John Catt school guidebooks

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At John Catt, we have a long and proud history of helping families in the UK and overseas find the right independent school for their children.

Our guidebooks have built a reputation for quality and accuracy and we have worked with hundreds of private schools in more than half a century of publishing.

Which School? is the oldest and most authoritative guide to independent schools in the UK, having first been published in 1924. It features details of every independent school in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as information on associations, organisations and curricula. Leading figures from the sector write articles for the guidebook each year. It is printed in A4 landscape cover, with a hardback cover and published every October.

To order the latest edition of Which School? please visit the John Catt Bookshop.

Which London School? & the South-East contains everything you need to know about independent schools in Greater London and the South-East.

It has a directory with information on day, boarding and nursery schools, international schools, as well as specialist and sixth form schools and colleges in Greater London, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Berkshire. It also features editorial articles focused on the region and information on associations and organisations. It is published in April.

To order the latest edition of Which London School? & the South-East please visit the John Catt Bookshop.

John Catt’s Preparatory Schools is the one-stop resource for those considering preparatory education, helping parents looking to place their child in a prep or junior school in town or country, whether it be a boys’, girls’, or coeducational school, day or boarding and possibly with a senior school attached, or with pre-prep and nursery departments.

It provides parents with basic information about all the independent prep and junior schools in the UK, and includes more detailed information from selected schools. It also features editorial on the latest initiatives and developments in preparatory education and information on relevant associations and organisations. It is published in February/March.

To order the latest edition of John Catt's Preparatory Schools please visit the John Catt Bookshop.

Which School? for Special Needs is a guide to independent and non-maintained schools and colleges of further education in Britain for pupils with sensory, physical, learning, social, emotional & behavioural difficulties, or dyslexia. 

It provides advice and information for parents looking for a special needs school and for local authorities placing children into specialist provision. It is published in May/June.

To order the latest edition of Which School? for Special Needs please visit the John Catt Bookshop.