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

Cross curricular links are key to the learning journey at Putney High School. The building connects STEM subjects with the Arts. It is a space where pupils and staff 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 students 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 offers:

  • 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, has 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 was 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

The Athena Centre is now fully functioning, being used by the Science, Music and Drama and Debating Departments.

Stages of the Build
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September 2020
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May 2020
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What happens next?

The temporary accommodation that was built to house the Science department is scheduled to be removed in the coming weeks so that the outdoor space can once again be enjoyed by pupils for sport and during break and lunchtimes.

 

Throughout the project, our priority has been the wellbeing and education of our current pupils as well as ensuring that we are a good neighbour. We have used 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 have been carefully scheduled, including avoiding examination times.

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