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. I hope this website gives a flavour of what our school is all about.

I’ve yet to meet a child who isn’t naturally curious. Sometimes this instinct lies dormant, but it’s always there. Our job is to develop this curiosity so it becomes a lifelong love of learning. We achieve this through a regime of creativity, encouragement and reward; but firstly we need to make sure every child feels safe, secure and welcome. I would say Bassett House School’s outstanding characteristic is its warm and nurturing atmosphere.

I believe a teacher’s enthusiasm is infectious, and can safely say we’re not lacking in that department at Bassett. 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, where you can meet me and some of the teachers but, 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

Philippa Cawthorne

ISI Inspection report 2019


Our Ethos

Every child can learn to fly

Bassett House happy girl

Our outstanding results repeatedly show that all children can learn to fly, regardless of early learning ability.

Great minds think for themselves; nurturing individuality is at the heart of our teaching. We believe tailor-made teaching opens up young minds to endless possibilities, and that a growth mindset approach encourages children to think creatively and form their own ideas.

Our pupils mostly call it having fun.
We call it being the best they can be.

A full statement of the school’s ethos and aims is available here.

Bassett House teacher and pupils art lesson

The school day

A day in the life at Bassett House

Some children arrive at 7.45am for before-school wraparound care, where they have breakfast, and play games and read, supervised by a teacher.

School proper begins at 8.30am, when we take the register and usually have assembly, where we learn and sing together as a school, and reward achievement.

In the mornings we tend to do the core subjects of English and maths, alongside others such as music, PE, science, computing and French.

We have a break time around 11am, which varies depending on age, and lunch at 12.30 or 1.30pm.

The afternoons generally have a lighter feel, with art and reading to the fore.

The school day ends at 3.30 or 4.05pm (dependent on age – and 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 5pm, and wraparound care 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. Deputy Head David Wingfield (who apparently made a fabulous dame in the staff panto­mime) recently introduced the Singapore maths method to the school, and one impressed re­searcher described him as ‘one of the most assiduous and motivated teachers’ she had ever met. 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.


Form 3 - Ancient Greeks



Mrs Slade writes:

Form 3 have been very busy this week in their art lessons creating scratch art geometric patterns on a Greek pot which links in with their history topic this term on the Ancient Greeks.


Form 1S - Healthy eating!



Mrs Slade writes:

Form 1S have been sampling lots of delicious healthy food as part of their DT project which has cross-curricular links with science and PSHE.


Clubs - Street Dance and Hip Hop club on Wednesdays



All the clubs got off to a flying start this week and what a huge variety of before and after school clubs there are on offer this term.

The older children in the popular Street Dance and Hip Hop club thoroughly enjoyed their first session learning some energetic dance moves! There is no doubt that having a properly sprung floor and a state of the art sound system in Performing Arts Studio at The Dairy is proving invaluable to ballet lessons, dance lessons and performances in general.


The Den - A wonderful start to the spring term!



Mrs Whiting writes:

The children in the Den have got 2020 off to a flying start, welcoming both new friends into the class and catching up with familiar faces from last term. They have particularly enjoyed sharing the new garden with their friends. The children have explored the iPads in ICT, and have started learning about rhyming words with their topic of Nursery Rhymes. The children have enjoyed using paint and collage to make lovely Incy Wincy pictures.

Should any parent of a child in the Den wish to come in and share some favourite nursery rhymes with the children we would be delighted to see them. Please put a message in your child’s message book to let me know.