Putney High School
|Motto||Fortiter et recte
("Bravely and rightly")
|Type||Independent day school|
|Headteacher||Mrs Suzie Longstaff|
|Location||35 Putney Hill
Senior School: Hepburn, Ferrier, Burton and StarkJunior school: Johnson, Fonteyn, Kingsley and Nightingale
Hepburn (Blue), Ferrier (Yellow) Burton (Green) Stark (Red)Johnson (Blue) Fonteyn (Green) Kingsley (yellow) Nightingale (red)
Location and information
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 Guide
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 Department is Joanna Wallace. This takes in years reception (4-5) to year six (10-11).
The school has strong links with Thames Rowing Club. It is very strong at sports, especially rowing, lacrosse, tennis, netball and athletics. The school also has links with Putney Lacrosse Club and recently won the GDST lacrosse rally at 1st team and U15 levels. The gymnastics team won the national competition in 2005.[clarification needed] The gymnastics U13 A team finished 4th in 2011. The school has also recently acquired a rowing boathouse on the embankment, Putney.
The school motto is fortiter et recte, which means "bravely and rightly".
The staff and sixth form elect a team of head girls each year to assist with the successful running of the school community.
- 2014-15 Gabriella Webb, Rosie Wates, Gina Marsh and Polly Nash
- 2013-14 Rosie Shufflebotham, Harriet Cheema-Grubb, Georgina Rendell and Lieze Thielemans
- 2012-13 Elishna O'Donovan, Ailsa Cookson, Katherine Nash and Zainab Hayder
- 2011-12 Georgia Durham, Jazz Adamson, Lauren Cook and Charlotte Williams
- 2010-11 Georgie Davies, Ella Casson, Fiona Parker and Katharine Robson
- 2009-10 Anoushka Mehta, Margery Infield, Lily Beadle and Eleanor Wright
- 2008-9 Olivia Archibald, Brid Arnstein, Charlotte McCutcheon and Laura Shook
- 2007-8 Emily Clarke, Emily Rivett, Florence Ware and Francesca Gibbs
- 2006-7 Sarah Wickstead, Karen Tostee and Kristina Ravic
- 2005-6 Alice Newton, Jennifer Stanger and Katie Matthews
- 2004-5 Lottie Walter, Lucy Eastcott, Lizzie King
- 2003-4 Cressida Kinnear, Holly Derry-Evans
- 2001-2 Catherine Newton, Lucy Hidden and Annabel Walton
Notable former pupils
- Virginia Bottomley - Conservative Party politician
- Camilla Cavendish - journalist
- Olly Grender - Baroness Grender, Former Head of Communications for the Liberal Democrat Party
- Elizabeth Symons, Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
- Melanie Phillips - journalist and author
- Sophie Raworth - BBC TV newsreader
- Nicola Hicks - sculptor
- Madeleine Wickham - novelist published under the pseudonym of Sophie Kinsella
- Jenny Beavan - Academy Award winning costume designer
- Olivia Poulet - actress
- Edina Ronay - Fashion Designer
- Ursula Owen - Founder, Virago Press