Putney High School and the GDST have launched the only all-girls school boathouse on the Tideway. The boathouse is ideally located on one of the most prestigious locations on the Thames, Putney Embankment, at the beginning of the Boat Race Course.
Putney High School became a rowing school in the 1980s; the first reference to rowing in the school archives is in the 1984 magazine about the Lower Sixth Group, all complete beginners, being coached by Mr Hamilton of Thames Rowing Club. The Boat Club was founded in 1989, and rowing really took off at Putney thanks to Pauline Rayner, who arrived at the school in 1991 as a Junior School teacher. Since then, other coaches have included Dr Sallie Malt, who has recently been youth coaching in Uzbekistan, Bostwana, Namibia and Zambia; Chris Goodwin; Peter Brewer, Ashley Carter and Franki Jus-Burke.
Putney girls now compete at prestigious events such as the Head of Charles in America, Women’s Henley and came an impressive second place in the Junior Girls Four category at Schools Head.
Headmistress Suzie Longstaff is herself a former Olympian having coxed the women coxed eights at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.