Liverpool’s best secondary schools rated in Real Schools Guide

Applications are open for Liverpool secondary school places – but you don't have long to make your decision.

The closing date has been extended by a week this year due to the coronavirus crisis, but applications in Liverpool still need to be in by November 7.

Full information on how to apply is available on the city council website.

If you're facing some tough decisions over where to apply, our Real Schools Guide could be just the thing to help.

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Originally published this year in July, it's a handy tool which gives a rundown of all the schools in the city (and elsewhere in Merseyside).

The Real Schools Guide 2020, compiled by Reach's data unit, aims to give a far more comprehensive picture than traditional league tables.

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It takes into account 51 different data points – including not just GCSE results and Attainment 8 scores but also factors like Progress 8, pupil-teacher ratios and absence rates.

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It is published as a print product but parents can also go online to browse the full data, compare different schools, and find links to contact details and recent Ofsted reports.

The Guide, now in its eighth year, has been praised by ministers and education experts alike.

Former schools minister David Laws called it 'public-service journalism in the best tradition'.

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