Putney High School GDST 普特尼中学,（普特尼高级学校）GDST, 35 Putney Hill,
London SW15 6BH
Tel: 020 8788 4886 Fax: 020 8789 8068
• GIRLS, 4–18, Day
• Pupils 800, Upper sixth 72
• Termly fees £2243–£2883
• GSA, GDST
• Enquiries to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Founded in 1893, it is single-site on Putney Hill and has the bonus of unusually
beautiful gardens. The main buildings are three large late-Victorian houses to
which there have been important additions in recent years. Facilities are good
and include laboratories, a technology and computing centre, a sports hall and
art studios. The junior department is separate in Lytton House within the school
grounds. Examination results are excellent. Tennis, netball, gymnastics and
lacrosse are very strong, with courts on site; pupils attend a local leisure
centre for swimming and multi-gym. Rowing is a growing activity with membership
of Thames Rowing Club. There is a very strong music department and a variety of
ensembles; also considerable strength in drama, dance and art. Several girls
within the school are highly gifted at music and sport: they benefit from a
curriculum which enables them to further their talents alongside their academic
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 9+ pa academic scholarships, value
£500–£2500, awarded at 11 and 16, plus music scholarships. 10 bursaries at 11
and 16. Parents not expected to buy textbooks; music tuition extra £154 per
Head & staff
Headmistress: Dr Denise V Lodge, in post from 2002. Educated at Bury
Grammar School, and at Royal Holloway (botany and zoology) and Chelsea College
(applied hydrobiology). Previously Headmistress at Sydenham High, Deputy Head at
Sheffield High, and Head of Sixth and of Chemistry at Sir Roger Manwood’s
Teaching staff: 33 full time, 18 part time in the senior department.
GCSE: In 2003, 77 pupils in Year 11, all of whom gained at least grade C
in 7+ subjects. Average GCSE score 64 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 69 in Year 13: 99% passed in 3+ subjects. Average final point
score achieved by upper sixth formers 265.
University & college entrance 97% sixth-form leavers in 2003 went on
to a degree course (46% after a gap year, 3% after an art foundation course),
10% to Oxbridge. 10% took courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science,
17% in science & engineering, 58% in humanities & social sciences, 12% in other
vocational subjects eg accounting.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 26 subjects offered (including
economics, business studies, ICT and history of art), 24 AS-level, 22 A-level.
Sixth form: Most take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3–4 at A-level; in
addition, all take general studies. 13% took science A-levels; 42%
arts/humanities; 45% both.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French from age 11, Latin from 12, German or Spanish from 13 –
all offered at GCSE and A-level. Exchanges to France and Germany; annual visit
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons a week in Years 7–9)
and across the curriculum, eg spreadsheets in maths, essays and poetry in
English, world religions etc. 200 computers for pupil use (11 hours a day), all
networked and with email and internet access. Large school intranet; radio
networking; fully searchable library database.
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 18 musical groups, including orchestras, choirs, jazz band,
chamber groups, 8 choirs specialising in close part harmony. Pupils are members
of National Youth Orchestra; several in county youth orchestras; finalists in
Youth and Music and Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year; recordings; composition
winners and commissions; opera performances with Opera Box; large in-school
music festival. Choral works performed include requiems, Carmina Burana, Dream
of Gerontius and Elijah.
Drama & dance: Majority of pupils are involved in school and group
productions. Drama competitions; recent productions include Oh What a Lovely
War, Antigone, Our Country’s Good, Arkwright’s Amazing Aquatic Adventure, Hard
Times, The Three Sisters. Large numbers involved in drama, poetry and music
Art & design: On average, 40 take GCSE, 15 A-level. Weekly life class;
A-level course can include work in painting, drawing, design, textiles,
sculpture, mixed media. Regular entrants to art school.
Sport & activities
Sport: Netball, lacrosse, gym, dance, tennis, swimming, athletics,
badminton, sports acrobatics, rhythmic gym, games foundation course,
trampolining compulsory. Optional: touch rugby, aerobics, girls soccer,
volleyball, rowing. Sixth form only: multigym. Community Sports Leader Award,
LTA. Tennis Leaders Award, ESNA Netball Leaders Award. Regular county tennis
players; tennis, cross country, gymnastics and sports acrobatics teams
successful nationally; netball and athletics regionally.
Activities: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Young Enterprise, sportleaders’
award. £6000+ raised by school activities last year for charities. Over 20 clubs
eg gym, netball, fencing, dance, trampolining, badminton, drama, Christian
Union, Amnesty International, chess, maths, internet, science, astronomy,
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects and head girl, elected by
staff and girls. School Council.
Religion: No compulsory worship.
Social: Visits to sporting events, galleries, museums, artists’ studios
and places of historical interest. Technology race and residential activity
holidays are regular events. Overseas visits include language exchanges, music
tours (Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Hungary).
Discipline School aims to encourage pupils to be self-reliant and
self-disciplined; number of rules is kept to a minimum but all are expected to
behave with courtesy and tolerance towards others.
Alumni association is run by Mrs S Cowie, c/o the school.