Schools Guide 2015

Ah, schools. They can inspire endless fascination, nay obsession, in many. Have you registered yet? Do you have a back-up choice? Did you hear so-and-so is moving to blah-blah? But navigating your way through the options can be pretty tricky, and with fees rising faster than you can say International Baccalaureate, you’d better get plenty of bang for your buck. Herewith, the 11th edition of the Tatler Schools Guide, featuring the country’s top prep and public schools – your indispensible companion to steer you through the educational melee. With unparalleled knowledge and experience, we cut through the prospectus schtick to give you the inside track.

Our peerless team of researchers has travelled nationwide, grilling heads and registrars, chefs and groundsmen, grandparents and pupils. We have ears in the playground, eyes in the staff room and seats at the most heated dinner-party debates. We’ve surveyed the swankiest of new science blocks and peeked at the untidiest of dorms – and sampled a lot of treacle sponge along the way. (And no, Sir, you can’t buy your way into this guide – we choose each school on merit alone.) Whether you want your little one to come away with grubby knees or straight As, there is something here for everyone. So settle in and enjoy reading about the best schools that this country has to offer.

Georgina Blackwell

Schools Guide editor