The UK's best School Guide launches

A free website that puts essential school information at parents' fingertips launches today.

School Guide brings key school statistics together in one place from several official websites including the Department of Education and Ofsted and makes it quick and easy for parents to choose the best school for their child. Using School Guide parents can:

• Find any school in England with its interactive search

• See current data in a clear visual format on each School Page

• Compare local schools at the touch of a button

• Get a School Guide Rating to see how a school ranks nationally

• Plot performance of a school in the School Guide League

• Share knowledge on local schools by adding comments via Facebook or DISQUS

One mother, Kate Betts from Bath, has already found the site invaluable. "Wow. So Useful! Even as a primary teacher myself I don't really know where to start with schools. This site means that in two minutes I have pretty much made up my mind about where my son will go to school next September."

Bright, modern and simple to navigate, School Guide uses colour coding to show types of schools (Primary, Secondary and Independent) and gives each school a unique rating.

"Our ratings range from one to five stars and are intended to give an unbiased and easy to understand summary of how well each school has performed that year," says Neil Stanley, Managing Director of Alamex Limited, the UK app and website developers behind School Guide.

School Guide has been shortlisted for a Nominet Award in the Digital Innovation in Public Services category.

Follow School Guide on Twitter @SchoolGuideUK or Facebook