Postby Vista321 » Thu Feb 02, 2023 1:16 pm
Hi SW11 Resident
I too have a daughter at PHS, she has been there since the junior school, and we are very happy with it. It is indeed a lovely, happy 'can do' type of place with a huge amount of diverse opportunities, great teaching and a positive, confident culture. Academically, they go at quite a pace but there are catch up clinics and support if needed.
Music, sports, art etc are all of exceptional quality and are inclusive in the early years, before the girls tend to specialise in certain areas. There are extension activities such as PIE (Putney Ideas Exchange) plus loads of clubs like robotics, coding, debating, chess, dance, creative areas etc
Isabella2022 is right that a lot can depend on friendship groups and I know of cases where the school has intervened at parent's / girl's requests in terms of moving people across classes, changing who sits where etc and they manage it well and respectfully.
I also have a niece who was at JAGS several years ago and she was also very happy and did very well / really enjoyed school. It seemed on a par with Putney in many ways. She did say that it was quite high octane academically.
In terms of differences between the schools, PHS is part of the GDST, which is a great network but JAGS has links with the other Dulwich schools, including Dulwich College.
JAGS has a swimming pool and does waterpolo etc, PHS does rowing and lacrosse - no hockey. Also does football as a club. PHS is very supportive of elite athletes too, and they have a fair few there (one having moved from another school who did not accommodate them).
As Isabella2022 said, it is a good choice to have and both are excellent schools. Maybe factor in the travelling and location of future friends? Many PHS girls come from Wimbledon, Putney and Barnes - fewer from SW11/ SW12 areas (although we are in SW11 too.)
Good luck with your choice