‘A hidden gem in Notting Hill that was founded with the aim of providing an environment for children to learn through self-discovery. Leavers from this non-selective school not only have a real zest for life, but they also care about their table manners (a golden spoon is awarded to the more polite eaters). Bassett House does well academically and saw unbeaten seasons in netball last year, but may we also draw your attention to the clubs: a barbershop group called the Bassettones, Strictly Scottish Dancing, Artrepreneurs (where children create imaginative objects that are sold for charity), a radio show, Cooking by Numbers, which caught the eye of both Nigella Lawson and Nadiya Hussain on Twitter. Bassett House is quickly becoming one of the most nurturing and creative prep schools in west London’.
Bassett House provides a thorough grounding in the usual educational subjects. In the past 3 years, scholarships at leading London senior schools have been awarded to Bassett House children for art, sport, drama and academic excellence.The children are prepared with great success for the entrance examinations to leading day and boarding schools, winning offers from schools such as:
City of London
City of London School for Girls
Francis Holland (Regent’s Park)
Francis Holland (Sloane Square)
Godolphin & Latymer
Mill Hill (Belmont prep)
Notting Hill & Ealing
St Augustine’s Priory
St James Senior Girls’
South Hampstead High
We take great care to advise parents from an early stage on the school which would best suit their child’s ability and personality and we receive excellent feedback from senior schools about the achievements and success of former pupils.
“I really like that all the teachers are kind, helpful and understanding”
Beatrix – 8 years
“History is the best subject in the school because we learn about cool stuff, like Ancient Egypt”
Ned – 7 years
“I like art at Bassett House because it is very creative and I’m very creative”
Beau – 5 years
“At Bassett House my favourite thing to do is science because we used our senses and became science detectives”
Felix – 7 years
“I really like the food!”
Leo – 7 years
“I like playtime because at playtime you can take out toys to play with and make new best friends”
Cosima – 5 years
“I like how everybody respects each other and it is easy to make friends”
Gene – 9 years
“At Bassett House, no matter what you are good at, the teachers will support you throughout your time here”
Former pupil Monica – 11 years
What the independent inspectors think of us
Bassett House School is routinely inspected by the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate). The inspection team inspects almost every aspect of the school. The ISI has recently adopted a split-inspection regime, concentrating on regulatory compliance in one inspection (where no value judgements are made) and the quality of education in a separate inspection on a three-yearly cycle.
Bassett House had its last full inspection (covering the quality of education as well as regulatory compliance) in December 2010 and the ISI made the following judgements about the school. In November 2016 the school had a regulatory compliance inspection. In accordance with its regulatory framework, the ISI did not make any comment on the provision at Bassett House but determined that it met every standard required.
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.
Quality of academic and other achievements
From the EYFS onwards, the pupils’ overall achievement is excellent… Pupils demonstrate excellent levels of understanding, knowledge and skills across the full range of the curriculum… Standards are excellent… The curriculum is excellent and has a positive impact on the pupils’ achievement and their personal development… Overall, the teaching is good and frequently outstanding.
Quality of the pupils’ personal development
The quality of pupils’ personal development is outstanding. It is a significant strength of the school, and strongly reflects its aims to provide a family ethos and sense of community in which pupils will flourish as confident individuals.
The pupils’ spiritual development is excellent… their moral development is strong.
The effectiveness of governance, leadership and management
The governance of the school is… outstanding. The quality of leadership and management is outstanding. Strong leadership and efficient management at all levels have ensured that the school is highly successful in achieving its aims.
The quality of links with parents and the community
The quality of links with parents, carers and guardians …is outstanding. A particular strength of the school is the way in which it deals most carefully with all parental concerns.
Health and safety of pupils
The school’s arrangements for the welfare, health and safety of the pupils are outstanding.
The ICT Mark is a national accreditation scheme which gives schools recognition for their achievements in using technology to deliver excellent learning. Over 1,000 schools in the UK have achieved the ICT Mark and thousands more are working towards it.
We’ve long been accredited with the ICT Mark.