Creative Arts



In keeping with our overall ethos, pupils are encouraged to develop their own style, supported by passionate staff, who are themselves often practising artists. There is a host of talks and trips to inspire girls. Clubs range from art and printmaking to photography or animation, with a daily open studio. Digital photography and Photoshop is underpinned by a foundation of traditional media
such as drawing, painting and sculpture. There is a weekly life drawing class for sixth formers.

Specialist teaching is backed up by excellent resources which include state-of-the-art studios, Apple Macs for digital-based work and photo editing and a new black and white darkroom for the ever expanding photography club.

Keep up to date with the art department @PutneyHSArt  


Performance is an integral part of life at Putney. We also encourage girls to train in technical aspects, especially using the state-of-the-art equipment in our FOPHS sound and lighting booth. Our girls perform at events such as the Edinburgh Festival and the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Drama companies come into school for workshops and there are numerous theatre trips. The Drama and Music departments collaborate to stage annual musicals. We also offer LAMDA lessons to all pupils as an opportunity for them to develop their skills further.

Keep up to date with the drama department @PutneyHighDrama


Music runs on a vast scale. Almost half of the school sings in a choir and many also play in one of the orchestras. The annual Music Festival attracts 450 entries. Year 9 organises and performs its own opera – everyone gets involved. Suitably talented girls are given the opportunity to conduct/direct choirs and ensembles, to play concertos and to sing arias from major works. They are also encouraged to further their development by joining regional and national ensembles and by study at the conservatoires.

Keep up to date with the music department @putneyhighmusic 

Design Technology

We encourage girls to take risks and solve problems innovatively. Co-curricular activities include Young Engineers, CanSat satellite design competition and Jewellery Making clubs. Girls enter Design
competitions, attend the Smallpeice Trust engineering courses and in Year 11, they can apply for the prestigious Arkwright Scholarship which they do with considerable success. 
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