Ark Putney Academy

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Ark Putney Academy
Pullman Gardens

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SW15 3DG

Coordinates51°27′17″N 0°13′32″E / 51.45482°N 0.22565°E / 51.45482; 0.22565Coordinates: 51°27′17″N 0°13′32″E / 51.45482°N 0.22565°E / 51.45482; 0.22565
2012 as ARK Putney Academy
Department for Education URN138681 Tables
PrincipalAlison Downey
Age11 to 18

Ark Putney Academy (formerly Elliott School) is a co-educational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in the Putney Heath area of the London Borough of Wandsworth, England.[1]


It was first established as Southfields School in 1904 on Merton Road. The school was renamed Elliott School in 1911, and in 1956 it amalgamated with Huntingfield Secondary Modern School on a new site in Pullman Gardens, to become Elliott Comprehensive School. Many famous icons such as Pierce Brosnan went to this school and the school appears in the film Love Actually. In 2012 the school converted to academy status and was renamed ARK Putney Academy.[2]

The main part of school is a Grade II listed building[3] designed in the early 1950s by G A Trevett of the London County Council architects' department. It was among the early work of John Bancroft who worked as an assistant on the project. English Heritage have described it as "perhaps the finest of the large comprehensive schools built by the London County Council architects".[4] However, in 2012, much of the school's open space was under threat of sale to pay for refurbishment of the main school buildings which had fallen into disrepair.[5]


  1. ^ "Home | ARK Academy Putney". Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  2. ^ "These Wandsworth schools are set to expand after £15 million investment plans were approved". Wandsworth Times. 21 February 2018.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Elliott School (1266066)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  4. ^ [1], Elain Harwood, English Heritage
  5. ^ [2], News Story in Architects' Journal

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