Educational Excellence

Our Sixth Form curriculum has been specifically designed to create an environment closer to university level study, encouraging students to adopt the skills they will need to continue their education at the world’s finest institutions.

Putney’s bespoke LEAP lecture programme (Limitless Education at Putney) will give you the opportunity to explore subjects outside your comfort zone, and to venture beyond the A Level syllabus with challenging lectures, as part of your timetable, designed to stretch, inspire and be intellectually challenging.

Our seminar style teaching combines academic rigour with the chance for you to lead conversation and debate with both your teachers and peers, taking responsibility for your own learning to the next level.

LEAP Lecture Series – Spring 2022

Sixth Form Curriculum

Exceptional Choice

Putney offers a uniquely broad and tailored curriculum with a wide variety of learning pathways to suit every field of interest. You’ll be able to pursue in depth the subjects that interest you – engaged, challenged and supported by passionate teachers and specialist tutors.

Combined with career and entrepreneurship programmes and specialist World Class Universities support, you’ll be well prepared as you decide on applications and embark on the next stage of your learning.

Sixth Form Curriculum

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.

Lara joined Putney in the Sixth Form and is currently studying for A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology with AS Level Mathematics and an EPQ.

“Moving schools can be daunting but my year group have been so welcoming and there are so many ways that you can meet people and make friends here. There is so much going on that you are bound to meet the group of people that are ‘for you’.

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Mio, class of 2019, studied for A Levels in Music, Psychology and pre-U Mandarin.

She was a Strings Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2020 competition and has taken up a Music Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music.

“I am a violinist, and typically my morning would begin with String Ensemble in the Elgar Room.

“I was lucky enough to be awarded 2nd prize in the Premio Francesco Geminiani competition in Verona, Italy. I was the youngest musician to compete, and my prize was the use of the ‘Dante and Alfredo Guastalla (1936)’ violin on loan. It is a privilege to play it”.

Read Mio’s memories of Sixth Form…

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The place to learn

Putney High School’s multi-million pound purpose-built Sixth Form Centre sets a new benchmark. We understand that students need to be prepared for life at university and beyond. We offer:

Dedicated World Class and US Universities support
Well-resourced Careers centre with specialist UCAS support
Study areas incorporating cutting-edge technology and latest design features
Specialist Sixth Form seminar rooms
Sixth Form common room
Internet cafe & diner with rooftop terrace
Professionally-equipped Fitness Centre only for Sixth Form use

Beyond the Curriculum

The Athena Programme

The Athena Programme is Putney High School’s unique programme of academic extension which encourages students to pursue scholarship and academia beyond the syllabus in preparation for entry to the top Higher Education institutions.

Available to students in Years 10 – 13, the programme offers a customisable plan of self-directed study and supports them as they learn to think differently and explore their academic passions outside the classroom.

Participants have the opportunity to build an “Academic CV” as they research, discuss and present their work through university style seminars alongside evidenced reports and presentations.

The Athena Programme is an integral part of the academic provision for Academic Scholars but is also available to any Putney student looking for extra stretch and challenge.

Further Information

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.

Sixth Form Prospectus

Getting involved...

At Putney High School we believe that reaching out to the local community means doing more than just fundraising, volunteering and sharing spaces – it involves sharing a whole mind-set.

We actively engage with the wider community and with local schools to develop the sense of empathy, responsibility and togetherness that allows us to broaden our horizons, improve our environment and learn from one another. Our Sixth Form students get involved. Whether it’s in clubs, team sports or charities, students 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.

Putney in the community



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 Student Leadership 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.

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
Young Enterprise

A Study In Purple

A Study In Purple is a vibrant magazine written by Putney students for Putney students.

The magazine provides a unique insight into Putney life, with issues showcasing student art and photography, as well as articles on hard-hitting topics.

With tips from everything from fashion to improving your mental health, A Study In Purple is a wonderful way for students to utilise their creative and journalistic skills.

Click here to view the A Study In Purple main website.

Meet the A Study In Purple team

Meet the A Study In Purple team

Under the Microscope

Our Sixth Form STEM magazine is a dynamic magazine written by Putney Sixth Form students. Each issue focuses on a different theme and articles cover all things STEM.

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:

"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 - Deputy Head Wellbeing and Acting Director of Sixth Form

Pastoral Support & The House System

Wellbeing & Individuality

The happiness, personal development and wellbeing of our students comes before all else.

We believe that from the moment a student steps through our doors, they should feel safe, supported and free to be themselves. Tolerance, integrity and freedom are key to the happiness and wellbeing of our school community. Nowhere is that more true than in the Sixth Form. 

You will feel free to express yourself and enjoy a sense of belonging that will enable you to flourish, leaving Putney confident in who you are and with the ambition to achieve in all that you do. 

Finding a Tribe

A House system runs upwards through the school, uniting students 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) students in the Senior School form friendships, learn teamwork, try out new skills and enjoy a good deal of healthy competition and fun.

Careers and Higher Education

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.

Winner – Independent Schools of the Year 2019 for Careers Programme

Careers and Higher Education

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

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

Sixth Form FAQs

Answers to some frequently asked questions
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