There are a number of publications and websites available which provide information, objective advice, guidance and reviews for prospective parents to help choose the best independent school for their child/ren. We’ve included links to some of the best-known ones below.
Tatler magazine produces an annual Schools’ Guide research and reviewing establishments. To earn an entry in the Tatler Schools Guide, a school must offer the whole package: holistic pastoral care; a focus on character-forming as much as pure academics; and the ability to accommodate and nurture all their pupils so that they leave as well-educated and, most importantly, happy young people.
Westonbirt School features in the current online 2022 Schools’ Guide, with a review, including the following:
“The expansion is part of a 10-year master plan – formulated with English Heritage – and follows the school’s move to co-education in 2019, when pupil numbers doubled. But it doesn’t stop there: a new sports complex is on the way…. It’s a good thing the sports facilities are being revamped, because these pupils are a zippy, athletic bunch….. A similar energy is evident in the academics: after pioneering a new style of teaching English – generating some exceptional A-level and GCSE results – the head of department was recently shortlisted for a Tes Schools Award.”
The Good Schools Guide reviews 1,300 schools, covering state and independent, boarding and day, mainstream and special sectors. In addition, the website has details of all 30,000+ schools in the UK, plus a wealth of insightful information on virtually all English schools. The Good Schools Guide describes itself as independent, forthright, well-informed and unbiased, which gives it unique authority and has earned the trust of parents and educational organisations worldwide.
From the current online review (a paid subscription is required to read in full):
“The curriculum here really is, in that well-worn phrase, ‘broad and balanced’ with enough options at GCSE and sixth form to cater for the wide range of ability the school attracts. Exceptional results in further maths, physics and drama. Business studies BTEC particularly successful with 90 per cent of entries being awarded a distinction.”