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discovered that their data was unreliable; some schools were mysteriously missing and often links were broken and data out of date.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 2012, following a discussion with a local agent. We have been growing this side of the business ever since and now have well over 100 estate agency brands 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
Locrating have been fantastic since we started using their schools data.
Locrating have been fantastic since we started using their schools data. Having such up to date information is invaluable to us and our clients.
I've never dealt with a more pleasant company than Locrating.
I've never dealt with a more pleasant company than Locrating. According to our legal adviser even your agreements were a breath of fresh air.
The team at Starberry absolutely love the Locrating Schools Module.
The team at Starberry absolutely love the Locrating Schools Module and have been integrating this module into websites we build [since 2013]. This is great product that offers a wealth of information about local schools and makes the websites we build so much more informative.
In addition, the knowledge, expertise & friendliness of the team at Locrating makes working with them a fantastic experience.
It is noticeable from our website analytics that the school maps are extremely popular .
Erica contacted me 3 years ago and simply asked whether we would be interested in Locrating’s school information feed. When she explained this was a simple plug-in, could be set up within hours and I didn’t need to lift a finger, I was sold.
True to her word, the team worked closely with our web developer and within no time we had very impressive local school and catchment area maps. It is noticeable from our website analytics that the school maps are extremely popular and because the information is sourced from Ofsted we can ensure that the public know it’s from an independent body rather than our opinion about schools. Erica’s sales pitch is soft which is refreshing in a world where everyone’s trying to sell you the next big thing. Locrating are also open to new ideas and we have worked with them to include user friendly instructions.
We regularly receive positive feedback from our clients for our school and transport features.
We have been working with Erica & Lewis for a number of years and always found them to be professional, efficient and very easy to deal with.
They have a fantastic product that compliments our website and we regularly receive positive feedback from our clients for our school and transport features.
Keep up the good work guys!
Locrating is a great added benefit to all our customers.
Locrating is a great added benefit to all our customers who are now searching for a new home online with our brand new website.