After creating a list of schools defined by location, you can narrow down your list further using other criteria – Gender, Age, Religion and Selective.
For Secondary State schools the first step is to find your Local Education Authority (LEA). It is your own LEA which is responsible for providing a school place. If you want to apply for a place at a school which is in a neighbouring LEA, because you live near the border, then you still apply through your own LEA. The neighbouring LEA can’t guarantee to provide you that place so it is advisable (possibly mandatory) to select at least one within your own LEA.
League tables are what you may find in a newspaper; they have already been ranked and are usually country-wide. Performance tables contain the underlying data; can be filtered and ranked using your own requirements, enabling you to retrieve data based on the location you’re interested in.
Some of the future posts planned:
League Tables vs Performance Tables
Creating your own Achievement measurement
Creating a shortlist of schools
State vs Independent