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The school acquired the lease to a boathouse close to Putney bridge and now more than 125 rowers, backed by enthusiastic parents (and a pretty keen head), power up and down the Thames. This is a 'busy' school - girls, parents and head repeatedly stress this. So much on offer and very little time to do it all in a day school day. Much enthusiasm for the teachers and their teaching 'style'. 'They discuss rather than teach so you want to join in,' we were told...

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What the school says...

'A spirit of innovation, openness and creativity' pervades Putney High School, according to the Independent Schools Inspectorate which awarded the school the highest possible grading in every category.

The school’s ethos is one of putting girls first, with academic excellence, wellbeing and opportunity at its heart. It achieves this by:

· Developing a culture of intellectual agility, with girls stretched, challenged and supported by staff keen to nurture the same sense of academic curiosity that they themselves enjoy.

· Creating a warm community, where girls have fun and can take risks, secure in the knowledge they are in a safe environment.

· Offering outstanding opportunity in Art, Design, Drama, Music and Sport. Girls can get involved, try new things and develop confidence, building leadership and other key skills.

· Inspiring a sense of ambition and adventure.

· Leading in digital innovation – all girls have their own iPads, for example.

· Championing the value of student voice. Girls are encouraged to take ownership in all aspects of their school life.

Entry is as follows: 4+ by friendly, informal assessment. 7+ by friendly, informal assessment, during which girls complete papers in English, Maths and Non Verbal Reasoning. 11+ by interview and entrance examination in English (essay and comprehension) and Maths. Jan for September. Interview in Autumn term. Sixth Form – At least three A* grades at GCSE and at least three A grades plus A* or A grades in A-level subjects. Maths and English must have been awarded at least a B if these are not chosen for A level or AS study.
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Since 2015, Mrs Suzie Longstaff BA MA PGCE, following a year as acting head and a previous six years as head of sixth (late 40s). Mrs Longstaff read economics at Durham, did her PGCE at Homerton and gained an MA in education from Bath in 2015. She started her career at Shiplake teaching maths and ICT, then to Kingston Grammar as head of ICT and asst head of sixth. She joined Putney in 2009. It may be dawning on you that both her universities and all three schools are on - or virtually on - rivers and rivers all need rowers. Mrs Longstaff was Olympic cox for Team GB's women's VIII at Atlanta 1996 (her steering being described by one commentator as 'aggressive') and she has been captain of the Thames Rowing Club. <br...

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