The sixth in our line of residencies, the Orator was the third to be paid for by the school community through their generous contributions to the Putney Fund. Twelve months on, the year-long residency has been so successful that our Orator, Miss Kiek, has now been taken on as a permanent member of staff, to carry on the debate and to ensure that Putney continues to stand up and speak out for what it believes in.
Unlike exam results, the legacy of such a gift can be hard to measure. It is often not until we hear from a long departed alumna that we learn how she has gone on to set up her own business, encouraged by an experience she had while at school, or how she has segued into an entirely new career, after a seed of thought was planted by an influential guest. There may be no league table to inform us on the impact of this approach, but the clear enthusiasm with which pupils, parents and alumnae receive our Residency project give us an indication of its value.