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.


Message from Mrs Cawthorne -



During the recent Covid-19 pandemic, we have all had to learn new skills and I am full of admiration for the way our children and staff adapted to online learning so quickly and effectively. Our Bassett House values of resilience and perseverance came to the fore and new challenges were tackled head on and conquered.

It has been wonderful to be able to welcome all children back to school before the end of the summer term and to have an injection of normality with the entertaining musical productions of Alice in Wonderland from Form 3 and Grease from Form 6. I have missed our rich extra-curricular provision in recent weeks although earlier in the year there were many musical, artistic and sporting highlights.

It is always hard to say goodbye to children who leave Bassett House, especially Form 6 who leave to take up their places at senior schools. They have learnt to be more independent and adaptable in recent weeks which will stand them in good stead for the future.

This year also sees David Wingfield leaving to take up his headship at Eaton House the Manor Pre-Prep. I couldn’t have asked for a more intelligent, hard-working, inspirational and fun deputy head and I know he will make a brilliant head.

It has been an extra-ordinary time but I am immensely proud of the children and staff at Bassett House: it has been a privilege working alongside them all during the coronavirus crisis. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank parents for their support and encouragement. As we look ahead to a new academic year, we can do so with pride, integrity and optimism for the future.

I hope you enjoy a wonderful summer holiday and I look forward to seeing the children on Thursday 3 September.


Sunflowers - Growing tall!



I gave the children and staff some sunflower seeds to see how they would grow during lockdown and congratulations to our Form 3 pupil who wins the pupil prize for the tallest sunflower and to our Early Years Coordinator who wins the staff prize!




Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update

For parents of prospective pupils, who would like to visit Bassett House, we are not yet able to invite you to visit the school in person. You may, however, contact Thalia Demetriades, the school registrar, who will be pleased to arrange an online meeting for you with our head, Mrs Cawthorne: you will be able to see a presentation about the school and she will be able to answer any questions you may have. If you have any further queries, please email: or

We hope that all in our community keep safe and well and thank you for your understanding during this time.