Pastoral

Life at Putney has a very special feel to it. We believe that from the moment a student steps through our doors, she should feel safe, supported and free to be herself. As a result, the happiness, personal development and wellbeing of our pupils comes before all else.

Our students form a caring and supportive community, which in turn supports their development into well-adjusted young women. Girls feel valued, secure and happy in their own skin, supported by the staff and students who encourage them each day. They are able to concentrate on their achievements – both the everyday and academic – as well as their ambitions for their future.

It is the students themselves who shape the culture of our school. Therefore, we listen to, encourage and support each and every one of them as they embark on their learning journey.

As an ex pupil myself, it gives me huge satisfaction to know Putney continues to exceed my expectations both academically and with its pastoral care.

Putney Parent

Pupils of all ages exhibit excellent behaviour and a strong moral code and are kind and courteous to each other. Pupils grow in self esteem due to encouragement by the school to value and express their own opinions, become leaders and take responsibility for their actions.

ISI Report

The House System

A House system runs upwards through the school, uniting girls of all ages in each of four houses and giving every girl a feeling of belonging from the beginning of their time at school.

As a member of Burton (Beryl Burton), Ferrier (Kathleen Ferrier), Hepburn (Audrey Hepburn) or Stark (Freya Stark) girls in the Senior School form friendships, learn teamwork, try out new skills and enjoy a good deal of healthy competition and fun.

There are individual House charities, chosen by the girls, which receive money from each House’s fundraising activities.

Sport

Our Sport department offers activities for every kind of player. Girls are encouraged to take part in sport to have fun, to keep fit and become part of a team. We also offer stretch and support for elite sportswomen who compete at county, national and international level.

"PHS's elite sportswoman programme is one of the best"

Tatler Schools
September 2019

From Athletics, Badminton and Cricket to Volleyball, Yoga and Zumba, there is a vast range on offer. As well as our onsite facilities, we use the extensive grounds at Wimbledon Rugby Club, our own boathouse on Putney Embankment, the Dover House Road sports ground, Barn Elms and Wimbledon Athletics Track, a short distance away.

Squads enjoy full fixtures and a large number of teams run for the most popular sports, such as Netball, to allow as many girls as possible to play competitively. Our Lacrosse players are often selected for Surrey, regional and national squads and Putney girls regularly represent London and England in Athletics and Cross Country. Rowing is hugely popular and our boathouse on Putney Embankment benefits from one of the most prestigious locations on the River Thames.

 

Rowing Supporters' Association

Our Elite Sportswomen Programme has been designed to support girls in managing their workload alongside the daily demands of their training schedules. Girls benefit from a designated mentor tracking their progress, with half termly workshops on sports related issues such as nutrition, injury and sports psychology.

Find out more about our Senior School sports programme

Art

Creativity takes many forms at Putney. Art clubs provide valuable time to develop and explore the skills learned in class at a student’s own leisure. Co-curricular activities range from art and printmaking to photography or animation, with a daily open studio.

Excellent resources are provided including Apple Macs for digital-based work and photo editing, as well as a new black and white darkroom.

The textile design department creates work of an undergraduate standard producing its own fashion show and with inspirational visits from big names like Philip Treacy and Deborah Milner.

Drama

Performance is an integral part of life at Putney and there are numerous opportunities to perform outside class. Girls are also encouraged to train in technical aspects of theatre production, using the state-of-the-art equipment in our FOPHS sound and lighting booth. Student are invited to take part in workshops led by external drama companies and there are numerous theatre trips.

Our girls also perform at events such as the Edinburgh Festival and the Shakespeare Schools Festival. At the core of our co-curricular drama offering however, is our LAMDA lessons, which are available to all pupils as an opportunity for them to develop their skills further.

Music

Music runs on a vast scale. Almost half of the school sings in a choir and many also play in one of the orchestras. The annual Music Festival attracts 450 entries. Year 9 organises and performs its own opera – everyone gets involved. Suitably talented girls are given the opportunity to conduct/direct choirs and ensembles, play concertos and sing arias from major works.

They are also encouraged to further their development by joining regional and national ensembles and through study at the conservatoires. All girls in Years 7 – 9 compose music using latest software programmes and technology and there is a composition club.

Design Technology

We encourage girls to take risks and solve problems innovatively. For those girls who want to explore their curricular challenges further, co-curricular activities are offered including Young Engineers, CanSat satellite design competition and Jewellery Making clubs. Girls enter Design competitions, attend the Smallpeice Trust engineering courses and in Year 11, they can apply for the prestigious Arkwright Scholarship which they do with considerable success – 14 students have been named Arkwright scholars in the past nine years.

Co-Curricular Clubs

Whether you try your hand at Bridge or Code-breaking, Sanskrit or Zumba, there are over 100 co-curricular clubs on offer before school, after school, at break and lunch times. Pupils pick their own path and can opt to be as busy (or not!) as they like in their time outside lessons.

Physics Club
Physics Club
Mandarin in Languages Week
Mandarin in Languages Week
Chess Club
Chess Club
The Putney History Journal is written by students for students.
The Putney History Journal is written by students for students.

Thinking outside the box

Putney in the Community

As a London school, we actively engage with the wider community, working with other local schools to develop the sense of empathy, social responsibility and togetherness that makes Putney a truly positive place to be.

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Trips & Visits

Putney has a bold, open-minded and adventurous outlook on the world, which is reflected in an exciting programme of trips to destinations across London and the globe. In recent years, flashes of Putney purple have been spotted in the following locations:

On the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, as part of an Outlook expedition
In a Shanghai classroom, during our cultural exchange to China
On the canals of Amsterdam, in a History of Art trip
In Costa Rica, during one of several Spanish trips offered this year
Eating a madeleine in a café in Paris, or a bratwurst in Tübingen
At NASA HQ in Florida
The large hadron collider at CERN in Switzerland

Regular sports and choir tours add many more destinations to the mix. Closer to home, we make full use of the many exhibitions, theatrical productions and fascinating opportunities laid at our feet in London or within easy reach in the UK.

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