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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.

Putney is spirited, ambitious and above all, relevant. The school has a forward-thinking, down-to-earth approach that encourages a love of learning and develops the transferable “real world” skills that help students to make their mark in the world.

Academically excellent, pupils are supported within a warm and vibrant community that encourages them to be curious and to branch out intellectually.

Students develop transferable skills that will set them apart in their future lives - an Orator and an Entrepreneur in Residence develop resourcefulness and encourage pupils to “think differently”.

Putney leads in digital innovation – all girls have their own iPads, learn coding and are digitally literate.

There is outstanding opportunity in Art, Design, Drama, Music and Sport. Girls get involved, try new things and develop confidence.

Girls have a voice and stand up for what they believe in, building leadership skills and taking ownership in all aspects of 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. Sixth Form – Interview. At least three A* grades and at least three A grades at GCSE (or at least three grade 8s and three grade 7s) including at least an A/7 in the subjects chosen for A level study. For some subject combinations, entry requirements may be higher.
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Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Sports

Rowing

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since 2015, Suzie Longstaff BA MA PGCE (late 40s), following a year as acting head and a previous six years as head of sixth. 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.
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Special Education Needs

Provision for Special Learning Difficulties is through the mainstream curriculum; the student's needs are recognised and provided for through differentiation. In addition, during each Key Stage, the student's specific needs are regularly reviewed and if appropriate, extra curricular learning support is available with a specialist teacher or parents are advised to make arrangements for specialist tuition. Additional time is allocated for the annual school examinations, public examinations and in the entrance test (after submission of a report). If the student's needs identify that a laptop needs to be used in lessons this is allowed but the student is requested to provide hardware. 09-09

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