Women of the future

Putney High School is just the beginning, it is our alumnae that tell the full story.

From the moment you become a pupil at Putney, you join an extensive and inspiring group of women who have embarked on their adult lives with spirit and the will to succeed, on a myriad of different paths.

There are so many we could mention, but here are just a few of their stories…

Legal Star - Sandie Okoro

Sandie Okoro was appointed Senior Vice-President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group in February 2017. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she had been a General Counsel of HSBC Global Asset Management and Deputy General Counsel of HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management since 2014, prior to which she was Global General Counsel at Barings.

Sandie has received several accolades in the United Kingdom and Europe for her work and volunteer efforts and was named in the Powerlist 2015 as the fourth most influential black person in Britain.

Sandie left Putney High School in 1983 and fondly remembers her school days in a recent interview for School House Magazine

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Putney was never for one type of girl. Yes it was academic, but it was also for the curious, the iconoclast, the creative, and for girls who wanted to change the world.

Sandie Okoro
Class of 1983. Vice President and World Bank Senior Global Counsel

Oscar-winning Costume Designer Jenny Beavan

Jenny Beavan is a multi award-winning Costume Designer known for her work on The King’s Speech (2010) Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) for which she won the Oscar and the BAFTA for Best Costume Design.

Recent projects include Christopher Robin (2018) and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018).

She was awarded an OBE in 2017. Jenny left Putney High School in 1968.

Putney offered such good teaching and such a grounding for life. In the job I do now I am learning all the time - about the subject matter of the film, the locations we are filming in, the people I am working with...it never stops and is the joy of the work. Putney High School set me up well for my world.

Jenny Beavan OBE
Class of 1968. Double Oscar-winning costume designer

Actor Sophie Simnett

“I wanted to do everything all the time and Putney helped me do that. The girls were really fun and feisty and I immediately felt at home”. Actor and Putney alumna, Sophie Simnett (class of 2016).

She recently spoke to Tatler magazine about her career to date and taking a role in BBC’s Poldark.

“She’d always worked while she was at Putney High and …still managed to ace her A levels.”

We had an amazing drama department – you were encouraged to bring your own ideas to the table – it was like a mini drama school course. At Putney they really nurtured your interests – there were people in every year doing something astounding.

Sophie Simnett
Class of 2016. Actor

How to Get Involved

As a Putney alumna, you remain a valuable part of our community and a role model to the many who will follow in your footsteps. Perhaps you could offer work experience, or even spare the time to speak to current students.

Whatever your level of involvement, we hope you will enjoy being part of our alumnae network, staying in touch friends, telling us your news, but above all, remaining a part of the ongoing life of our school.

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Inspiring the Next Generation

Careers advice, news and more from our alumnae.

Putney taught me that I could do anything as long as I worked hard and put my mind to it.

Mary Cohen
Class of 2004. Doctor and international epee fencer. Double Commonwealth bronze medallist 2014

Alumnae Events

Reunions and events are a great way to keep in touch with old friends. Find out what's coming up...

Alumnae Timeline

A Proud History

We have been educating girls since we first opened our doors as East Putney High School on 19 September 1893.

Both society and the school have come a long way since we welcomed those first 54 fearless young women, but our aims remain unchanged: to educate, to inspire and to prepare pupils from a range of backgrounds to find their passions, achieve their ambitions and to prepare them for a future filled with opportunity.

Our History

Alumnae Timeline

This timeline shows the history of the school, as well some highlights from our photo archive and the names of some of our notable alumnae.

Please note that the date in brackets next to an Old Girl’s name denotes their “class of”, the year they and their classmates would complete their A Levels/Year 13/Upper Sixth (UVI). For example, Ursula Owen (1955) is in the class of 1955.

If you would like to submit any photos to the school’s archive, please let us know by emailing phsoga@put.gdst.net you may even find it features on our timeline!

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