Central to the school’s vision of being a leading learning community, our new Science, Music, Drama and Debating Centre will celebrate science and the arts in an inspiring, cross-curricular environment.

What can we expect from the new centre?

Cross curricular links are key to the learning journey at Putney High School. The building connects STEM subjects with the Arts. It will be a space where pupils and staff will want to come together to think, discuss, rehearse, perform and to be.

The Forum creates a space where students can relish the prospect of intellectual sparring. Student voice is paramount and debating is an important way of enabling girls to stand up for themselves in discussion and stand out in the future.

Music is central to school life, with students of all ages and abilities taking part in orchestras, choirs, vocal groups and ensembles. Bringing together the performing arts – next to the Performing Arts Centre – the ground floor of the centre will offer:

  • Acoustically engineered teaching and practice spaces for class, small group and one-to-one teaching
  • Purpose designed instrument storage for circa 190 instruments

The Drama department, on the first floor, will have a drama studio with professional ‘fringe theatre’ feel with:

  • Raked seating and flexible performance area
  • Specialist designed AV and lighting design
  • Dedicated technical hub
  • High performance, semi-sprung, activity floor
  • A new dedicated LAMDA studio

Practical teaching is at the heart of memorable, exciting and effective Science teaching. Located on the first, second and third floors, the Science department has been designed around this ethos, offering:

  • Nine state-of-the-art classrooms, all bright, naturally-lit and acoustically designed
  • Flexible spaces to allow teaching to be tailored to specific age group and subject topic
  • Cutting-edge equipment including mobile, 360 degree glass demonstration fume cupboards
  • Dedicated Sixth Form laboratory

The number of students choosing STEM subjects at A Level continues to increase alongside the number of those going on to study these subjects at university. These facilities build on that commitment to engaging girls in STEM in the classroom and beyond.

Dr Will Dixon
Head of Science

Where are we now?

Senior School

Science lessons continue to be taught in the astro-centre which features high quality, bright, well-resourced laboratories, designed to meet the needs of our students in these popular and critical academic subjects.

Junior School

Our exciting new adventure playground has already been built and the Junior School façade has now been transformed.

Ground works have been completed to allow foundations to be built and a concrete slab to be created.

Additional floors, internal staircases and the lift shaft have now been constructed.

We reached a construction milestone at the end of September, as the new building ‘topped out’.

September 2020
September 2020
August 2020
August 2020
May 2020
May 2020

What happens next?

We are pleased and relieved that the project has continued despite the Covid-19 crisis. That said, the pandemic has understandably changed the way in which our contractors are operating, to ensure that they are safe and responsible on site.

  • Over the coming months, you will see the beginning of work on the external façade.
  • The centre is now expected to welcome its first pupils in June 2021.
  • The temporary accommodation is scheduled to be removed over the summer holidays 2021, so that the outdoor space can once again be enjoyed by pupils for sport and during break and lunchtimes.
  • Work to upgrade the cafeteria will also take place over the summer holidays 2021, to ensure improved dining facilities are ready for pupils in September 2021.
  • By September 2021 the project will be complete with pupils enjoying all of the new facilities including science labs, music teaching and rehearsal spaces, drama rooms and the Forum debating area, as well as the new-look cafeteria.
Inside the Entrance
Inside the Entrance
Dedicated LAMDA Studio
Dedicated LAMDA Studio
New Music Department
New Music Department

Throughout the project, our priority has been, and will continue to be, the wellbeing and education of our current pupils as well as ensuring that we are a good neighbour. We will use our considerable experience of managing building works to ensure minimal disruption to our pupils, including isolating the site to limit dust and noise. All work is being carefully scheduled, including avoiding examination times.

There will of course be further updates as the project develops.

Watch the progress of our new Science, Music, Drama and Debating Centre

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