Back in 2009, when my wife Erica 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discovered that their data was unreliable; some schools were mysteriously missing and often links were broken and data out of date.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.
We first started selling our schools plugin to estate agents in 2010, following a discussion with a local agent. We have been growing this side of the business ever since and now have over 300 estate agency brands, covering around 1,300 offices, across the UK using our plugin. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and a product of the highest quality. Never resting on our laurels, we are always innovating and improving our software offering.
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