How many A Levels do students typically study?
Our students typically choose from any of the following study combinations:
• 3 A Levels
• 4 A Levels (often the 4th A Level will be Further Mathematics). The possibility of studying 4 A Levels should be discussed with the Director of Studies).
• 3 A Levels alongside an AS Level
• 3 or 4 A Levels alongside the AS Level Extended Project Qualification
Which A Level subjects are available?
You have a free choice of subjects when entering the Sixth Form. The timetable is built around student selections, not pre-determined blocks. This enables you to select the curriculum path and subjects which will enable you to pursue your passions.
How many hours tuition do they receive in each subject?
There are five hours of teaching per week in each subject and at least four hours of self-directed study. You will take the lead when it comes to independent study. With small classes and a seminar style classroom environment, preparation is key to enable you to contribute and take an active role in your learning.
How are the Tutor Groups structured?
Strong pastoral support is a core element of life at Putney. Your tutor will play a significant role while you are here and help you to prepare for life post-18. They will build a strong and supportive working relationship with you to provide attentive, personalised support. Your tutor group, a mix of Years 12 and 13 will remain the same during your time in the Sixth Form. It is just one of the many ways to get to know the whole school community and to really enjoy your time at Putney.
What is the EPQ?
We highly recommend the Extended Project Qualification to help you to thrive academically and to develop the independence of mind to explore beyond the curriculum. The EPQ is looked upon favourably by universities as both intellectually rewarding and an opportunity to research an area of your own choosing. Recent topics have ranged from “The Rise of the Inadvertent Filmmaker” to “Healthcare in Rwanda”.
Can I do an AS Level?
Along with the EPQ, we offer you the opportunity to take a stand alone AS Level in English, Maths or a Modern Foreign Language. These courses are studied over two years, like the A level courses.
How big are class sizes?
On average 8 – 10 students.
What facilities are available to Sixth Formers?
Our well-resourced Sixth Form Centre provides dedicated space for you to pursue your studies in a University-feel environment. There are spaces to socialise, collaborate, train and for quiet study: Seminar style class-rooms, independent study areas, a Boardroom, Careers Office, Sixth Form Diner, Fitness Suite, Internet Café, Roof Top Terrace and Sixth Form Lounge.
Is the library open before and after school?
The Library is open from 7.00am – 5pm (on Friday it closes at 4pm).
What ICT provision do you have?
• Wifi and secure access to computers across the school.
• Your own iPad for use in lessons and to help with research.
• School intranet – access to school emails and learning resources from home.
• State-of-the-art Library, Language Lab, Music ICT composition room and Design and Technology Centre.
What music provision is there?
• Over 350 instrumental lessons are taught each week with a visiting specialist teaching staff of 27 teaching instruments from drums to voice.
• There are two orchestras, three large choirs, many smaller ensembles and a cappella groups.
• In Years 12 and 13, Music lessons do not clash with academic classes.
What sports do girls play?
• The Sixth Form Centre has its own Fitness Suite.
• There is a dedicated slot on Tuesday for team sport including lacrosse and rowing.
• Sports available as part of our co-curricular programme include netball, lacrosse, gymnastics, rowing, badminton, volleyball, dance, tennis, cross-country, athletics and Zumba.
• The annual Dance Show is a popular event within the Sixth Form
• Tennis coaching is available outside of lesson time.
• Girls playing sport at an elite level are supported by our Elite Sportswoman Programme.
• All training and home matches take place at our on-site facilities (except for Lacrosse and Rowing).
• Lacrosse training and matches are off-site at our two floodlit pitches at Wimbledon Rugby Football Club.
• Putney’s own Boathouse is on Putney Embankment.
Volunteering and Community
Putney takes an active role within the wider community and in the Sixth Form, time is set aside to honour this commitment. Students campaign for projects they believe in and there is regular fundraising and volunteering with local primary schools and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability amongst others.
Student voice is paramount. Our students take a lead role, not least within the Head Girl team, as Prefects and as House Officials. There is an active Sixth Form Council and Student Wellbeing Committee.
Sixth Form Trips
External trips e.g. NASA HQ in Florida and the Hadron Collider in CERN in Switzerland. Biology Field trips, US Politics trip to New York and Washington, Psychology Live trip to Paris.
Sixth Form Drama
Sixth Formers run the House Drama Festival and students can audition for parts in either a musical or play held every year.
What about clubs?
200+ clubs are on offer – e.g. Psychology Club, Life Drawing, Model United Nations, Young Enterprise and Medical Society. Sixth Formers take an active role in starting and running societies: e.g. STEM, Philosophy, Documentary societies.
• Bespoke Activities Week with Entrepreneurial and University Focus
• Putney Ideas Exchange (PIE) speaker programme – inspirational individuals, from eminent scientists and authors to entrepreneurs and artists. E.g. Charlotte May (Intellectual Property Barrister), Fiona Steed (West End Theatre Production Manager). These guest talks are organised and introduced by Sixth Form “PIE Prefects”.
• PSHE talk programme
• Hot Topics debate and discussion
• LEAP (Limitless Education at Putney) Lectures on University level subjects.
What University and Careers Support is there?
• In-house UCAS mentorship. Specialist support with personal statements and the application process.
• Dedicated US and World Class Universities Programmes offering expert advice and support throughout the application process.
• Specialist Oxbridge coordinator
• Mock Interview Practice
• Higher Education Clinics
• Specialist in-house careers advice and dedicated careers office.
• Insight days with top companies e.g. Barclays, Nomura, PWC, Siemens and Goldman Sachs.
• Degree Apprenticeship advice and support.
• Networking and alumnae visits and lunches. Past students offer insights into university applications and careers. Key note speeches from well-known Alumnae e.g. Broadcaster, Sophie Raworth and Author, Sophie Kinsella.