Helping one child at a time

The House Schools Trust is an independent charity that raises funds and awards means-tested scholarships to bright and promising children whose parents would not otherwise be able to consider sending them to an independent fee-paying school.


The opportunity

Means-tested scholarships are available, as funds permit, for children aged 7+. Candidates must currently be attending a state school and must have the right to reside in the UK. The scholarships are for places at one of the three schools in the House Schools Group, Bassett House in Kensington, Orchard House in Chiswick and Prospect House in Putney. Candidates should apply via the email stating their preferred school/s (invariable the one closest to their home).


Who should apply?

The Trust looks for enthusiastic, bright children who are motivated to do well and who will be likely both to benefit from their time at one of these schools and to make a significant contribution to the overall life of the school. Family income is a determinant of qualification, with a current maximum annual gross household income of £50,000. Successful candidates are likely to be at the top, or at least in the top quartile, of their classes at their state schools. We also assess the candidate’s potential to gain a scholarship to an independent London day school at 11+. Although the most important factor we assess is academic potential, please do tell us if your child has any additional talents, such as unusually strong musical, drama or sporting abilities.


M and I are so very grateful for the opportunity the House Schools Trust has given us as a family. I have watched M grow hugely in confidence and maturity since she joined OHS as a shy 8 year old in year 4. She has also developed academically significantly and did better in the 11+process than I could ever have hoped for.

She has taken to sport in a way she never would have done before. She has sung in choirs, taken part in shows, loved the residential school trips and thrown herself into all the house activities. She was so overjoyed to be made house captain and has relished all the organising and bossing of her co-captain!

But most importantly for me her resilience and ability to deal with adversity has grown and developed so significantly. M has shown how much she has matured in this last year, and I have no doubt that being in the nurturing and positive environment that OHS has provided has helped enormously. I am hugely grateful Mrs Hobbs and all the team of teachers; and I am so very grateful that the House Schools Trust made it possible for her to join one of their schools.