A solid education is a positive advantage and essential if you are thinking of specialising in medicine, engineering, research, etc. The future of mankind depends on the quality of our scientists and other specialists. Fortunately, Schools, Colleges and Universities in the United Kingdom offer a wide range of courses to help you develop your future potential.
James Bond would say - Learn while ye may!
SCHOOL LISTS and GUIDES
This Site!: a complete list of UK schools. Mapping and location search facilities (in association with Multimap.com). Searches by name, age groups, religion and a large range of other features. Tabulations of all available examination data for the past four years. Full contact details. Links to Ofsted and others. Much more to come over the next year.
Independent Schools Council information service (ISCis): the site formerly known as ISIS - the Independent Schools Information Service - now trendily renamed and slipping into lower case. The 'official' site for schools belonging to the Independent Schools Joint Council, about 1,300 of the 2,000 plus independent schools in the UK. ISJC members would regard themselves as being the best 1,300. An excellent and very helpful site. Good search facility. Inspection reports are now beginning to be available on the Independent Schools Inspectorate site.
SchoolsNet: A Greg Hadfield/Sunday Times production, based on The Good State Schools Guide (which Greg Hadfield wrote) and The Equitable Schools Guide. Now much expanded with the aim of being 'the number one education website' - moving on a broad front.
Tigerchild: a site full of information on raising children, including some good schools lists links.
Guide to private schools - US-based, but lots of international content and a good reviewer. Well worth a browse.
American Boarding School Review: a new site with reviews from alumni - independent of the schools,and well worth a browse.
American Community Schools, England: one of the groups of schools in the UK.
American curriculum schools in the UK (from the Fulbright Commission website). You can search for American curriculum schools using "features search" above.
American School Directory: a link to each school in the USA.
AngliaCampus: an extensive site built round the former BT.Campus, with a great deal of curriculum-related information for revision and homework at all ages (it costs £50 p.a. to have access to this area) and a long list of schools web pages and educational links.
Association of International Study Centres: for those half dozen famous independent schools that have specialcentres for bringing overseas students up to speed for mainstream UK education.
Beacon Schools: state schools chosen by the DfES for excellence in teaching or other aspects of their work, and willing and able to help your school overcome its problems. You can search for Beacon schools on features search above.
Boarding Schools: a directory listing of boarding schools. A bit patchy. You can search for boarding schools on The GSG Directory (see button bar).
Boarding Schools and Colleges in Northern Ireland: just so. Site down when last we looked.
The British Accreditation Council: inspects and accredits independent further and higher education colleges. Site has list of colleges searchable by location, courses, etc.
Business Schools: The FT's ranking.
Catholic Schools in the UK. You can search for Catholic schools using features search above.
COBISEC: The Council of British Independent Schools in the European Community. All follow a British curriculum and are inspected by a UK inspectorate. Schools are in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, with associate members in Egypt and Pakistan.
Cognita: Chris Woodhead's schools company.
De la Salles Schools: the Lasallian network in Britain.
The Directory of Overseas Schools: International schools outside the USA, including the UK, in abbreviated format. The full text can be found only in the book.
France in London Yellow Pages: Includes a list of schools in and near London where they teach in French - mostly nursery, weekend and after school.
EdUK: when we last looked this was a rather unsatisfactory directory listing, with very incomplete information.
European Council of International Schools (ECIS): On-line directories of member schools (it claims to be the largest association of international schools and has a worldwide membership list, e.g. 3 in Uganda) with a page of information on each, and a directory of colleges and universities in the UK, Europe and North America on a similar basis.
European schools - i.e. those provided for the children of Eurocrats but available to others.
GDST: the Girls Day Schools Trust, which runs 26 private girls day schools in the UK.
GEMS: UK schools owned by this international school management company.
Guide to UK Boarding Schools: a list with some data.
The Independent Schools Directory: database of over 2,000 UK independent schools, with a good search facility, and communications facilities for most of them (if school has no e-mail your e-mail is faxed to the school). Very basic information only, but quick and easy to use as a means of contacting schools.
International Baccalaureate Information: information on the exam and on the schools which offer it.
Montessori: no consolidated list of UK Montessori schools exists, as far as we can see.
The International Montessori Index includes one explanation of the situation. There is now a good partial list at Montessori Education UK, and you can fill in the gaps with a search on The GSG Directory (see button bar) for Montessori as part of the school name.
Muslim schools: a list of Muslim schools
Northern Ireland Schools Registry: links to and information on Northern Ireland schools.
Northern Ireland Boarding Schoolsand Colleges: just so. Site down when last we looked.
Nursery schools and playgroups, daycare and childcare in England - the excellent Ofsted facility for finding the ones near you (and looking at their inspection reports) is at the top left of this page.
Quaker schools: a list on the Quaker site.
The Round Square Conference: a worldwide group of schools following the principles of Kurt Hahn; notable UK members include Gordonstoun, Rannoch (RIP) and Wellington.
Schools Directory: basic information on all UK schools, including number on roll, Local Education Authority, Ofsted report, league tables, contact details (but not e-mail or web addresses).
Schools Online: the homepage of The Association of Boarding Schools: links to many US boarding schools and some international (e.g. Aiglon, Sedbergh), links to directories of US, Canadian and European independent schools.
Schools Search: Based on the Catt/Which School volumes, i.e. the entry depends on what the school pays, so (when we last looked) there was a long screed on Moreton Hall, a couple of paragraphs on Harrow and nothing at all on Eton. Apart from that, it's a nice site. 'Covers' 2,600 independent schools.
ScoilNet: information on and links to schools in Ireland.
Scottish Council of Independent Schools: lists them, and sings the praises of the sector, but not much other info here.
Scottish Schools Online - the Scottish Executive's information site.
State Boarding Schools Information Service: boarding schools where the education (but not the boarding) is free.
The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship: Steiner schools in the UK and Eire, and lists of Steiner schools worldwide.
SUPA: The Schools and Universities Polo Association tells you where you can play polo at school.
Technology Colleges Trust: managed the English state specialist schools programme.
The Telegraph newspaper has a list of schools websites.
Which School?: a cut-down version of the CD-ROM, directory information only.
Woodard Schools: Church of England private and state schools in the Anglican catholic tradition.
FEBRUARY 2014 FEMALE
Michael Gove has agreed to write to all schools in England about female genital mutilation, after a Guardian-backed petition urging the education secretary to take action attracted nearly 250,000 signatures.
The education secretary's pledge was given as he met 17-year-old student Fahma Mohamed, the face of the campaign, and praised her for her "inspirational" work.
Schools, Colleges and Universities in the United Kingdom offer a wide range of courses to help you develop your future.
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