In 2014, Angela Davis said that “you have to act as if it were possible to radically change the world. And you have to do it all the time”. I think there’s nowhere more important for young people, especially young women, to develop this mindset than in school. For all young people across the world, school should be a safe and unbiased environment; enabling students to challenge their assumptions, formulate opinions, and discover the bounds of their own voice.
Just a glance at Putney’s bursting co-curricular timetable, spilling over with more than two hundred clubs a week, or a walk down Putney’s main corridor packed full of creative boards from different societies and subjects, is a testimony to the plethora of ideas and identities that form the building blocks of the school. From Feminist Society; to Model United Nations; to STEM club; to debating and school council; to the more than five new clubs set up by Year 12 just this September, students at Putney seize opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of ideas.