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Preparatory Schools 2012 March 1, 2012

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Independent Education, New releases.

We are delighted to say that the 2012 edition of John Catt’s Preparatory Schools is now available. With a fantastic new front cover design, this essential reference book carries details of over 1500 independent prep and junior schools in the UK providing education for 2-13 year-olds.

The guide also features a foreword by Tim Johns, chairman of the Independent Association of Prep Schools and Headmaster of The Hawthorns Prep School in Surrey. Here’s an extract:

In a world where change is the norm, the need for a balance between core knowledge and investigative skills has never been more acute. Pupils need to be literate, numerate and culturally intelligent. Equally they need to have the curiosity, desire to learn and transferability of skills, to equip them for a very uncertain future. This may involve integrating into senior schools, developing self disciplines for effective further education or moving out of comfort zones when the competitive world of work looms. Prep schools have the scope to introduce an extensive range of skills in a holistic and embryonic way, so that aspects such as resilience, compassion and a ‘can do’ attitude are at the core of pupils’ experience.

A recent UK survey conducted for the ISC revealed that 54% of parents would send their children to an independent school if they could afford to, whilst 12% had actually attended one themselves. Despite the recession we are seeing a flight to quality. This quality is assured objectively through robust inspection processes, which serve as valuable developmental tools for schools, too. Prep schools have a justifiable reputation in respect of their provision for modern languages, the sciences and classics, which all provide a backbone for academic rigour. Similarly, learning to appreciate and work with nature (eg through the ‘Forest Schools’ initiative) as well as manipulating the fascinating,

Preparatory Schools 2012available to buy from the John Catt Bookshop – is an authoritative reference guide for parents, educators and administrators – anyone with an interest in prep and junior education in the UK. It is an ideal place to promote your school to a highly-targeted readership. Please contact us for more information on how to feature.



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