Senior Curriculum

Educational excellence

With a unique combination of academic rigour and a truly broad education, we will help your daughter to prepare for a future filled with promise. She will learn the skills to question, to work hard and to gain the emotional resilience to know her own worth.

That is the sign of a Putney education.

An exceptional curriculum


Students know that Putney is a safe environment where they are valued, their views respected and where they can learn without limits. Their health and happiness are always paramount and the pastoral care we offer is second to none.  At Putney we say, “It starts with me” and we offer a holistic education that not only focusses on personal growth but one that encourages integrity, compassion and social responsibility.  

Our students form a caring and supportive community, which in turn supports their development into well-adjusted young adults. They 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.

We celebrate our differences and believe passionately in equality of opportunity whether that is through the diversity of our community, our “sport for all” approach in PE, our scholars’ concerts and Putney Unplugged in music, or membership of our myriad studentled clubs and societies. 

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 students of all ages in each of four houses and giving them 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) students 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 students, which receive money from each House’s fundraising activities.

“A down to earth and real world school…this school has caught the tide and is beginning to set the pace.”
The Good Schools Guide


Our Sport department offers activities for every kind of player. Students 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 athletes who compete at county, national and international level.

Find out more about our Senior School sports programme

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 Roehampton playing fields, Barn Elms, the Wimbledon Club and Wimbledon Athletics Track, a short distance away.

view a map of our local sports facilities here

Squads enjoy full fixtures and a large number of teams run for the most popular sports, such as Netball, to allow as many students as possible to play competitively. Our Lacrosse players are often selected for Surrey, regional and national squads and Putney students 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.


Learn more about Putney’s Rowing History

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


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.

View our virtual gallery by clicking below.


Performance is an integral part of life at Putney and there are numerous opportunities to perform outside class. Students 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. Pupils are invited to take part in workshops led by external drama companies and there are numerous theatre trips.

Our students 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 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 students 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 students in Years 7 – 9 compose music using latest software programmes and technology and there is a composition club.

Design Technology

We encourage students to take risks and solve problems innovatively. For those who want to explore their curricular challenges further, co-curricular activities are offered including Young Engineers, CanSat satellite design competition and Jewellery Making clubs. Students 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, Scrabble or Zumba, there are over 200 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
Table Tennis Club
Table Tennis Club
Chess Club
Chess Club

Thinking Outside the Box

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.

Senior School FAQs

Answers to some frequently asked questions
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