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Putteridge High School

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Putteridge High School
File:Fair use logo Putteridge High School.png
Putteridge Road


Coordinates51°54′17″N 0°23′05″W / 51.90475°N 0.38468°W / 51.90475; -0.38468Coordinates: 51°54′17″N 0°23′05″W / 51.90475°N 0.38468°W / 51.90475; -0.38468
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Local authorityLuton Borough Council
TrustChiltern Learning Trust
Department for Education URN144311 Tables
HeadteacherDavid Graham
Age11 to 16

Putteridge High School is a co-educational secondary school located in the Putteridge area of Luton, in the English county of Bedfordshire.[1]


It was previously a community school adminsitered by Luton Borough Council.[2] The school was also awarded specialist status as a Mathematics and Computing College. In February 2013, Ofsted rated this as a 'Good School'.[3]

In March 2017 Putteridge High School converted to academy status and is now sponsored by the Chiltern Learning Trust.[4] In 2019 the first Ofsted inspection of the school after academy conversion was rated as 'Good', with the school said to be showing rapid improvement.[5][6] The school was also awarded the International School Award for 2018 to 2021.[7]


In 2019 it was announced that funding and permission had been obtained to demolish and completely rebuild the school site.[8]


Virtually all maintained schools and academies follow the National Curriculum, and are inspected by Ofsted on how well they succeed in delivering a 'broad and balanced curriculum'.[9] The school has to decide whether Key Stage 3 contains years 7, 8 and 9- or whether year 9 should be in Key Stage 4 and the students just study subjects that will be examined by the GCSEs exams at 16. Putteridge had decided to take the latter approach. Putteridge High School offers Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 only. There is no sixth form or Key Stage 5. [10] The school also offers The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme.[11] All students continued in education after leaving the school.[6] The school maintains German as a Key Stage 4 option, and has a German partner school, the Theisstalschule, Niedernhausen with whom they do regular visits and joint music and outdoor pursuits activities. [6] The link was established through the Comenius programme. The visit in December 2019 was funded by the British Council, and included visits to Frankfurt, Mainz and Wiesbaden. [12]

Key Stage 3[edit]

In year 7 and year 8, the pupils follow the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum, They are setted in Maths and English. They have lessons in:

Art Computing Design and Technology Drama
English Language English Literature French Geography
History Mathematics Music Philosophy and Ethics
Physical Education Science


Key Stage 4[edit]

The core subjects studies are:

GCSE Maths, English and Combined Science
Philosophy and Ethics (Non Exam Course)
Physical Education (Non Exam Course)

In addition they choose 4 extra subjects, called options, One must be History of Geoography, in order to fulfill the EBACC requirements. [10] The other subjects can varied each year but come from this list.

Art and Design Food and Technology ICT Business Studies
French Media Studies Computer Science Geography
Music German Religious Studies Drama
Health and Social Care Sport and Physical Education Fashion and Textiles History
Three Dimensional Design



In June 2016 a senior teacher at the school was attacked by a pupil leaving the teacher with brain damage.[13] The incident led to Luton Borough Council being fined £160,000.[14]


  1. "Putteridge High School". www.putteridgehigh.org.
  2. "Putteridge High School - GOV.UK". get-information-schools.service.gov.uk.
  3. "Ofsted Report 2013". ofsted.gov.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2021.30px This article contains quotations from this source, which is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0. © Crown copyright
  4. "Putteridge High School - Chiltern Learning Trust". www.chilternlearningtrust.org.
  5. "Putteridge High School shows rapid improvement with 'Good' rating by Ofsted". www.lutontoday.co.uk.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Ofsted Report 2019". ofsted.gov.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2021.30px This article contains quotations from this source, which is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0. © Crown copyright
  7. "International School Award | Putteridge High School". www.putteridgehigh.org.
  8. "Plans to demolish and rebuild Putteridge High School approved by Luton Borough Council". www.lutontoday.co.uk.
  9. Roberts, Nerys. "The school curriculum in England Parliamentary Briefing Paper" (PDF). parliament.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "Curriculum | Putteridge High School". www.putteridgehigh.org.
  11. "Duke of Edinburgh Award | Putteridge High School". www.putteridgehigh.org.
  12. "German exchange 2019- Putteridge Newsletter" (PDF). /www.putteridgehigh.org/. Jan 2020. Retrieved 16 January 2021. |Authors list= missing |1= (help)
  13. "Luton teacher permanently disabled after 'furious' attack by girl pupil, court told". www.lutontoday.co.uk.
  14. "Cash-strapped council to pay out £160k over attack on Luton school teacher left permanently disabled". www.lutontoday.co.uk.

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