Central to the school’s vision of being a leading learning community, our new Athena Centre for Science, Music, Drama and Debating 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.

The Athena Centre’s biophilia inspired rooms and communal areas are starting to take shape. Furnishings and equipment are being installed in our music, drama and science departments.

The internal fit-out of heating, cooling and ventilation systems, electrics and pipe runs have been completed and over the coming months we will start to see the external landscaping design come to life.

Whilst work is still being done in our debating forum, it is expected to be finished in the autumn term, when the new development should be totally complete.

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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.

  • The centre is expected to welcome its first pupils in winter 2021.
  • The temporary accommodation is scheduled to be removed shortly after opening so that the outdoor space can once again be enjoyed by pupils for sport and during break and lunchtimes.
  • By winter 2021/22 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
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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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