It is essential you visit any school you are considering for your child.
We hold open mornings twice a year on a Saturday to allow visitors to see our school. The next open day is on 7 October 2017, from 10am to 12.30pm. Alternatively, once you have registered your child, Mrs Cawthorne (the headmistress) would love to give you a private tour during the school week so that you can see us in action and ask all the questions you have.
Visits may be arranged through the school office by telephoning 020 8969 0313 or by emailing email@example.com.
For location details and a map see the Contact Us page.
The choice of a school is one of the most important decisions parents will take for their child and it has to be right. Our prospectus (available in soft copy here, or in hard copy by emailing the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org) can give you only a flavour of Bassett House. We encourage you to come and see for yourself.
Children normally enter the school in the autumn term (starting early in September) unless a place becomes available at other times. They start either in the Den aged 3 or in Lower 1 (our reception year) aged 4. We do not assess children joining the school in the Den or who join Lower 1 in the autumn term at the age of 3 or 4.
Places occasionally become available for older children. If you are looking for a place for your child after the start of Lower 1 (the September when your child is 4), please before registering contact us to find out whether a place might be available for your child.
If a place is available, you will need to register your child. After registration, where a child wants to join Lower 1 in the spring or summer term, before any offer is made we offer a taster session to allow the teacher to gauge whether there might be any significant behavioural issues which could disrupt the chemistry of the class.
For older children going into later year groups, the school will assess your child’s level of attainment (focusing on mathematics and English) to determine whether your child will be a good fit for the class. This is to judge whether your child will be able to fully access the curriculum that the intended class is following. (If not, your child might struggle, which would not be a good outcome.)
The final decision whether or not to offer a place always rests with the headmistress.
To give your child the chance of attending Bassett House, you first need to register them. To do this, fill in our ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM and pay a registration fee of £100. You can pay the fee online by debit or credit card (via a secure payment provider). The school will always acknowledge receipt of a new registration, so if you have not heard back from the school within a day or two after registering, please follow up with us. (During the school holidays, we may take longer to acknowledge a new registration.) Once you have registered your child, you will be invited to tour the school with Mrs Cawthorne, the headmistress.
To benefit from the school’s sibling policy (explained below), you must register the sibling of a child already at Bassett House within one month of birth or no later than the date the older child starts at Bassett House.
Places are offered first to registered siblings of children already at the school (or who have accepted a place), in order of registration. Other children are offered places in the order in which children for that year group were registered, so the earlier you register your child, the more likely he/she is to be offered a place. Offers are sent out by post approximately 16 months before the child is due to start at Bassett House.
To accept a place offered for your child, you must:
Return the acceptance form, agreeing to the terms of the contract with the school.
If your child will be going into the Den (the nursery) at age 3, make a payment of the amount indicated on the offer letter, which will be equivalent to a term’s fees at the time the offer is sent.
If your child is going into any other year (from the reception year (Lower 1) to year 6 inclusive), make a payment of the amount indicated in the offer letter, which will be equivalent to half a term’s fees at the time the offer is sent. You will then need to make a further payment of the same amount in the February before your child is due to start at Bassett House. (The school will write to you beforehand to remind you that it will be collecting this further payment by direct debit.)
Allow the school to collect by direct debit on the first day of your child’s first term at Bassett House, the balance of fees for the first term at the rate that then applies, along with a deposit of £1,000. (The school will return the deposit to you when your child leaves Bassett House, so long as the school has received payment of all monies due.)
If you have any questions about any aspect of admission, please contact the school’s registrar, Mrs Demetriades, by emailing email@example.com or by calling +44 20 8969 0313.
This is a summary of key points. The full Admissions Policy of the school is available via this link:
The Den (nursery): mornings only (5 mornings each week)*
The Den: optional afternoon attendance (per day per week)
Lower 1 (Reception)*, Forms 1 and 2
Forms 3, 4, 5 and 6
The fees under SCHEME T are payable in a single lump sum collected by direct debit on the first day of term.
The fees under SCHEME M are payable in four equal instalments collected by direct debit as follows:
AUTUMN TERM – the first working day of August, September, October and November.
SPRING TERM – the first working day of December, January, February and March.
SUMMER TERM – the first working day of April, May, June and July.
(Charges for any extras, for example optional subjects, are added to the second instalment.)
A deposit of £2,500 is payable upon entry to the school. This is returned when the child leaves the school, subject to the school having received payment of all sums due to it.
*LOCAL AUTHORITY GRANT AND CHILDCARE VOUCHERS: For children under 5 years of age on the first day of the month in which a term begins, the fees shown above will be reduced by the amount of the Local Authority Grant (otherwise known as the Minimum Funding Entitlement or Nursery Education Grant) (£1,005.55 for the Summer Term 2017) paid by the local authority to the school. Because the administration of the Local Authority Grant scheme by a school is a complex burden, not all schools participate in the scheme but Bassett House chooses to do so as a service to the parents of our youngest children. How much longer the school will continue to do this cannot be guaranteed, although the school intends to continue to participate in the scheme for as long as reasonably possible. Where such grant is paid to the school, the actual fees payable to the school by parents for the Summer Term 2017 are therefore £1,784.45 (Scheme M) or £1,729.45 (Scheme T) for a child in the Den attending mornings only, and £4,574.45 (Scheme M) or £4,464.45 (Scheme T) for a child in the Den attending all day and for a child in Lower 1.
The school accepts most companies’ childcare vouchers in part payment of the fees to the end of the term in which the child attains age 5. It expects also to be able to accept payments under the government’s tax-free childcare scheme to be introduced from September 2017.
Charges for optional subjects, clubs etc
MUSIC (INDIVIDUAL LESSONS)
Piano, singing, guitar, violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, drum kit and creative music
(ten lessons each of 30 minutes) £232
Recorder (ten lessons each of 20 minutes) £160
BALLET/DANCE (ten group lessons each of 30 minutes) £139
PRE-SCHOOL AND AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS from £111
SPECIAL NEEDS TUITION Each half-hour from £32
NOTE: Fees are inclusive of mid-morning milk and lunch (except for those children in the Den who attend for mornings only) and most outings but do not include any residential trips.
House Schools Trust is an independent charity that raises funds and awards means-tested scholarships to bright and promising children whose parents would not otherwise be able to consider sending them to an independent fee-paying school. Means-tested scholarships are available, as funds permit, for children aged 7+. Candidates must currently be attending a state school and must have the right to reside in the UK. The scholarships are for places at one of the three schools in the House Schools Group, Bassett House in North Kensington, Orchard House in Chiswick and Prospect House in Putney. For more information, please visit houseschoolstrust.org.