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Putney High School: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Putney High School: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry


Putney High School is an independent day school for girls aged 4 to 18 in Putney, South West London. It’s a member of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST).

The school offers a broad curriculum with a modern edge, with a focus on teaching students to develop intellectual agility. The Athena Programme is the school’s own unique programme of academic extension which encourages students to pursue academic interests beyond the syllabus. There is also a Breathe Programme, which focuses students’ thoughts on their wellbeing, their community and the wider world.

Putney High School is one of the top girls’ schools in the country for its exam results. In 2021, 92% of A level grades were A* or A and 99% of GCSE grades were 9–7 (A*–A equivalent). Girls leave Putney for a stellar selection of universities, including those in the UK’s Russell Group and top colleges in the USA.

Putney High School has been the recipient of several independent school awards, including Independent School of the Year in 2019 (Independent School Parent) and The Week Schools Guide 2021’s ‘Best for Art and Creativity’ and it has been shortlisted for the TES Independent Senior School of the Year for 2022.

Key information for Putney High School

  • Headteacher: Mrs Suzie Longstaff

  • Address: Putney High School, 35 Putney Hill, London SW15 6BH

  • London Borough: Wandsworth

  • Admissions contact: Sarah Adams – [email protected], 020 8788 4886

  • Age range and gender: 4–18, girls only

  • Number of pupils: 1,073

  • Number of places in Year 7: approximately 110 (around 60 places for external candidates, joining those moving up from Putney Junior School)

  • Ratio of applicants to places: 10:1

  • Open day date: 8th October 2022 and smaller tours on 11th and 12th October. Book online for all events.

  • Overview of selection procedure for Year 7 entry: Entrance exam, Athena Assessment, interview and headteacher’s reference

  • Registration opens: currently open – apply on the Putney High School website

  • Registration closes: Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at midday

  • Assessment date for Year 7 entry: Friday 25th November 2022 and Wednesday 18th January 2023

  • Scholarship assessment date: mid-January 2023

Putney High School fees and financial assistance

The 2022-23 fees at Putney High School are £7,213 per term for senior school pupils (Years 7 to 11). Lunch is charged separately (£284 per term) and is compulsory.

Bursaries (financial assistance) are available to girls in Year 7 and beyond and typical range between 30% and 100% of school fees. Bursaries are means-tested and are awarded to girls who excel in the admissions process. As a guide, higher-value bursaries are awarded to pupils from families with a total income of less than £42,500; if your annual household income exceeds £92,500, it is unlikely that your daughter will qualify for a bursary. To apply for a bursary, you will need to complete a separate bursary application form and submit it by the same date as the registration form.

Academic Scholarships, Music Scholarships and Sport Scholarships are available to pupils in Year 7 at Putney High School. The value of these varies but all carry considerable prestige. It is also possible to supplement a scholarship with a bursary.

Putney High School term dates

The term dates for Putney High School in 2023-24 will be:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 8th December 2023

  • Half term: 16th – 27th October 2023

  • Spring term: 4th January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 9th – 16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 16th April – 12th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th May – 3rd June 2024

Admissions process for Putney High School

If you would like to register your daughter for a place in Year 7 at Putney High School for 2023–24, you will need to complete the online registration form and pay the non-refundable registration fee of £125. If you receive income support or housing benefits, please contact the admissions office before applying as this fee may be waived. You will need to submit the registration form before midday on Wednesday 2nd November 2022.

All 11 plus candidates will then take the 11 plus entrance exam at Putney High School on Friday 25th November 2022. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to a second and final test known as the Athena Assessment on Wednesday 18th January 2023, and will have a one-to-one interview with a member of staff on the same date.

If your daughter is applying for a scholarship at Putney High School, additional processes are required:

  • Academic Scholarship: All 11 plus candidates are automatically considered for an Academic Scholarship based on their performance in the entrance exam, the interview and any information provided by the pupil’s current school. No application is required for this scholarship.

  • Music Scholarship: You will need to submit a Music Scholarship Application Form, a Music Scholarship Reference Form and a short video clip of the child performing a piece of their choice by Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at midday. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to a 20-minute audition in mid-January 2023, where they will need to perform on one or more instruments and carry out sight-reading and aural tests of approximately grade 5 standard. Find more information about Music Scholarships on the school website.

  • Sports Scholarship: You will need to submit a Sports Scholarship Application Form, a Sports Scholarship Reference Form and video footage of the child’s sporting performance by Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at midday. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an assessment day in mid-January 2023, which will include skills tests, fitness tests, ball skills, small-sided game play, netball, cricket, lacrosse and football and an informal and friendly interview. Find more information about Sports Scholarships on the school website.

Results will be sent to parents/carers in mid-February 2023 and offers will need to be accepted by early March.

Putney High School entrance exam format

Putney High School uses its own 11 plus entrance exam to assess potential Year 7 pupils. This is a bespoke online assessment in English and Maths and takes approximately one hour in total.

Shortlisted candidates are invited to a second and final assessment – the Athena Assessment.

Putney High School does not provide detail about its entrance exam and there are no sample papers available. However, you might find the following Atom resources helpful:

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