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Putney High School is an independent all-girls school in Putney, London. It admits students from the ages 4–18. Founded in 1893 it is a member of the Girls' Day School Trust, a union of 26 schools with 19,500 students and 3,500 staff. The school uniform is purple and has always been since a uniform was put in place. On average, in the junior school, there are 48 children in a year, 2 classes in a year and 24 in each class. In the senior school, there are about 25-7 in a class and each year has an intake of about 110, so 4 classes a year.

Putney High School
35 Putney Hill

SW15 6BH

Coordinates51°27′25″N 0°13′05″W / 51.45685°N 0.21806°W / 51.45685; -0.21806Coordinates: 51°27′25″N 0°13′05″W / 51.45685°N 0.21806°W / 51.45685; -0.21806
TypeIndependent day school
MottoFortiter et recte
("Bravely and rightly")
Local authorityWandsworth
Department for Education URN101072 Tables
Head teacherMrs Suzie Longstaff
Age4 to 18
HousesSenior School: Hepburn, Ferrier, Burton and Stark Junior school: Johnson, Fonteyn, Kingsley and Nightingale
Colour(s)Hepburn (Blue), Ferrier (Yellow) Burton (Green) Stark (Red) Johnson (Blue) Fonteyn (Green) Kingsley (yellow) Nightingale (red)

Location and informationEdit

Formerly, there were four houses, Argyll, Cromwell, Fairfax and Pitt then there were three school houses Austen, Bronte and Eliot, named after well-known female authors, all of whom felt that their sex gave them a disadvantage and used pseudonyms when writing. George Eliot lived for a time in Holly Lodge, Southfields, a house within walking distance of the Putney High School site. As of September 2013, the school uses an updated system of four houses, Ferrier, Stark, Hepburn and Burton, named after influential women all of whom were nominated by the students (Kathleen Ferrier, Freya Stark, Audrey Hepburn and Beryl Burton).

The school is situated on Putney Hill, a short walk from East Putney tube station (District Line) and Putney mainline station (Waterloo- Hounslow/Teddington/Windsor/Weybridge). It is well-served by buses, the 93, 14, 39 and 85.

Good Schools GuideEdit

According to the Good Schools Guide, the school maintains a "Positive, friendly but hardworking atmosphere with good balance of sport, art, music, etc. The girls seem fulfilled, confident and happy – well prepared for outside world."[1]


Senior SchoolEdit

The Headmistress of Putney High is Mrs Suzie Longstaff.

Junior SchoolEdit

The head of the Junior School is Pippa Daverson.[2] This takes in years reception (4–5) to year six (10–11).


The school has strong links with Thames Rowing Club. It is strong at sports, especially rowing, lacrosse, netball and athletics. The school also has links with Putney Lacrosse Club. The gymnastics team won the national competition in 2005.[clarification needed] In 2018 the school acquired a rowing boathouse on the Putney Embankment, becoming the first ever all girls boathouse on the Thames.[3][4][5]


The school motto is fortiter et recte, which means "boldly and rightly".

Notable alumniEdit


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  6. ^ Sara Gray (2009). The Dictionary of British Women Artists. Casemate Publishers. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-7188-3084-7. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Costume designer Jenny Beavan is GDST Alumna of the Year". 14 June 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Ginny knows best: When John Major entrusted the Health Service to". 27 February 1994. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
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  10. ^ Edward, Olivia. "Ramita Navai - Geographical". Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Barings' global general counsel on dispelling myths and rising to the top - News - Law Society Gazette". Retrieved 29 March 2018.
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  13. ^ Thomas, David (11 December 2005). "Whatever acting means". Retrieved 29 March 2018 – via
  14. ^ "Inside the world of fashion designer Edina Ronay - Telegraph". Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Year 13's Sophie in new TV series ⋆ Putney High School". Putney High School. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Saturday Profile Baroness Symons: Labour's peerless performer". 13 June 1998. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Melanie Phillips: The scourge of the Left has joined the world of". 10 May 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Prizegiving: BBC Broadcaster and Putney Alumna, Sophie Raworth". Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  19. ^ editor, Neighbournet. "Putney High School welcomes back alumnae Sophie Kinsella & Sophie Raworth to inspire the next generation". Retrieved 29 March 2018.

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