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


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.


Pre-School - New Beginnings -



The children in Pre-School have had a wonderful start to the new term as you can see from all these gorgeous photographs. Activities enjoyed already have included daily class calendar time, sharing books together, enjoying construction and, a very magical time singing our focus rhyme of the week Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in the dark complete with fairy lights! In addition the children have had the opportunity to experience remote learning through zoom specialist lessons in French, PE and Music. As you can see 2021 is already proving to be fun and exciting for the Pre School!


Form 3 -



Miss Probert writes:

This week Form 3 have been writing character descriptions based on the character of ‘Grandma’ from George’s marvellous medicine. The children brainstormed ideas, focusing on powerful adjectives, similes and quotations and then wrote their descriptions.

Mrs Ola and I have been immensely proud of the work they have produced. Well done Form 3.

Below are some examples of our character descriptions:

Grandma is as stinky as a trash bin. She is a grumpy old hag and as old as an ancient artefact. Unblinking eyes, and a frosty smile, she is as skinny as a skeleton. She is disagreeable with George, Grandmother is even more horrible than Georges worst nightmare.

 As always, she is extremely wicked and rude.  She is as skinny as a spiders leg and as lazy as a sloth. Wicked eyes and a small puckered up mouth like a dog’s bottom.

 Usually Grandma’s are lovely and kind. However this one she’s as stubborn as a verruca. She was always ‘grumbling, grouching, griping, grousing’ at George. Her bright wicked eyes were always staring at George creepily.


Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update

For parents of prospective pupils, who would like to visit Bassett House, we would like to invite you to visit the school in individual family groups or via an online video call. This is dependent on updated Government guidelines and regulations. Kindly contact Kirsten Crossland, the School's Admissions and Marketing Manager, who is happy to arrange a meeting for you with our Headmistress, Mrs Cawthorne. You will be given a presentation about the school and she will answer any questions you may have. If you have any further queries, please email: registrar@bassetths.org.uk

We hope that all in our community keep safe and well and look forward to hearing from you.