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.

A Day in the Life

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

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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Beyond the Curriculum

Sixth Form Super Curricular

Our Sixth Form students get involved. 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.

Here are just a few of the Super-curricular activities available:

Psychology Club
Medical Society
Model United Nations
Young Enterprise

Co-Curricular Arts

From Sixth Form drama productions to 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 passions.

Co-Curricular Sport

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 sports to boxercise, yoga, golf and even Zumba, there are many ways to have fun, keep fit and relax in your time away from studies.


Find out more about Senior School Sport

Sixth Formers also have exclusive access to the FOPHS fitness with an extensive range of fitness equipment.

Exclusive use of the FOPHS Fitness Suite
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


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.


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.

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 begin them thinking about the opportunities that await them.

From Year 7 to Year 13 exceptional careers advice and 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 and careers advisor
Dedicated US and World Class Universities Coordinators
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

What have our Alumnae gone on to do?

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


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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