My philosophy on education is simple: a happy child is happy to learn

Headmaster Mr Hodge

Head's Welcome

Welcome to Prospect House

Every child’s potential develops more readily when they feel safe, valued and happy. I am delighted our pupils thrive in the warm atmosphere of Prospect House where humour and laughter go hand in hand with serious study.

Years of teaching have taught me that every child is great at something. At Prospect House we celebrate these strengths, encouraging children to excel. Every small success leads to greater confidence and self-belief.

We have high academic expectations for all of our pupils and place great value on effort, ensuring that they have the necessary tools to succeed.

A notable percentage of our pupils gain scholarships. All go on to prestigious senior schools armed with the enthusiasm and self-confidence which is the hallmark of a Prospect House pupil.

I can honestly say our children love coming to school and I warmly invite you to come and meet me, my team and our pupils.

Please telephone 020 8246 4897 or email

Michael Hodge

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Prospect House School toys

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

Prospect House School shaking hands

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

Currently we have approximately 310 pupils and a staff ratio of 1:7 allows each child a great deal of individual attention. In the early years there are three teaching adults in each class and higher up the school small sets for maths and English allows very focused teaching. Additional small group and 1:1 sessions are commonplace.

Our extensive extra-curricular activities allow teachers and pupils to interact in a more informal atmosphere outside of the classroom. Bonds between staff and children are strong.

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

Prospect House School art

Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning

Robert John Meehan

Our Staff

Meet our teachers

All teachers at Prospect House School share one firm belief: nurturing individuality is the most empathetic and effective way of teaching children to fly.

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, computing, French, music, physical education, art/design technology and Latin.

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.

Prospect House School sport - netball


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.


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

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).

IAPS Excellence in education

None of us is as smart as all of us

Ken Blanchard

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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