The history of Orchard House School

Orchard House’s sister school, Bassett House School in North Kensington, was founded in 1947 by Sylvia Rentoul, with just 6 pupils.

In those days there was a more regimented approach to education and the prevailing belief 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.

Sylvia’s sons set up Orchard House School on its Newton Grove site in 1993 and expanded the school in 2010 by purpose re-building 2 Rupert Road to house the early years. Sylvia’s visionary philosophy not only endures but flourishes at Orchard House School to this day.

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

Ours is an intimate and happy school and has approximately 300 children across eight year groups.


Orchard House playground


Our school premises

Orchard House School nestles in the heart of Bedford Park in Chiswick. The senior school house is in Newton Grove, whilst the younger children are housed just around the corner in our Rupert Road premises. Both buildings were formerly large family residences designed by Norman Shaw in the late 19th century, and each retains a warm family atmosphere.

Our two sites have excellent outdoor play areas. They are equipped with their own kitchens serving fresh food, as well as dedicated science and art rooms, and light airy classrooms.

Orchard House is very much part of the community and we make full use of wonderful local facilities.

These include Chiswick Back Common with its first-rate astro pitches at Rocks Lane, the Acton Leisure Centre, the Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool, the University of Westminster Sports Ground’s netball and tennis courts and the Brentford Fountain & Leisure Centre.

We also have excellent drama facilities nearby, and when necessary pupils travel to venues and events in our own Orchard House bus.

• A five minute walk from Turnham Green tube station

• The nearest overground station is South Acton

• Served by many local bus routes

Orchard House classroom

Breakdown of Classes

Our year group structure

Den (nursery):  age 3 to 4
Lower 1 (reception):  age 4 to 5
Form 1:  age 5 to 6
Form 2:  age 6 to 7

Transfer to the Upper School is automatic.

Form 3:  age 7 to 8
Form 4:  age 8 to 9
Form 5:  age 9 to 10
Form 6:  age 10 to 11

Parents are offered in-depth information and advice in choosing a subsequent school that will best suit their individual child.

Orchard House pe kit

About Dukes Education


Orchard 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, Orchard 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 Orchard House and he can be contacted by email: aatif.hassan@dukeseducation.com  

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Member of IAPS

Orchard 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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