Such a lovely place - it's just how a school should be"
Nursery School Head
Putney High School has a distinctively caring and friendly ethos. Staff and girls respect one another and every pupil makes her own positive and valuable contribution to our community. We aim to create a positive atmosphere with regular praise, congratulation and celebration. We believe this is the best environment in which to learn and to reach the highest standards of behaviour and work.
The relationship between school and home is of paramount importance, with everyone working together to help the girls develop learning habits, values and interests.
We also offer wrap around care, for both before and after school.
The Junior School starts most mornings with a whole-school assembly. Girls and staff are entertained by a Junior School musician as they enter the hall. Putney High School is non-denominational and assembly themes are based on moral values or topical news. Our weekly Celebration Assembly is an opportunity to praise girls for individual or group efforts and achievements. Each class invites their parents to share an assembly based on work covered in class.
Girls belong to one of four Houses: Margot Fonteyn (Green), Florence Nightingale (Red), Amy Johnson (Blue) and Mary Kingsley (Yellow). They work together to raise money for charities chosen by themselves and to compete in sporting tournaments. A thriving, democratically-elected School Council represents the views of all the girls. Year 6 girls are given roles of responsibility from House Captains to the school's Press Pack of roving reporters who create weekly news items for the school website. School assemblies are based around pastoral themes as well as celebrating girls' efforts, achievements and birthdays.
Girls are encouraged to take responsibility at the earliest opportunity. Younger girls share leadership roles within their classroom and as they get older there are more opportunities on offer. This may include volunteering to be a Library Monitor or representing their class on the thriving, democratically-elected Junior School Council. All girls in Year 6 are encouraged to take on a leadership role, from House Captains to the school’s Press Pack of roving reporters who create weekly news items for the school website.
Other positions of Leadership include: Sports Leaders, House and Vice House Captains, Play Leaders, Lunch Monitors.