Bassett House - Mrs Cawthorne reading with pupils

Headmistress's Welcome

Welcome to Bassett House

Welcome to Bassett House School, we are a leading co-ed prep school for boys and girls aged 3-11 in Notting Hill, West London, known for its nurturing and inclusive ethos, and outstanding academic results.

I’ve yet to meet a child who isn’t naturally curious and we take pride in the fact that our job is to develop this curiosity so it develops into a lifelong love of learning. We achieve this through a curriculum intertwined with creativity, encouragement and reward whilst we ensure every child feels safe, secure and nurtured.

Bassett House School’s outstanding characteristic is its warm and welcoming atmosphere. I believe a teacher’s enthusiasm is infectious, and can safely say this culture resonates strongly at Bassett House School. Through an enticing mix of lessons and activities we inspire all our pupils to be inquisitive about the world and to recognise its endless possibilities.

I would like to invite you to visit Bassett House School, where you can meet me and some of the teachers and most importantly, see the children in action. Their confidence and enthusiasm is something you need to experience for yourself. To obtain a prospectus, have a chat or arrange a visit, please do telephone the school office 020 8969 0313 or contact the school by email at info@bassetths.org.uk

Philippa Cawthorne

ISI Inspection report 2019
Bassett Review 2020


Meet Mrs Kelly Gray - new Headmistress at Bassett House School

We are thrilled to share the exciting news of Bassett House’s new Headteacher, to succeed Mrs Cawthorne when she steps down to focus on building a portfolio career in education.

Following a comprehensive and competitive recruitment process, the panel was unanimous in selecting Mrs Kelly Gray – currently Deputy Head and DSL at Ecole Jacques Prevert, an outstanding international and highly-bilingual school in Brook Green – as the next Headteacher of Bassett House. Mrs Gray will be joining Bassett House School after the summer bank holiday for a thorough handover period and will start as Headteacher in September 2021.

With many years’ experience leading in London prep schools and beyond – including seven years successfully leading Thomas’s Kensington to raise standards in curriculum, pastoral care and assessment for learning, as well as being the founding Deputy Head of an oversubscribed trust-run school in Balham – Mrs Gray’s demonstrable understanding of the unique character of Bassett House, and her commitment to nurturing its special, family feel shone through. Her focus on pastoral care, underpinned by her strong educational principles, make her an excellent next leader for Bassett House.

Under Mrs Cawthorne, Bassett House has developed an outstanding reputation for delivering an individualised education to its pupils, where every child is nurtured and able to flourish. With her dedication to providing an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment, Mrs Gray shares these ideals and will continue to foster a happy and thriving community at Bassett House.  Kelly said she knew Bassett House was the school she wanted to lead as soon as she walked through the doors and met Bassett’s exceptional pupils and dedicated staff.

Bassett House teacher and pupils art lesson

The school day

A day in the life at Bassett House

Students may arrive as early as 7:45am for before-school wraparound care. Supervised by a teacher, this allows them to have breakfast, play games and read.

The school day begins at 8:30am, when we take the register and have assembly on Wednesdays and Fridays, where we recognise achievement, learn and sing together as a school.

In the mornings, we focus on the core subjects of English and Maths, followed by a break time at around 11:00am, which is staggered depending on age. Lunch is served at 12:00pm or 1:00pm.

The afternoons generally have a lighter feel, with Art and Reading as highlights. The school day typically ends between 3:30pm to 4:05pm, nursery children may build up to this slowly.

After-school clubs run Monday to Thursday for children in Reception to Year 6 which extends the day for children attending those clubs to 5:00pm. Wraparound care then continues every afternoon to 5:45pm.

Bassett House School two children with ipads

And every day, everywhere, our children spread their dreams beneath our feet. And we should tread softly

Sir Ken Robinson


What they say about our school


Tatler 2020 (article)
“This non-selective favourite nes­tled in Ladbroke Grove has just unveiled a new 3,500 sq ft build­ing and outdoor area without increasing pupil numbers – quite something for a central London school. The pastoral care is excellent too – there are off-timetable enrichment sessions, an in-house life coach and peace lilies ( which, according to NASA, purify the air) placed in every classroom. Recent leavers have won scholarships to Latymer Upper and City of London School for Girls, and, reportedly, the only complaint pupils have is that the school day ends too early”.

ISI (read full report)
Pupils of all abilities, including children in the EYFS, show excellent achievement overall. The quality of pupils’ personal development is outstanding. It is strongly supported by the school’s excellent pastoral care. The governors, management and leadership are outstanding, ensuring that the school is highly successful in achieving its aims.

School publications
We publish a yearly Review, packed with news about everything going on at Bassett House. You could also sample the latest school news on our Parents page. Or watch our Video.

The most important voices, the children

Bassett House’s teachers are wonderful because they give everybody a chance to shine.

There are wonderful opportunities for all pupils and there are fantastic trips.

“At Bassett House, no matter what you are good at, the teachers will support you throughout your time here”

“I love the school because there are always exciting challenges in all areas of the curriculum.”

I love Bassett House because we have the opportunity to be creative in every subject.”

Latest News

This week at Bassett House School

This is an extract from our latest online newsletter which you can read here.

We also publish on social media. See the footer of this website for links.


Virtual Open House

For parents of prospective pupils, who would like to visit Bassett House, we would like to invite you to join us at our upcoming Virtual Open House on Tuesday, 6 July 2021 from 5 - 6pm. Kindly register here.

These will be held regularly, so watch this space.