Bassett House School Art - A pupil moulds a clay head

Children are not things to be moulded but people to be unfolded

Jess Lair

Bassett House individual teaching

Educational Philosophy

No two children are the same

Every child learns differently. Accordingly we embrace different teaching methods including Montessori (for younger children), visual, auditory and kinaesthetic, the mastery approach to learning, particularly in mathematics, and Visible Learning strategies.

The scope to cherry-pick from these various methods, combined with small class sizes, allows us to tailor our teaching approach to each individual child.

Our children benefit from being in an environment where girls and boys learn from each other. Life is co-ed.

This dynamic is particularly beneficial when we set children challenging tasks, or encourage them to work (and play) in teams.

Importantly they are taught mistakes are not failures, but a positive sign they are trying. And that their efforts will always be encouraged, regardless of the outcome.

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Individual Support

Our philosophy in action

The timing and level of every child’s learning development differs hugely. We believe screening children in their primary school years can be inaccurate, hence we have a non-selective point of entry embracing a rich diversity of abilities.

Our teachers are highly adept at varying resources and teaching styles ensuring all children feel included and make excellent progress in mixed ability groups. Educational techniques such as Growth Mindset and Critical Thinking encourage the children to develop as individuals and be self-motivated. We use Bassett Bear to make the Mastery approach to learning fun and accessible. 

Our More Able and Talented programme gives children gifted in a particular discipline their own personalised plan of development.

We also offer Learning Support to children when a learning difficulty is suspected or detected.

We are proud of our diverse multicultural school community and there is a great deal of support for children whose first language is not English (EAL).

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Early Years

Early Years

The key to successful learning in the early years is to teach children without them realising they are being taught. At Bassett House learning is seamlessly interwoven into the fabric of our pupils’ exciting day-to-day experiences, which feature an endless supply of stimulating learning resources, which are mostly physical or visually engaging at this early stage.

We also embrace selected aspects of the Montessori philosophy in the early years.

Children develop their reading skills at very different times in the early years, and we use Phonics at an early stage, along with daily reading with each child, to help every pupil progress at a suitable pace.

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Checking progress

At Bassett, we make it abundantly clear that any child who makes an effort is doing well. We use informal assessment, including encouraging children to assess their own progress, in the classroom.

Of course we conduct regular testing to closely but unobtrusively monitor children’s development, and report frequently back to parents.

We believe homework can be homeplay, and often set simple pre-teaching tasks. We never want to overburden children with work outside school.

Yet we know from our many years of experience how much homework enables children to achieve their best, including in the 11+ exams.

Our Staff

Meet our teachers

All teachers at Bassett House School share one firm belief: nurturing individuality is the most empathetic and effective way of encouraging a growth mindset.

To ensure personal attention, the ratio of staff to pupils is high. Without exception our teachers are highly qualified and ably supported by our carefully chosen team of teaching assistants.

We have an extensive range of specialist teachers covering maths, English, science, computing, French, music, physical education, art and design technology, Eurhythmics, Latin and dance.

Other highly-trained staff are available to identify and support children who may display specific learning needs. If appropriate, specialist staff such as speech therapists are also available to work with pupils.

We remain focused on giving every pupil the best chance of fulfilling their ability.