History

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. Today there are over 300 boys and girls at Prospect House School.

In February 2020, Prospect House, together with Bassett House and Orchard House, they all became part of Dukes Education.

Prospect House playground - girls playing with leaves

Premises

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 Dukes education

Governance

Prospect 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, Prospect 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. 

Aatif Hassan is the Chairman of Prospect House and he can be contacted by email: aatif.hassan@dukeseducation.com  

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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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