The history of Prospect House School

Prospect House’s sister school, Bassett House School in Notting Hill, was founded in 1947 by Sylvia Rentoul, with just 6 pupils. In those days there was a more regimented approach to education where the prevailing belief was that ‘children should be seen but not heard’. 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.

Prospect House was founded as a nursery in Barnes in the 1960s. In 1991 it became a preparatory school and relocated to our current premises in Putney. Embracing the ethos of Bassett House and its other sister school, Orchard House (in Chiswick), in 2001 it became a member of House Schools Group. 

Sylvia’s visionary philosophy not only endures but flourishes here at Prospect House, where one of her grandchildren is an active school governor. Today there are 310 boys and girls at Prospect House School.

Collectively the 3 schools form the House Schools Group, each school sharing a common ethos but retaining its own unique personality.

Prospect House playground - girls playing with leaves


Our school premises

Prospect House School sits at the top of Putney Hill opposite the open green space of Putney Heath. Due to the demand for places, an additional nearby building was acquired in 2012 and now houses the Lower School for younger pupils aged 3 – 7 years.

As both buildings were formerly substantial family residences, each retains a warm family atmosphere. The premises have been extended to create large classrooms full of natural daylight and each site has a school hall for gym, assemblies and concerts. They have their own kitchens serving home-made fresh food every day.

There are spacious outdoor areas and at the Upper School (children aged 7 to 11 years) there is a purpose-built all-weather sports pitch where fixtures with other schools take place.

Prospect House is very much part of the community and we also make full use of the wonderful local amenities. These include Dover House Road playing fields, Wimbledon Leisure Centre, Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common. Putney Heath directly opposite provides facilities for running clubs and orienteering.

• Within easy reach of Putney mainline and underground train services

• Excellent bus route links stopping within 50 metres of the school

• Sustainable travel plans and car sharing

About House Schools Group

Why three schools can be better than one

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

Drawing on our extensive experience (Bassett House was founded in 1947 and Prospect House in 1993) 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 head and the teaching team. We invite you to come and get to know Prospect House School better, and experience its ethos in action.

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Member of IAPS

Prospect 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).

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