Outstanding Data and Features

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By far the most comprehensive UK school guide; view inspection reports, exam results, school catchment areas, league tables, school comparisons, in-depth admissions data, school reviews, property and neighbourhood information plus much more

Browse Features

Clear & Intuitive

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.

Age Range

Schools have different icons depending upon their type. So, you can see easily if a school is nursery, primary or secondary.

Ofsted Inspection Ratings

Icons are coloured according to their inspection rating. So, it is obvious which schools are outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. England and Wales only. Estyn reports are used for Welsh schools.

Catchment Area Indicator

Clicking on a school shows a catchment area indicator, which provides a guide as to where you might need to live to get into the school.

England Only

Advanced Catchment Area Checker

England Only

Our super advanced catchment area checker shows at a glance where the latest intake of pupils live, however it also allows sophisticated analysis of the data.

Neighbourhood Analysis

See down to local areas where existing pupils live.

Year Group Analysis

Chose which year groups are included, e.g. show only the latest intake, a selected year group or the whole school.

Historical Analysis

You can even view data for selected year groups going 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.

Last Distance Offered

England Only

We have collected last distance offered data from local authorities, which are plotted on the map along with our catchment indicators. We link to the documents that contain the data, as well as any other useful websites, such as those showing priority areas. England only; not available for all schools.

Destinations & Source Schools

England Only

Using data from the National School Census we've analysed pupil's moves between primary and secondary schools, so you can easily see how pupils transition between schools, e.g. to which secondary schools pupils progress to, or which primary schools pupils have come from.

Two Way Data

See not only which schools pupils have moved to when clicking on a primary school, but also which schools pupils have come from when clicking on a secondary school.

Grammar Schools

Discover the percentage of pupils from each primary school that go on to attend a grammar school.

Sixth-Form Movement

With our sixth-form analysis you can see how many pupils remain at a school for sixth-form and, for those that don't, which schools they move to or have come from.

Local School Attendance

England Only

Using data from the National School Census we've analysed which primary and secondary schools pupils in each neighbourhood attend. This unique feature provides valuable insight into neighbourhoods, which is not available anywhere else.

Browse Neighbourhoods

Find an area of interest by clicking on a property, adding a "Home Location" marker to the map or by using the "Show where existing pupils live" feature for schools.

Grammar Schools

Discover the percentage of local pupils that attend a grammar school.

Community Questions

Get answers to questions like: Will there be other local children attending the same school as my children? If I live here, which schools are my children likely to attend? Are there any schools I've not considered?

Distribution of Existing Pupils

England Only

See the distribution of current pupils at the school, with shading to indicate the relative number of pupils in each area. This feature allows you to get a feel for where pupils at the school tend to live.

Pupil Distribution

To view this information you should turn on "show where existing pupils live" and select "whole school" in the year group filter, before clicking on the school you are interested in.

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.

Applications vs Offers

England Only

View detailed application and offer data for all schools in England, sourced directly from individual local education authorities. Even including which preference the school was given on the Common Application Form (CAF).

Oversubscribed Schools

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.

Thoughtful Analysis

We uniquely use the definition above, devised in conjunction with the DfE. It's a more considered definition than simply comparing total applications vs total offers, which would make more schools appear oversubscribed than they actually are, based on preferences.

Neighbourhood Profiles

England Only

We have collected a range of useful and interesting information about local neighbourhoods, from sources such as Ofcom, HM Land Registry and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.


Discover local broadband availability and recorded speeds.

Property Sold Prices

Discover average property sold prices and historical price trends.

Socio-economic information

Discover a wide array of socio-economic information covering:

  • Income
  • Employment
  • Education, Skills and Training
  • Health and Disability
  • Crime
  • Housing and Services
  • Living Environment

Local Crime Reports

We've built a link to the national police database that allows us to show all the reported crimes in the UK on our map. Crimes fall into one of 14 different categories, ranging from shoplifting to violence and sexual offences.

Crime Locations

View the locations of every crime recorded.

Crime Types

Filter the crimes displayed by the type of crime, e.g. burglary, bicycle theft etc.

Crime Period

Filter the crimes shown by time period, e.g. show only those from the last 6 months.

Zoopla Properties

With the click of a switch you can easily add properties to the map which are sourced live from Zoopla's database. We have overlaid our area information on top of each property's details, so you can see for example, which schools local pupils attend, local house price trends and broadband availability and speeds.

Property Locations

Different property icons allow you to tell at a glance if there is one or more property for sale or rent.

Property Filter

You can easily filter which properties are displayed, for example by price range, number of bedrooms etc.

Want to grab a bargain?

You can even show only properties that have had price changes in a certain period, e.g. the last week. Something you can't do on the Zoopla website.

Displaying properties requires Zoopla's API. Membership is not required for this feature. Please be aware this feature may be withdrawn without notice, should Zoopla's API be discontinued.

Local Points of Interest

Discover more about an area by turning on our points of interest. We have almost half a million points of interest across the UK, including supermarkets, pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, parks, gardens, playgrounds, swimming pools, sport centres, museums, galleries and much more...

Points of Interest Filter

Easily show or hide categories of interest (such as Food & Drink, Attractions, Leisure, Supermarkets etc.) using the map filters.

Google Searches

Our handy pre-constructed Google searches allow you to quickly find out information about a point of interest using Google.

Local points of interest data has been collated from numerous sources, including open source databases maintained by the general public. Some of this data therefore is not as 'official' as the other data on our site, which is all sourced from official sources.

School & Property Filters

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 their pupils relative to other schools on the map; e.g. show only the top 5 performing schools in the visible area.

School Type

You can also filter schools based on other criteria such as their religion, whether they are primary schools, secondary schools, grammar schools, boarding schools, special schools etc. Independent schools can be switched on or off.

Unbeatable Schools Data

The level of data shown on Locrating is truely unparalleled. Clicking on a school allows you to view a host of information; including all a schools inspections, exam results, parents' opinions, application and offer details, whether it is oversubscribed, which schools children go on to and have come from and more. You won't find this level of information anywhere else. Some data is England only.


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.

Ofsted Inspections

In the inspections tab, we show the headline items from each school's latest Ofsted report (or Estyn report for Wales) including its summary findings, so you don't have to open and read the individual reports for each school.

Parents' Opinions

England Only

See school reviews taken directly from the only 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.

Survey Questions

  • My child is happy at this school.
  • My child feels safe at this school.
  • The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved.
  • My child has been bullied and the school dealt with the bullying quickly and effectively.
  • The school makes me aware of what my child will learn during the year.
  • When I have raised concerns with the school they have been dealt with properly.
  • My child has SEND, and the school gives them the support they need to succeed.
  • The school has high expectations for my child.
  • My child does well at this school.
  • The school lets me know how my child is doing.
  • There is a good range of subjects available to my child at this school.
  • My child can take part in clubs and activities at this school.
  • The school supports my child’s wider personal development.
  • I would recommend this school to another parent

Latest Exam Results & Progress Measures

England Only

Our exam results tabs show current and historical exam results, including all the latest measures, such as Department for Education progress measures; designed to allow the comparison of pupils' progress and attainment across different schools. We also show Independent School GCSE results, which are not available from the government's own exam results site.

Exam Results

Compare results for schools at Key Stage 2 (Primary), Key Stage 4 (GCSE) and Key Stage 5 (A-Level). Links to the DfE website allow you to further drill down into results. Limited exam data is available for school in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Year on Year Results

Previous years' results are also displayed so you can make a year-on-year comparison.

Video Explanations

Handy videos explain the various different measures that can be used to compare schools and how they work.


England Only

As well as over 30,000 schools we are also show over 28,000 nurseries and childcare providers in England.

Ofsted Inspection Reports

We show the headline items from each nursery's latest Ofsted inspection including its summary findings, so you don't have to open and read the individual reports for each nursery. The providers full inspection history is also available at a glance.

All Ofsted Childcare Providers

We show all childcare providers that are registered with Ofsted and not on domestic premises.

Leaver Destinations

England Only

Discover what students do after leaving each school, with our detailed leaver statistics, sourced from the Department for Education.

After Key Stage 4

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 Key Stage 5

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 (Oxford or Cambridge).

School Finances

England Only

We display headline financial information for each school, which provides an interesting insight into its funding, expenditure and budgeting.


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.

Local League Tables

England Only

Create a league table of local schools using our slide out sorted list, which allows you to sort all the schools currently visible on the map by a range of metrics, from popularity to pupil progress.

Sort by

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, number of pupils per teacher and even school fees for Independent schools.

Custom Areas

Zoom in and out or scroll around to change the schools included in the local school league table.


You can add/remove schools to/from your shortlist via the list; shortlisted schools are highlighted with a heart.

School & Property Shortlists

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.

Side by Side Comparison

Compare your shortlisted schools and properties side by side.

Save Shortlists

Save your shortlists or share them with friends using our simple URLS.

Independent Schools

As well as all state primary and secondary schools, we also show all independent schools in the UK, including preps (preparatory schools). GCSE information from the school, not available from the Department of Education exams website, is also displayed where available.

ISI Inspections

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.

Boarding Options

Options for boarding are shown on the summary tab.


School fees can also be found on the summary tab.

Public Transport

As well as schools and points of interest, you can also find on Locrating public transport options to help you assess the suitability of an area for you transport needs.

Thousands of Transport Options

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.

Journey Planning

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.

School Distance Calculator

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 easy to do.

Measuring Distances

Simply right click on the map (or on a touch device press and hold) and a pin will appear to mark your "Home 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 other marker it will measure the distance between the two.

Printable Schools Report

It's not always possible to get online, our printable schools report allows you to print out summary details of all your shortlisted schools.

Report Layout

The schools report shows each school on its own page and includes the headline items for each school. It also shows a map, highlighting where the school is located.

Not all information shown online, such as admissions data, is available in the printed report.


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. We're available 7 days a week, 365 days a year to answer member's questions.

Getting Support

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.

Raise a ticket

Click here to raise a new ticket.

Continual Innovation

We continually add new innovative features to help you make the most informed decisions possible.

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