Putney High School
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
|Type||Independent day school|
|Motto||Fortiter et recte |
("Bravely and rightly")
|Department for Education URN||101072 Tables|
|Head teacher||Mrs Suzie Longstaff|
|Age||4 to 18|
|Houses||Senior 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."
The Headmistress of Putney High is Mrs Suzie Longstaff.
The head of the Junior School is Pippa Daverson. 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.
The school motto is fortiter et recte, which means "boldly and rightly".
- Mary Adshead – artist
- Jenny Beavan – Academy Award-winning costume designer
- Virginia Bottomley – Conservative Party politician
- Camilla Cavendish – journalist
- Olly Grender – Baroness Grender, Former Head of Communications for the Liberal Democrat Party
- Nicola Hicks – sculptor
- Ramita Navai – journalist and author
- Sandie Okoro – lawyer, senior vice-president of World Bank Group
- Ursula Owen – founder, Virago Press
- Olivia Poulet – actress
- Edina Ronay – fashion designer
- Sophie Simnett – actress
- Elizabeth Symons, Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
- Melanie Phillips – journalist and author
- Sophie Raworth – BBC TV newsreader
- Madeleine Wickham – novelist published under the pseudonym of Sophie Kinsella
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