The Journal has launched a comprehensive data-based guide to secondary education in the North East, rating thousands of state-funded schools on their results, teaching, behaviour and the prospects for their pupils.
Our ranking system uses 24 different government-approved measures, put together from the latest publicly-available data to rate schools in the region, including schools in Northumberland , County Durham , Sunderland , Gateshead and Newcastle .
We have combined them using a special formula to give each school an overall rating out of 100 – as well as star ratings in the four key categories of attainment, teaching, behaviour and outcomes.
National league tables only look at GCSE results – which may mean schools which help all pupils make progress, but only get slightly better than average results overall, are overlooked.
Map: Find your local school below
More detail about how we rated the schools
Our ranking system aims to give a far more sophisticated measure of how good schools are – and provide parents with a better idea of which schools will help their child prosper, no matter what their background is.