Modern Scholarship requires rigour and analytical skills but also a distinctly entrepreneurial style of thinking. Opportunities to be curious, to question and conjecture begin in the Debating Forum and through the popular Year 7 Badge Challenge and Year 8 BAFTA awards. Students explore new ideas and respond creatively to topical issues through essays and artworks, podcasts and short films.
Through our visiting speaker programme, the Putney Ideas Exchange (PIE), students begin to broaden their outlook, engaging with guests from the world of academia, challenged to think differently and exploring the full gambit of professional careers.
Design Thinking explores innovation, programming and the practical application of technology to solve real world problems. Students brainstorm and design using robots and AI, prototyping and testing – great training for the innovators of tomorrow.
Lessons in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) expand intellectual horizons, introducing political philosophy and lively debate on the function of government and the nature of being.
The Athena Programme offers a customisable plan of self-directed study allowing students to build an “Academic CV” as they research, analyse and discuss their work in a seminar setting, alongside evidenced reports and presentations.
In the Sixth Form, students stretch their intellectual wings drawing links between A Level study and concepts beyond the curriculum. The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) Electives, Futures sessions and LEAP Lectures challenge perspectives and develop critical thinking as they explore more demanding academic material in preparation for university.
Clubs & Competitions
From MedSoc to Politics Futures and from Olympiads to the History Journal; there are a plethora of competitions, enrichment opportunities and academic clubs to be involved in each week. Prestigious courses in journalism, classics and philosophy are all on offer – a gateway to a lifelong learning journey.
Scholarships & Prizes
Every year, departmental prizes are awarded for exceptional work in particular fields of study. Prestigious external prizes are signposted to those looking for additional challenge, everything from international poetry prizes to Oxbridge essay competitions.
Elsa Maud Plant – Putney’s academic scholarship and travel award is available to students wishing to complete an overseas research project in support of either Modern Languages or Science.
Academic Scholars – Our Academic Scholars meet regularly with members of SLT and sixth form mentors to monitor their progress and discuss their academic goals. Academic scholarships are awarded at 11+ along with scholarships in Music and Sport. Sixth Form scholarships are available in the following categories: Academic, Art, Drama, Design Technology, Music and Sport. Sixth Form Scholarships in Modern Foreign Languages and Science are also available to candidates who have studied with us during Years 7 – 11.