I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you, despite it being a virtual one!
Every Head says their school is special, of course. But I truly believe that Bute House is different because of our unique non-competitive academic ethos, where no one girl is placed above another, combined with our tremendously supportive pastoral care.
Bute House girls are very much of the twenty first century and they will grow into the women who will make change happen in the world. We have our traditions, of course, but we look forwards, and not behind us, for our inspiration.
Bute House may not be for everyone – if you are looking for an environment where competing against others, being in a ‘top’ set or stream, and living on a diet of exams, tests and prizes are the norm, we are not the school for you.
‘Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are the most powerful weapons.’ Malala Yousafzai
A small gap in the wall reveals a courtyard and the way into Bute House. The School’s foundation stone was laid by parents in 1958 and can be seen here.
‘So you are very welcome to our house.’ William Shakespeare
The high-ceilinged atrium is always full of light. The vibrant and happy atmosphere is tangible immediately as you are welcomed into the School.
‘One cannot think, sleep, love well if one has not dined well.’ Virginia Woolf
Completed in 2019, this bright space provides an opportunity for girls from Reception upwards to hone their Food Technology skills and to understand the importance of a healthy diet. This space is also used for the wraparound care which is provided by the School’s chosen provider, Aktiva.
‘Play is the work of the child.’ Maria Montessori
An unusually large space for a London prep school, the playground and courts provide plenty of room for everyone to have fun. The pirate ship is a firm favourite, but sensitive planting and seating also provide quieter areas for those who need a little calm.
‘And so the adventure begins…’
This fantastically large space is where the girls who join at 4+ begin their journey through Bute House. A dedicated outdoor learning area completes this great classroom where the girls can enjoy continuous provision and settle into school life.
‘I didn’t just want to know the names of things. I remember really wanting to know how it all worked.’ Elizabeth Blackburn
Girls have lessons in the newly refurbished (2019) Science Laboratory from Year 4. The girls are taught in here by a specialist teacher and they relish the opportunity to engage in practical experiments, alongside theory, in the specially designed space.
‘Music is life. That’s why our hearts have beats.’ Cecily Morgan
Music is taught from Reception onwards by specialist staff. The Music Room was refurbished in 2019 and provides a space where the girls can learn and perform. In addition, smaller Music Rooms are used by peripatetic staff to teach girls individually.
‘The world was hers for the reading.’ Betty Smith
Our beautifully designed pods are an extension of the Library. These were created in 2019 and are used for all sorts of small group sessions, including Guided reading. Girls are often found curled up with a book in here; the pods are cosy spaces much loved by us all.
‘When in doubt, go to the library.’ JK Rowling
Colour and shape make this a truly welcoming space for the girls. We have a dedicated Librarian based here who loves to offer advice and guidance to the girls about reading material they might enjoy. Quiet moments are valued by all the girls in this soothing space.
‘Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.’ Flora Lewis
Girls at Bute House learn French and Spanish throughout their time here. Our specialist staff are native speakers and we are delighted to have two dedicated Foreign Languages’ Assistants who are also native speakers and support girls who are bilingual in these languages. We are very proud that over thirty different languages are spoken by the girls at Bute House and we celebrate these enthusiastically, along with the cultures and beliefs of the many different countries the girls are from.
‘You can start late, look different, be uncertain and still succeed.’ Misty Copeland
A high-spec facility where girls are taught by specialist Drama and Dance teachers, as well as a performance space. This Studio Theatre encourages pupils to express themselves and develop their knowledge and understanding of all aspects of performing arts.
‘I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.’ Frida Kahlo
The Art/DT Room has a New York loft-style feel, from the bespoke wallpaper to the metal gantry, where girls are inspired to unleash their creativity. Our specialist staff encourage the girls to express themselves using a whole range of media, including textiles, print and clay.
‘If there is a dream or a goal that you want, you have to go for it 100%. Give all you have for the goals that you have.’ Alia Atkinson.
The fantastic pool belongs to St Paul’s Girls’ School, but its location immediately adjacent to Bute House means we can make the very best use of it and, as with other sports, we lose no time travelling to and from external sports’ facilities. Swimming is a real passion for the girls and we enjoy huge success at local and national levels.
‘Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.’ Helen Keller
Our Hall is a multi-purpose space where we come together as a school for assemblies, concerts, plays and social events. It is also used for PE and our highly-successful Gymnastics Squads train and perform here. Additionally, it serves as our Dining Room, where the girls enjoy delicious food prepared by our on-site team.
‘Never limit yourself. We don’t know what our bodies can do and what our minds can achieve.’ Pamela Cookey (England Netball Player)
The Netball/Tennis courts provide on-site facilities for sports’ lessons and squad coaching. The field also gives us another tremendous space for athletics.
We will be releasing the dates for the upcoming Open Mornings when School reopens for the Autumn Term 2021. Once they are published, you will be able to book your place on this site.
These are at 4+ via a ballot and at 7+ through an assessment. Occasional places do arise but this does not happen often. We do not take girls into Years 5 and 6 except in very exceptional circumstances.
The assessment takes place in January of the year of entry (so the next one will be in January 2022) and is a very relaxed affair. The emphasis is on bringing out the best in your daughter, and seeing how she responds to a range of experiences. It is less about what your daughter already knows and more about how curious she is.
We want girls from all types of schools to apply to us. If your daughter is coping well with the curriculum at her current state school, she will be fine. The assessments are not formal exams – more like doing some fun lessons, and teachers are on hand to support and guide any applicant who is struggling in any way.
This is strongly discouraged and we ask you to tell us honestly if your daughter has been tutored. It may be there is a really good reason for this, but we do need to know. Please DO NOT send your daughter to any of the 7+ preparation sessions advertised by tutors or tutoring agencies – our assessments are carried out in a totally different way to these practice sessions.
If you are interested in making an application for a Bursary so your daughter can attend Bute House, please contact Mrs Kuiper at the school directly and she will provide you with all the necessary information. We have a very successful means-tested bursary scheme and are keen to offer the opportunity to come to Bute to any girl who we think will benefit from the experience, regardless of her parents’ financial circumstances.
Pastoral care at Bute House is central to all we do. Our Pastoral Assistant Head oversees the well-being of the girls from a school-wide perspective, but every member of staff is committed to caring for the girls. We have an excellent PSHE (Personal, Social and Health) programme in place in school, a School Counsellor for any girls who need more specialist support and endless time for all aspects of the girls’ mental health. A girl may need regular sessions, or it may be that a girl wants to talk through a specific problem – whatever the case, the girls’ needs will be met. We know that happy girls are the ones who are able to enjoy school and so we are committed to ensuring every girl is looked after in order that she can run her own best race.
Bullying is rarely encountered at Bute House, but there is a fast response process in place if a girl is upset by others. Bullying is not tolerated in any form whatsoever and the girls will tell you themselves that it is a rare issue, but something everyone takes very seriously indeed, should it happen.
We welcome girls to Bute House no matter what their ethnicity, religion, creed, culture. Our work with schools in the local community and our bursary scheme aim to enable children to experience Bute House no matter their parents’ financial circumstances.
We are a diverse school where more than thirty different languages are spoken and children’s cultures, religions, ethnicities and backgrounds are celebrated. We have Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors, and a group of staff and parents are currently working with the Head on reviewing the curriculum, as well as the culture of the school, to ensure any unconscious bias is managed and erased in the light of the BLM protests earlier this year. Bute House is not a school where a poster is put up saying we care about BLM; Bute is where we look into the issues in depth and detail and respond in a fully rounded manner so that everyone is properly informed.
The School does not operate any sort of bus service or other transport. Often, parents organise themselves so that carpools and similar arrangements are quite common; however, this is arranged by the parents themselves. We ask parents to think carefully about the impact of a very long journey on a young child.
Wraparound care (from 7.30am – 6.00 pm) is available at Bute House. This is provided by Aktiva, a company with a great deal of experience and exceptional staff of a very high standard. We are confident that our girls are happy with the staff at Aktiva. Parents book with Aktiva directly.