Suzie Longstaff

Suzie Longstaff

Headmistress, Putney High School GDST
Biography

Twenty years ago, Suzie Longstaff had a successful sporting career as Cox of the British Olympic VIII at Atlanta 1996 and of ‘Goldie’ in the in 1997 and 98 Boat Races. Since then she has been immersed in the world of education and is now Headmistress of leading girls’ day school, Putney High School GDST. Suzie’s background in music, economics, computing and sport has provided a rich tapestry of experience on which to draw. Her dynamic and forward-thinking approach to education encourages students to be both innovative and intrepid in their learning. An approach she calls, ‘modern scholarship’ makes learning challenging, fun and relevant, exploring everything from entrepreneurship and oracy to design thinking and AI. The importance of co-curricular activities and community involvement are key to a rounded education at Putney. A ground-breaking Biophilic Classroom project won a Gold Medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and has been shared with other schools as a simple and affordable way to re-think the classroom environment, making a positive impact on wellbeing and academic focus in schools and beyond.