“The confidence and enthusiasm of our pupils is something you need to see for yourself”
Headmistress Mrs Cawthorne
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.
“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
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.
“Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning”
Robert John Meehan
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.
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.
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 had two sister schools: Orchard House School in Chiswick and Prospect House School in Putney.
In February 2020, Bassett House, together with Prospect House and Orchard House, they all became part of Dukes Education.
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 opened an additional building in St Helen’s Gardens: The Dairy (as it used to be a dairy). It houses our Early Years pupils (the Den and Lower 1) in three light and spacious classrooms and provides a large interactive learning zone. In addition we have a basement music/drama studio for the use of the whole school, together with smaller group tutorial spaces. There is also scooter and bike storage.
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
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).
“None of us is as smart as all of us”
About Dukes Education
Bassett House is part of Dukes Education.
Dukes Education is a family of schools and education organisations based in the UK. We bring together schools that are diverse in their offering and yet united as outstanding examples of teaching and learning.
Our philosophy is to support each individual to live with purpose, to encourage a love of learning and to act as a team. All of this is underpinned by a quality standard that runs through everything we do. We believe that education is a journey to be enjoyed and shared at every stage of life, unlocking extraordinary possibilities for every pupil.
As part of Dukes, Bassett House continues to lead on all decisions and retain its independence. Dukes adds to this the benefit of the collective, providing security and support, a platform for sharing best practice, and the reassurance of a host of all-through education options.