Bute House Preparatory School for Girls
|Type||Preparatory day school|
|Chairman of Governors||Simon Wathen|
|Founder||Worshipful Company of Mercers|
|Local authority||Hammersmith and Fulham|
|DfE URN||100368 Tables|
Like the nearby St Paul's School and its affiliated schools, it was founded and is under the trusteeship of the Worshipful Company of Mercers. It has links with another Mercer school St Paul's Girls' School (whose headmistress sits on Bute House's board of governors) and uses some of their sports facilities.
Bute House was founded in 1958 and became single-sex during the 1990s. The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008. Each year, the school's "birthday" is celebrated with a unique practice in which girls are "fined" £2 which is donated to a charity of the pupils' choice at the end of the school year.
Central to the school campus is what used to be a now-iconic copper beech tree which has been in existence since the 19th century. It survived the Blitz and the land around it was used by locals for "victory gardens" during the World Wars. When the school was established, the new school buildings were built around the tree. In 2008, the original beech tree was cut down due to a fungal infection. The remaining stump was carved into a memorial and a new tree was planted in its place. The current school logo features the beech tree.
The 4+ entry (Reception) into Lower School is by ballot while all other entry ages are by individual assessment. Girls with a siblings already attending the school are given priority in the ballot.
Bute House generally follows the National Curriculum for core subjects. Foreign language education begins as early as Reception and all girls are required to take French while other languages such as Spanish and Latin are introduced in the Upper School (Years 3-6).