Creativity is at the core of our approach, inside the classroom and beyond. We want to encourage independent thinkers, unafraid to try new ideas.
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 are 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. Sixth formers can join a weekly life drawing class.
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.
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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.
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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, play concertos and sing arias from major works. They are also encouraged to further their development by joining regional and national ensembles and through study at the conservatoires. All girls in Years 7 – 9 compose music using latest software programmes and technology and there is a composition club.
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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 – 14 students have been named Arkwright scholars in the past nine years. In Textiles, there is an emphasis on creativity and technical excellence. Professionals from a range of prestigious brands advise and set design briefs to provide some context of how the skills learned form the basis of a multi-million dollar global industry.