PIE and PIE+ are 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.

The PIE+ lecture series invites prominent figures to take to the stage in our state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre in front of an audience of students, staff, parents and members of the public. Guest speakers have included the philosopher A C Grayling and the renowned neurosurgeon Dr Henry Marsh CBE, who opened the series with his talk about his experiences working in the field of brain surgery, giving insight the complex and often flawed state of the human brain.

PIE talks are open to all Senior School pupils and generally take place at lunch time, with recent speakers including milliner Philip Treacy, Baroness Dido Harding, Amy Peake of Loving Humanity, Nicola Mathews Brand Director of Ted Baker, Maryam Khan, Fundraising and Tributes Coordinator at Médecins Sans Frontières, the architect Gabrielle Code who worked on the Gardens by the Bay project in Singapore and Laura Holgate, Editor of ITV News at Ten.


PIE2 is designed to push the boundaries of school education, to challenge perceived wisdoms and to explore new ideas. The entire Senior School is released from its timetable to engage in a truly alternative learning experience.

PIE2017/18 included a keynote speech from mathematician and polymath Bobby Seagull, talks from guest experts, workshops, panel debates, as well as a chance to engage 1:1 with inspirational thinkers from a myriad of fields.



Breathe Conference

PIE2019-20 took on an environmental theme with our Breathe Conference.  

Find out more about our Keynote speakers, Professor Sir David King and Broadcaster, Lucy Siegle.

BREATHE Conference 2019

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If you would like to express interest in giving a PIE or PIE+ talk, please contact us.

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