New Delhi: Six schools from the national capital have been rated among the best 10 institutions of child education in a country-wide survey which has placed the Shri Ram School, Delhi, at the top.

Over 2,000 parents, principals, teachers and educationists voted their preference among more than 400 best known schools in 16 cities in the EducationWorld-C fore Schools Survey 2011.

The Shri Ram School pipped Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai to be ranked number one in the country.

The poll asked respondents to vote among 404 schools in three categories -- day, boarding and international schools.

Rishi Valley School, Chittoor, was rated as the best boarding school, and Woodstock School, Mussoorie, the best in the international category.

The other schools in the national capital that made it to the top ten day school category were Vasant Valley (fourth), Springdales (fifth), and Sanskriti, DPS RK Puram, and Mother's International a joint sixth.

 "This year's league tables indicate a distinct shift in the mood of the informed public in favour of alternate-style education," said Dilip Thakore, Editor of EducationWorld.

 "All schools offering broad-based education with special focus on environmental education and spiritual development have risen in public esteem," he said.

The overall third spot in the day school category was shared jointly by Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore and Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School, Chennai.

Among the other top 10 are Vidya Niketan, Bangalore, Smt Sulochana Devi Singhania School, Thane, Gitanjali School, Hyderabad, Campion School, Mumbai and Step by Step, Noida.

Parametres laid out were faculty, individual attention to students, academic reputation, quality of co-curricular and sports education and disabled friendliness.