How many girls are there in the school?

There are 1030 students aged between 4 and 18 years.
In the Junior School there are 325 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 Foundation Stage (EYFS) – 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?

Reception: One lesson a week, ‘An Introduction to Languages’

Years 1 and 2:  Two French lessons a week.

Years 3 – 6:  One French and one Spanish lesson a week.

Students are taught by specialist teachers. We also offer Mandarin, French,
German, Spanish, and Bilingual Clubs. We work closely with the Senior School to develop our Language Enrichment programme and ensure a smooth transition to Senior School.

How much homework should girls expect?

Developing a love of reading is at the heart of our English curriculum; throughout the school, girls are encouraged to read each night. Pupils are given multiple nights to complete their homework.

Reception: Along with daily reading, girls may be given activities to promote handwriting and phonics development linked to their learning in class.

Years 1-2: Girls spend approximately 20 minutes on their homework, which includes reading, spelling, and mathematical games.

Years 3-4: A minimum of 20 minutes homework is set each evening and includes mathematics, science, English, humanities and MFL (Modern Foreign Languages).

Years 5-6: A minimum of 40 minutes homework is set each evening and includes mathematics, science, English, humanities and MFL.

What Music provision do you have?

Every pupil has two music lessons each week with Mrs Burgess, 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 60 girls of Grade 1 standard or above are members of the Junior School orchestra which contains the full range of orchestral instruments.

From Year 3, pupils have the opportunity to take peripatetic music lessons at school. 92% of girls in Key Stage 2 are learning a musical instrument.

What sports do girls play?

Reception-Year 2: Girls develop coordination, balance and agility through multiskill activities, regular ball skills practice, mini tennis, team games, gymnastics and dance.

Years 3-6: Pupils have games afternoons and move on to play cricket, touch rugby, netball, hockey, tennis, and rounders. Girls in upper KS2 also develop their skills in athletics, gymnastics, sports acrobatics and dance.

Swimming lessons are organised each week for girls in Years 1-6, at the Bank of England Sports Centre.

We have tennis and netball courts on site, as well as the Junior Hall and a large indoor Sports Hall. Athletics training takes place at Dover House Road playing fields. The Junior School enjoys an annual Sports Day at Wimbledon Park Athletics Track.

There is a full range of activities for all girls to enjoy. As the girls progress through the school, they enjoy House competitions and competitive matches/competitions against other schools at all levels. Equally, it is important they enjoy being active and embrace camaraderie and team spirit.

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 outdoor provision do you have?

Our award-winning outdoor space includes a wonderful adventure playground, amphitheatre, all-weather zones, and tennis courts.

Miss Musgrove, Key Stage 2 Assistant Head, has created our Outdoor Learning programme, which ensures girls enjoy learning both within the school grounds as well as in the local area.

Our multi-functional space encourages teachers to embed outdoor learning within the curriculum. In and beyond the classroom, girls are encouraged to:

• Be bold and take risks
• Make mistakes and reflect on their learning
• Play imaginatively and think creatively
• Collaborate and problem solve

What ICT provision do you have?

All classes have a weekly Computing lesson in the ICT suite with Mr Mistry, our Head of eLearning, an Apple Distinguished Educator. Computing is an integral tool within the curriculum. We have a 1:1 iPad programme from Year 4-6.

Interactive whiteboards are used in EYFS and KS1 classrooms; Apple TVs and pens are used in KS2 classrooms. Girls have access to iPads and develop their skills in using them across the curriculum, in and beyond the classroom.

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

Each House is led by Year 6 pupils who organise House Days to raise money for charities and local causes, which are chosen by the girls.

What about Pastoral Care?

We believe that a happy child will be more open to and able to learn. We work closely with parents to support their daughter emotionally as well as academically.

There is a warm family feel, and parents are given many opportunities to share and celebrate every step of their daughter’s school journey.

From taking on roles such as Eco Ambassadors, Sports’ Leaders, Digital Leaders, School Council Reps, Playtime Pals, and Peer Mediation Partners, the girls play an active part in ensuring their voices are heard, and their ideas and views are respected.

In addition, Miss Franks, our Pastoral Deputy Head, teaches a timetabled ‘Opening Minds’ session for Years 1-6. This models and teaches the social and emotional aspects of learning as well as the learning dispositions which will help a girl to develop self-efficacy and thrive: resilience, kindness, empathy, collaboration, resourcefulness, creativity, adaptability and tenacity; Philosophy and debating opportunities also develop critical thinking skills.

BREATHE is the whole school platform from which we deliver outstanding academic and pastoral provision. It encompasses:

Looking after ourselves – Pupils learn the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle including taking care of our bodies and our minds.

Looking after each other – Pupils learn to build and maintain healthy and respectful friendships.

Looking after our world – Pupils take pride in our school and to be active and responsible members of the community.

What trips do you offer?

Lessons are enriched and complemented by a full and varied range of educational outings, as well as on-site visits by speakers, workshops leaders, and authors. Residential trips are offered to Years 4, 5, and 6.

As part of our Outdoor Learning programme, and with our school theme of entrepreneurial spirit in mind, this year we have launched our Venture Award.

Girls in Year 5 and 6 can join BXM Expeditions to learn important life skills and receive the National Navigation Award for completing the programme.

What extension activities do you offer?

Everything from Art and Clay to Volleyball. There are around 90 co curriculum clubs in the Junior School. Find out more about life at Putney High Junior School.

What happens at the 4+ assessment day?

Our aim is to make the assessment process as enjoyable and engaging as possible for your daughter. The informal, relaxed assessment will take approximately an hour and will be overseen by Miss Tew, Head of Early Years.  During the session, your daughter will join in with some creative activities and will carry out a few tasks linked to early maths, language and literacy.

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.

Please note: Putney High School is following government and Trust Office guidance to ensure a high level of health and safety for all visiting pupils and staff. At present, parents will be asked to drop off their daughters and collect them once the session has ended. Further information will be shared in due course.

What happens if my daughter is not offered a place at 4+?

We do not offer a reassessment for a 4+ 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+ or Occasional Vacancy assessment, after being unsuccessful at 4+.

What time can we drop our daughters in the morning?

We supervise the playground from 8.10am.

Parents of children in Reception will need to wait with their daughter until the bell rings at 8.25am.

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 finish at 3pm.  Years 3-6 finish at 3.30pm.

Do you have a school bus?

Yes. We have three routes, run independently by Vectare: from Barnes, Chelsea and Wimbledon.

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Which Nursery do you recommend?

We welcome girls from many different nurseries and do not recommend any particular nursery.

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 the Senior School, having sat the 11+ entrance exam.

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 Year 5, and while they still sit the 11+ entrance exam in Year 6, their place is secured.

Is the school open before and after school?

Yes. Over the year, we offer over 90 co-curricular activities which take place before and after school, from Art, Judo and Coding to Chess, Touch Typing and Brain Builders. There is also a full range of sports and music activities.

Breakfast club and after-school club is delivered by SuperClubs, the UK’s number one for childcare, during term time, and SuperCamps during the holidays.

Breakfast Club runs from 7.30am before school and their after-school club runs until 6pm after school. They include a 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.

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How involved are parents in the school?

We are extremely fortunate to have a supportive and collaborative parent body. We encourage parents to be as active a part of the school community as they wish, from hearing readers, accompanying classes on school trips to being part of the Mini PIE (Putney Ideas Exchange) programme.

There is a FOPHS (Friends of Putney High School) parent rep for each class, and they help organise the charity and community work we do in class as well as meet Mrs Page-Roberts during Engage sessions in the autumn term.

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