From the Headmistress

A very independent girls’ school 

Putney High School is one of the UK’s leading schools, with a reputation for providing the challenge of a rich and inspiring education for bright girls aged 4 – 18.

Our school has spirit; a spirit of intellectual agility and engagement which is at the heart of our ethos. We stretch, challenge and support inside the classroom and beyond, developing inspired learners who act on their curiosities and are spirited in their pursuit of knowledge.

We often say that there is no such thing as a typical Putney girl; indeed the only thing that unites our pupils is their determination to be themselves and to think for themselves. We actively encourage every pupil to be herself, to find her own spark.

Our ethos is one of putting girls first, with academic excellence, wellbeing and opportunity at its heart. We achieve this by:

  • Developing a culture of intellectual agility
  • Creating a warm, supportive community, where girls have fun and can take risks, secure in the knowledge they are supported
  • Inspiring a sense of ambition and adventure
  • Offering fabulous opportunity in Art, Design, Drama, Music and Sport

Academic Excellence

Our teaching is designed to develop curiosity, creativity, confidence, critical thinking, independence of mind, enterprise and resilience – to develop the whole person.


We are a warm, vibrant community where students can have fun and take risks, secure in the knowledge they are in a supportive environment, where they will be looked after. Their wellbeing is paramount.


Our vibrant co-curricular programme sees girls taking part in, on average, 8 – 10 hours of activities outside the classroom each week. They grasp with both hands the many opportunities on offer, from a cappella, book clubs and coding to writers in residence, yoga and zoology.


We prepare girls thoroughly for university and beyond. Our alumnae play an important role in this. As part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, the largest single educator of girls in the UK, we connect into a vast network putting girls first.

Mrs Suzie Longstaff, Headmistress
BA (Dunelm), MA (Bath), PGCE (Cantab)

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