily filter which properties are displayed.
You can even show only properties that have had price changes in a certain period, e.g. the last week. Something you can't even do directly on the Zoopla site.
Using data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government we have provided information on a range of different socio-economic factors affecting neighbourhoods where pupils attending schools live (England only) and also neighbourhoods around Zoopla properties for sale or rent (England and Wales only).
Measures include a wide array of socio-economic data covering the following:
For more information see our blog post The English Indices of Deprivation.
Using our school and property filters, you can easily select which schools and properties are displayed on the map, to help narrow down your search.
You can filter by the age range and gender of pupils.
You can filter schools by their Ofsted rating and also by the exam performance of the pupils relative to other schools on the map; e.g. show only the top 5 performing schools in the visible area.
You can also filter schools based on other criteria such as their religion, whether they are primary schools, secondary schools, grammar schools, special schools etc. Independent schools can be switched on or off depending upon whether these are of interest to you.
Clicking on a school allows you to view a host of information; including details of all its inspections, exam results, parent's opinions, application and offer details, whether it is oversubscribed or not and lots more.
A useful summary tab shows key information about each school, such as the number of pupils, gender, pupils per teacher, % free school meals, % English not first language etc. Along with at-a-glance-indicators which show the performance of the school based on the exams taken by its pupils and the inspections it has received.
We show the headline items from each school's latest Ofsted (or Estyn) report including its summary findings, so you don't have to open and read the individual reports for each school.
Our Reviews tab contains comprehensive parential opinion taken directly from the official source of parent's opinions: Ofsted Parent View, which is used by Ofsted when making decisions about which schools to inspect and when.Ofsted Parent View gives parents the chance to tell Ofsted what they think about their child’s school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. Specifically parents are asked to rate answers to the following questions:
The exam results tabs show the very latest results, including new Department of Education progress measures - designed to allow the comparison of pupil's progress and attainment across different schools. Beware other school guide sites that make no reference to the year their results are for; they are often years out of date and/or discontinued measures, e.g. GCSE grades are now numbers not letters.
Included are all the very latest headline exam results for schools at Key Stage 2 (Primary), Key Stage 4 (GCSE) and Key Stage 5 (A-Level). We also include direct links to the Department of Education website so you can drill down further into these results.
The previous year's results are also displayed so you can make a year-on-year comparison.
As well as over 30,000 schools we are now showing over 28,000 nurseries and childcare providers in England.
We have parsed the latest Ofsted reports, so you can see the highlights at a glance. Including the providers full inspection history.
For nursery schools we also show Parent's Opinions from Ofsted Parent View; the official source of parent's opinion.
We show all childcare providers that are registered with Ofsted and not on domestic premises.
Discover what students do after leaving each school with our detailed leaver statistics, sourced from the Department of Education.
After their GCSEs, find out if pupils remain in education, and if so where, or whether they move on to employment or perhaps an apprenticeship.
After their A-Levels, discover how many pupils remain in education or move on to employment. For those that continue on to higher education, see how many attend top universities such as the Russell Group or Oxbridge.
We display headline financial information for each school, which provides an interesting insight into its funding, expenditure and budgeting (England only).
Total, grant and self-generated income shows where pupil funding comes from and how much it is.
Total, staff and property expenditure show spending across key areas.
In year balances show if the school is over or under spending, whilst revenue reserve shows what savings are available.
Create a league table of local schools using the schools-in-view slide out.
You can sort schools by a range of items; such as name, inspection rating, Key Stage 2 performance, GCSE performance, A-Level performance, value added (progress) scores for KS2, GCSE and A-Level, number of pupils per teacher and even school fees for Independent schools.
Zoom in and out or scroll around to change the schools included in the school league table.
Your shortlisted schools are highlighted with a heart.
Add schools and properties to your shortlists. You can then choose to view only your shortlisted items on the map and even compare schools and properties side by side.
Compare your shortlisted schools and properties side by side.
Save your shortlists or share them with friends using our simple URLS.
You can find out a host of information about properties for sale or rent. The summary tab shows key information about each property; including the price, pictures and key features.
You can easily view the floorplan of each property.
View price changes of each property, a particularly useful feature for those looking to grab a bargain.
Request a viewing or contact the agent directly from our pop-up window with no need to leave the site.
Information specific to independent schools is readily available, including meaningful GCSE measures, which allow the comparison of independent schools at GCSE level, something that cannot be done using the government published results as they exclude IGCSEs (which are used by many independent schools) resulting in misleading results.
Independent schools are often inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. We include links to all ISI reports, as well as inspections from all the other main inspection bodies. We also show highlights from ISI inspections.
Options for boarding are shown on the summary tab.
School fees can also be found on the summary tab.
A highly requested feature has always been to show public transport links.
Map markers indicate the location of many thousands of railway stations and other forms of public transport; including underground stations, tram stops, metro and light railway stations. Our data covers the whole of Great Britain.
Plan a journey from a marker to anywhere else you like, or view the station's network map by clicking the link in the popup.
Often when researching school catchments people need to know how far they are ‘as the crow flies’ from a school. Our distance calculator tool makes such a measurement a doddle.
Simply right click on the map (or on a touch device press and hold) and a pin will appear to mark your location, you can drag the pin around or click elsewhere on the map to move it. Place this pin where you live (or intend to live) then if you hover over a school or station it will measure the distance between the pin and the destination.
It will also draw a dotted circle around the pin so you can easily see which other schools are within the same distance.
It's not always possible to get online, our printable schools report allows you to print out the details of all your shortlisted schools.
The schools report shows each school on its own page and includes all the key information that can be seen on the schools map. It also shows a map, highlighting where the school is located.
Where possible we've added handy links that allow easy navigation to external sites that provide useful information about the area in view.
Links to the police crime site, allow you to see any recent crimes in the area you are considering.
Links to county council websites allow applications to be made for school places. You can also use these to find out futher information regarding school admissions
Links to socio-economic information allow you to find out a little bit more about an area.
To streamline our user support, we have a fully featured helpdesk. You can use this to provide feedback, make suggestions, report bugs or for any other questions you might have.
You can access the helpdesk via your profile page, where you will find a Helpdesk menu option. We aim to answer all tickets within a few hours, however outside of Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm, this may take a little longer.
We continually add new innovative features to help you make the most informed decisions possible.