How many girls are there in the school?
There are 1020 students aged between 4 and 18 years. In the Junior School there are approximately 320 girls.
How many classes are there in the Junior School?
There are two classes in each year group, from Reception to Year 6, making a total of 14 classes.
They are organised in:
- Early Years Stage – Reception
- Key Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2
- Key Stage 2 – Years 3 to 6
How big are class sizes?
From Reception to Year 2 there are about 22 girls in each class. In Years 3 to 6, there are about 24.
What languages do girls study?
In Reception, pupils have one French lesson per week.
In Years 1 and 2, pupils have two French lessons a week.
From Years 3 – 6, pupils have one French and one Spanish lesson a week.
How much homework should girls expect?
Throughout the Junior School all girls are expected to read for 20 minutes each evening. Pupils are given multiple nights to complete homework.
In Reception, along with daily reading, girls may also be given activities to promote handwriting and phonics development linked to their learning in class.
In Years 1 and 2, girls spend approximately 20 minutes on their homework which includes reading, spelling and mathematical games.
In Years 3 and 4, a minimum of 20 minutes homework is set each evening and includes spelling, Mathematics, Science, English, Humanities and MFL.
In Years 5 and 6, a minimum of 40 minutes homework is set each evening and includes spelling, Mathematics, Science, English, Humanities and MFL.
What Music provision do you have?
Every girl has two class music lessons each week with the Junior School’s Director of Music. Girls in Years 5 and 6 are encouraged to join the Junior School choir which has performed at local and national level. More than 40 girls of Grade 1 standard and above are members of the Junior School orchestra which contains the full range of orchestral instruments.
What sports do girls play?
Pupils in Reception to Year 2 develop coordination, balance and agility through multi skills, ball skills, mini tennis, team games, gymnastics and dance.
In Years 3-6, girls have games afternoons and move on to play netball, cricket, hockey, touch rugby, tennis and rounders. The older girls also develop their skills in athletics, gymnastics, sports acrobatics and dance.
Swimming lessons are also taken by girls in Years 1-6.
Do girls have swimming lessons?
Yes. Swimming lessons start in Year 1 and take place at the Bank of England Sports Centre.
Where do girls play sport?
We have tennis and netball courts on site, as well as the Junior Hall and a large indoor Sports Hall. Swimming lessons take place at the Bank of England swimming pool and athletics training takes place at Dover House Road playing fields. The Junior School enjoys an annual Sports Day at Wimbledon Park Athletics Track.
How inclusive is the sport?
Extremely. There is a full range of activities for girls to enjoy and care is taken to ensure that as the girls get older, they can enjoy competitive House competitions or matches and competitions against other schools if they wish.
What ICT provision do you have?
All classes have a weekly ICT lesson in the ICT suite with a Specialist Computer Teacher. Computing is integral to the whole curriculum. Banks of laptops are available for use in the classrooms, which are also equipped with interactive whiteboards. Girls have access to iPads and develop their skills in using them across the curriculum.
Do you offer scholarships and/or bursaries?
We do not offer assistance in the Junior School but there are scholarships and bursaries available in the Senior School and Sixth Form.
Do you have a House system?
There are four Houses:
Green – Marie Curie
Blue – Rosa Parks
Red – Ada Lovelace
Yellow – Wilma Rudolph
What about Pastoral Care?
We believe that a happy child will be better able to learn. We work very closely with parents to support their daughter emotionally as well as academically. There is a warm, family feel to the Junior School and parents are given plenty of opportunities to share and celebrate their daughter’s school life.
In addition, Miss Franks our Pastoral Deputy Head teaches a timetabled wellbeing lesson, ‘Opening Minds’ from Years 1-6. This models and teaches the learning dispositions which will help a girl to thrive: resilience, resourcefulness, creativity, perseverance and tenacity. Philosophy and debating help develop critical thinking skills and the social and emotional aspects of learning are also covered.
What trips do you offer?
Class lessons are complemented by a full and varied range of educational trips, as well as visits made by speakers and authors. Residential trips are offered to Years 4, 5 and 6.
What extension activities do you offer?
Everything from Art and Clay to Volleyball. There are around 70 co curriculum clubs in the Junior School. Find out more about life at Putney High Junior School.
What happens at the 4 plus assessment day?
Our aim is to make the assessment process as enjoyable as possible for you and your daughter. Your daughter will be put at her ease by a Sixth Form Student, and will then have a friendly one-to-one assessment with one of our staff as well as an opportunity to join in with singing activities, listen to a story and play. This will take approximately an hour and a half, during which time you will be able to wait for her in the Junior School hall where refreshments will be available.
Places will be offered to a group of girls. A second group will be put on a waiting list, should places become available. A third group will not be offered a place.
What happens if my daughter is not offered a place at 4 plus?
We do not offer a reassessment for a 4 plus place but we welcome girls to return to sit for occasional vacancies which may arise in subsequent years. We recognise that all girls progress at different rates and a number of girls are now thriving in our school, having passed the 7 plus or Occasional Vacancy assessment, after being unsuccessful at 4 plus.
What time can we drop our daughters in the morning?
We supervise the playground from 8.10 each morning. Parents of children in Reception will need to wait with their daughter until the bell rings at 8:25am.
Do you have a school bus?
Which Nursery do you recommend?
We do not recommend any particular nursery and each year we take girls from many different nurseries. We would suggest you look at nurseries in your area and choose one you feel would best suit your daughter.
Where do girls go after Year 6?
The majority of our girls will move up to our Senior School, having sat the same 11 plus entrance exam as outside candidates.
We are very proud of our ‘one school’ ethos and it is our wish that all Junior School girls will transfer to the Senior School. In order to make this transition as smooth as possible, several events and procedures are in place during your daughter’s final three years in the Junior School to allow this to happen. The majority of Junior School girls are offered an assured place for the Senior School in the summer term of Y5, and while they still have to sit the 11 plus entrance exam their place is secured.
Is the school open before and after school?
There are a number of co-curricular activities that happen before and after school. We also offer full wraparound care for all Junior School pupils.
Breakfast clubs and after-school clubs are delivered by Super Camps: the UK’s no.1 for childcare during the school holidays. Clubs run from 7.30am before school and until 6pm after school and include an exciting range of activities to keep children entertained, with breakfast and snacks included.
Putney High School parents can also enjoy the additional bonus of 10% off all bookings for summer camps and specialist science camps, which run at the School during the summer holidays.