Mrs Cawthorne and pupils

The confidence and enthusiasm of our pupils is something you need to see for yourself

Headmistress Mrs Cawthorne

Our headmistress

Headmistress's Welcome

Welcome to Bassett House

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 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

Mrs Philippa Cawthorne

Read our ISI report

And every day, everywhere, our children spread their dreams beneath our feet. And we should tread softly

Sir Ken Robinson

Ethos in Action

Close relationships nurture individuality

Boy with iPad

Bassett House School was formerly a family home and retains a happy, welcoming atmosphere, starting at the front door where the headmistress or a senior staff member greets each child by name every morning.

Currently we have approximately 200 pupils and 39 teaching staff, allowing each child a great deal of individual attention. It is very rare there are more than 20 pupils in any class, and in the early years there are three teaching adults in attendance. Small group and 1:1 sessions are commonplace.

Teachers take lunch with the children and our extensive extra-curricular activities allow teachers and pupils to interact in a more informal atmosphere.

Our school is a place where every child feels valued and gains the confidence to fly.

Teacher in class

Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning

Robert John Meehan

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/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.



The history of Bassett House School

Bassett House School was founded in 1947 by Sylvia Rentoul, with just 6 pupils.

In those days there was a more regimented approach to education and the prevailing belief that ‘children should be seen but not heard’.

Conversely, Sylvia Rentoul passionately believed children should be encouraged to express themselves, and teaching should be both supportive and challenging, but above all, must take into account the individual needs of each child.

One of Sylvia’s grandchildren is currently a school governor, and Sylvia’s visionary philosophy not only endures but flourishes at Bassett House School to this day.

Ours is an intimate and happy school and has approximately 200 children across eight year groups. It has two sister schools: Orchard House School in Chiswick and Prospect House School in Putney.

Collectively we form the House Schools Group, each school sharing a common ethos but retaining its own unique personality.

Bassett House


Our school premises

Formerly a large family residence, the school’s main building was built in the late 19th century in the leafy streets of North Kensington. 60 Bassett Road was substantially purpose re-built in 2001, whilst holding true to the Victorian architectural principles of large, bright and airy rooms (though heated, lit and ventilated to 21st century standards). It now houses some ten classrooms and various play areas, including an outside play area.

The school’s premises also include the large hall at St Helen’s Church just round the corner, providing a professional stage and assembly hall/gymnasium, three classrooms, a custom-built kitchen and a garden play area.

The school has recently acquired an additional building in St Helen’s Gardens which once renovated will provide an additional four classrooms, a basement music/drama studio and smaller group tutorial spaces. There will also be scooter and bike storage. The proposed layout can be viewed via the link below.

Our location allows us to walk to excellent nearby facilities including the Westway Sports Centre, Kensington Memorial Park and Kindred Studios (art studios used by professional artists).

  • Within easy reach of Ladbroke Grove and Latimer Road underground (Circle or Hammersmith and City lines)
  • Nearby bus routes: 7, 23, 52, 70, 295, 316 and 452
  • Car sharing for pupils is encouraged via assistance from our parents’ association
  • We participate in an award scheme for scooting and walking to school
Plans for 73 St Helen’s Gardens

Member of IAPS

Bassett House School is a member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) which is a constituent body of the Independent Schools Council (ISC). The school is rigorously inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

IAPS Excellence in Education

Gym group with teacher

None of us is as smart as all of us

Ken Blanchard

About House Schools Group

Why three schools can be better than one

Bassett House School, Prospect House School and Orchard House School form a family of schools called House Schools Group (HSG).

Drawing on our extensive experience (Bassett House School was founded in 1947) all three schools collaborate closely, sparking off new ideas to promote ever more successful teaching practices.

Collaboration is particularly strong in computing where our IT director works closely across the group developing the use of iPads, using creative and management apps.

HSG’s experienced board of governors undertake many administrative tasks, freeing all the heads and teachers to spend more time doing what they do best: teaching children to fly.

Whilst sharing a common ethos, each school retains its own unique character, largely created by the headmistress and the teaching team. We invite you to come and get to know Bassett House School better, and experience its ethos in action.

House Schools TrusT BURSARIES