The Sixth Form years at Putney will bring you excitement, freedom and opportunity unlike anything you have had before. 

Our dedicated Sixth Form Centre is a friendly and inclusive space where you can delve into your academic passions and enjoy new positions of responsibility at the top of one of London’s leading schools. 

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.

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Wellbeing & Individuality

Your happiness and mental wellbeing are our number one priority; we know they are fundamental to how you approach your life and your studies.  

Your tutors are part of an extensive pastoral team, there to help you manage your time and support you one-to-one, not only academically, but also on a personal and emotional level. 

Putney is a kind and caring community: open-minded, inclusive and down-to-earth. Everyone is valued and celebrated for who they are, and this is never truer than in the Sixth Form, where our students feel a real sense of belonging and build friendships that will last a lifetime. 

Educational Excellence

This is the time to pursue in depth the subjects that really interest you.  

You’ll be engaged, challenged and supported by specialist teachers, skilled at bringing the curriculum to life. They have an extensive and genuine love of their subjects and will work with you closely, not only to get you great grades, but to help you develop as an independent and resourceful learner. 

We strongly believe you will do best in your studies if you choose subjects you really enjoy so we offer a uniquely broad choice of subjects, something for every field of interest.  

And to really challenge you and give you the edge, there’s a bespoke programme of lectures, Futures, external MOOCs and competitions, all designed to expand your thinking, and prepare you for successful applications to higher education, top flight careers, and whatever else the future holds.

Leadership, Societies & Clubs

Life at the top of the school gives you the platform to develop many of the skills and aptitudes you will need in the future. Become a House Captain, lead Med Soc, edit a student magazine, or take on one of the many club, prefect and student leadership roles on offer. Why notstart a club or society or coach a school sports team? All great experience, extra material for your CV and a lovely way to make friends and influence people! 

Volunteering & Partnerships

We like to think Putney students are both rounded and grounded. Our Sixth Formers are willing role models, volunteering their time both in school and through partnerships in the wider community. Make friends and collaborate with others to help and inspire local primary school children, volunteering through our Horizons and West London Schools Partnerships with local schools such as St Paul’s Boys and Hammersmith Academy. 


Much as we love SW15 we know there’s a whole world of opportunity beyond our gates. Regular subject, sport and choir trips will take you around the UK and further afield. Closer to home, we are regulars at the wealth of exhibitions, theatrical productions and other fascinating opportunities that London has to offer. 

Sixth Form Curriculum

Our Sixth Form curriculum has been designed to create an environment closer to university level study and to give students the opportunity to expand their intellect beyond the A Level syllabus. Students adopt the skills they will need to excel academically and to continue their education at the world’s finest institutions.

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

Beyond the Curriculum

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Leap - Learning & Enrichment

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.

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.

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Higher Education

Whether you’ve set your sights on Cambridge, Camberwell or CalTech, our specialists are expert in preparing applications to all the best universities and colleges in the UK and abroad.

There is tailored support for writing stand-out essays and statements, and training for applications to Oxbridge, Medicine and Law. We also have a dedicated US Universities Coordinator supporting students whose USA destinations have included, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, Duke, University of Pennsylvania and University of Southern California, among others.

Every year we see exceptionally high acceptance rates to Art and Fashion Colleges, and to Music Conservatoires. Popular creative destinations include Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, and the Royal Academy of Music. Many of our students go into creative fields, and on to run successful businesses of their own.

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Careers & Entrepreneurship

The Sixth Form is a fantastic launch pad but it really is only the beginning. 

Our award-winning careers programme offers everything you’ll need to explore and understand the many options out there, and to help you gain a competitive edge.  

From talks with professionals and business leaders, to work experience, careers “speed dating” workshops and entrepreneurship competitions; our knowledgeable team and well-resourced careers department are the first port of call. 

Start it up!

From FTSE 100 firms to first small start-ups, developing an entrepreneurial mindset is a great way to build your employability, hone your creativity and your resilience! 

Our many Young Enterprise teams meet regularly to learn basic business skills and work on a wide range of commercial projects. Many prize-winning business ideas have started life in our Innovation Centre, Design Technology Department and Sixth Form Board Room! 

Putney is also a founding member of the West London Schools Enterprise Network which offers Sixth Formers the opportunity to work in mixed groups with students from other local schools to develop leadership, negotiation, marketing and accounting skills under the guidance of top business brains.  

A Study In Purple

A Study In Purple is a multi-award winning 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.

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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.

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PIE Talks

PIE is Putney High School’s platform for speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds and industries, to share their life lessons and experiences with the students. Pupils get the opportunity to understand subjects from unique perspectives, to think about their future careers and to challenge themselves with intellectual debates and new ideas.

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Sixth Form life is a big step and a really good one too! You have a lot more freedom and make a lot of new friends.

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Sixth Form Art, Music & Drama

The Sixth Form musical is a highlight of the school year but there are many other opportunities to be in the limelight. Take the lead in the House Music or Drama  Festivals; you could write, produce, conduct or perform. There are theatre trips galore, acting and writing masterclasses, a Dance Show and so many choirs and orchestras to get involved in; plenty to feed and showcase your creativity. 

Sixth Form Sports

Whether you want to keep fit, just play, or compete at the highest level, there are a huge range of options in both team and individual sports.  

We are the top girls’ school for sport for a reason! 

Putney has onsite facilities for a wide array of sports, dance, strength and conditioning, and the Sixth Form centre even boasts its own Fitness Suite! 

A short distance away you’ll have access to our playing fields, athletics track and of course, Putney’s well-equipped Boathouse, right on the famous Tideway at Putney Bridge. 

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Putney has definitely nurtured parts of myself that I didn’t know I had and given me key social and study skills that I am certain to draw on in the next phases of my life.

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Sixth Form FAQs

Answers to some frequently asked questions
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