It’s in acknowledgement of this, and the increasing opportunities offered to linguists across a variety of sectors, that at Putney High School, language learning is very much championed. Putney has always had a global outlook, with over 40 languages spoken in the senior school alone. There is a burgeoning bilingual programme and the modern language department is one of the busiest in the school; every year students leave Putney to pursue language degrees at some of the top universities in the UK.
This year Putney is expanding its horizons even further, taking an innovative approach to the modern language curriculum which sees coding language, Python, included as an option for linguists. No longer confined to lessons in Computer Science, Design Thinking, or coding clubs, Python can now be a third language choice in Year 9 alongside the five modern foreign languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin, and classics such as Latin.