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Super school best for very bright and diligent all-rounders who enjoy a busy life. Pupils are largely a full-on bunch, full of attitude and ideas – and might overwhelm those who don't shine in anything in particular, so not the obvious place for the shy or unconfident. Fantastic to see in a girls' school that maths...

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

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since September 2015, Mrs Suzie Longstaff, following a year as acting head after predecessor Dr Denise Lodge took a sabbatical to care for her sick husband. Before joining the teaching profession, Mrs Longstaff had a successful rowing career. Highlights including coxing the GB Women’s VIII at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

Mrs Longstaff joined the school in 2009 as head of sixth form before being promoted to deputy head (academic). An economics graduate (Durham), she has a ‘passion’ for lifelong learning, something she has put into practice with acquisition of diploma (in computing) from the University of Oxford and MA (in education) from the University of Bath.

Academic matters

Very academic place – some seriously bright girls here, working very hard, but not too pressured. Excellent results – at GCSE in 2016, an...

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