A Day in the Life

Emma is studying for A Levels in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and French. Read her description of a typical day...

The Sixth Form is very much run by you, for you and there are countless ways to get involved. The facilities in our dedicated Sixth Form Centre are primarily for your use and whether you are catching up with friends over coffee in our Sixth Form diner, relaxing in the Lounge, or training in the FOPHS fitness suite, we really want you to feel that this is a place for you to call your own and start building towards life at university.

I cycle to school every morning up the hill, and when I arrive at school I usually have 20 minutes in my form room to read a book or finish off a piece of homework from the night before.

I usually have a lesson in the Science building in the morning, and since I do mostly science subjects, I do a lot of practical work, a recent one being making esters with Mr Walia in Chemistry, which was fun apart from the fact that mine caught fire!

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Bethany is a recent alumna of Putney, currently reading Music at Brasenose College, Oxford where she was awarded an organ scholarship.

Bethany plays eleven instruments, with grade 8 distinction in six of these. She is a keen composer and has had her work performed by the Royal Opera House Orchestra and at the BAFTA awards.

“I think the extra-curricular side of sixth form in hugely important to the whole experience as it helps you to develop skills beyond the academic realm, as well as being a really enjoyable way to relax and make friends from other year groups.”

Read Bethany’s memories of Sixth Form…

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Beyond the Curriculum

LEAP - Learning & Enrichment

Open and expand your mind beyond the classroom hearing from leading edge speakers with the LEAP Lecture Series.

You will be encouraged to push the boundaries of the syllabus, discover new passions and develop your intellectual agility to venture with confidence into exciting new territory.

Getting involved...

Our Sixth Form students get involved. Whether it’s in clubs, team sports or charities, our girls get stuck into every experience available to them. By the time they start applying for university, they have plenty to say about their lives beyond A levels.

Your voice matters in the Sixth Form. Join one of our student committees and represent your peers to effect the change you want.

Read more about Putney in the Community.

Leadership

Putney is a democratic environment where pupils enjoy a dialogue with their teachers and leading is done by example. Sixth Form students provide essential leadership throughout the school. They take on formal roles, as part of the Head Girl team or as prefects and House Officials, and informal roles, directing younger years in the House Drama Festival and leading book groups to promote reading across the school. They learn that good leadership goes hand-in-hand with teamwork.

Sixth Form Prospectus 2020

Clubs & Societies

In the Sixth Form you will be encouraged to lead, and be empowered to do so, in every aspect of school life whether in the classroom, running societies or on the sports field.

Sixth Formers play a key role in starting up and leading societies. Here are just a few of the Super-curricular activities available:

Psychology Club
Medical Society
Model United Nations
Philosophy Society
Life-drawing
Orchestra
Young Enterprise

Sixth Form Art, Music & Drama

From Sixth Form drama productions the annual Dance Show; from A Level Art trips, artistic “Happenings” on the lawn, and a cappella at Edinburgh Festival and beyond; there are plenty of opportunities to explore and pursue your creative passions.

Sixth Form Sports

It’s not all about building a CV. We also want students to find time to relax, to enjoy time keeping fit, and to play or compete as part of a team.

From regular team sports to dance, tennis, cross-country and even Zumba, there are many ways to have fun, keep fit and relax in your time away from studies.

There is dedicated time on Tuesdays for team sport including lacrosse and rowing and the Sixth Form are major contributors to the school’s annual Dance Show.

Find out more about Senior School Sport

Sixth Formers have exclusive access to the FOPHS Fitness Suite with an extensive range of fitness equipment allowing them to train before, during or after school.

Other sports available include:

Lacrosse
Netball
Rowing
Tennis
Volleyball
Gymnastics
Dance
Athletics
"The spirit of the Sixth Form will differ from your earlier experiences of school. You will be encouraged to be more intellectually curious in your lessons, to lead confidently within the school and to connect with kindness and integrity in your community.

You will feel a sense of belonging that will allow you to flourish, leaving Putney as individuals with a strong identity and purpose, and the ambition to continue to achieve in all that you do."
Ella Barden - Head of Sixth Form

Pastoral Support & The House System

Wellbeing

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 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.

Finding a tribe

A House system runs upwards through the school, uniting girls of all ages in each of four houses. 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.

Further Education & Future Careers

We want all our pupils to be interested in and excited about careers from an early age so we hold a host of talks, workshops and events to start them thinking about the opportunities that await them.

From Year 7 to Year 13 exceptional careers advice and tailored support is available to every student at the school.

From inspirational talks about the jobs of the future, to writing a stand-out personal statement; from professional support for those hoping to embark on careers in Medicine or Law, to organising work experience; our knowledgeable team and well-resourced careers department are the first port of call for the inquisitive and the ambitious.

One-to-one careers advice
In-house specialist UCAS, personal statement and careers specialist
Dedicated US and World Class Universities Coordinators
Specialist Oxbridge Coordinator
Visiting alumnae e.g. Broadcaster, Sophie Raworth, Author, Sophie Kinsella and Louise Ridley of Buzzfeed
Insight Days with Barclays, Nomura, PWC Siemens, Goldman Sachs & Vodafone
External speakers e.g. CEOs of Microsoft UK, Harvey Nichols and former CFO of Burberry
Work experience opportunities. e.g. Vodafone
Degree Apprenticeships advice and support
Sixth Form LEAP lunches offering first hand University and careers advice
Higher Education Clinics
Mock Interview Practice

"I was given a huge insight into the future I could hold, as an aspiring female scientist".

Sixth Form prefects organise the PIE+ lecture series, which brings exceptional guest speakers into school each week, offering insight into the world of work.

What have our Alumnae gone on to do?

Adventures & Trips

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.

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 at easy reach in the UK.

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

"What makes the girls at Putney so exciting to teach is their intellectual curiosity. They never stop asking 'Why?'" - Director of Sixth Form

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