Admissions Policy

NEW Scholarships for pupils in Science, Maths, Art, Music and Business & Enterprise.


For Admissions to Year 7 in September 2019

The main principle of admission to Platanos College is to secure and maintain the character of the school as a comprehensive school, providing for the needs of young persons within the 11 – 16 age range.  In order to achieve this, the admissions criteria have been designed to produce an intake that is representative of the national ability range.  Pupils will, therefore, be admitted according to a banding system.

The school participates in the Local Authority (Lambeth) co-ordinated admission procedure and all deadlines within that should be adhered to by applicants. 



Five ability bands (encompassing high and low ability) will be determined by the results of Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT scores) and the school will admit approximately equal numbers of applicants into each band.



The number admitted into Year 7 each year is 210.



A maximum of up to 10% of our admission number (21 places) will be designated for applicants who show aptitude and potential in Art or Music. This will be linked to our business and enterprise specialist programme. The school will make available scholarships to support these pupils with marked aptitude in Art, Music or entrepreneurial skills.

Aptitude assessments take place separately. Selection for places will require the applicant to demonstrate aptitude and potential in an interview where the pupil can discuss the subject, present any evidence, art portfolios or play a musical instrument. These take place on one day over a weekend in the autumn term.

In addition, scholarships and bursaries will be awarded to admitted pupils who show academic achievement or other merit in other subjects including Maths and Science. The purpose of these awards is to provide an aspirational approach to learning and to raise pupils' achievement. These awards are not used for the admissions selection criteria.



As according to the Admissions Code, children with statements of special educational needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan naming the school will be admitted. The school will also give top priority to applications on behalf of children in, or previously in, public care (‘looked after children’) residing with the primary carer with the relevant documentary evidence. 



In the event of oversubscription in any ability band, admissions will be determined using the following criteria:

a)  Children in the care, or previously in the care, of a Local Authority (‘looked after children’). Children with a SEN Statement or EHC Plan with supporting evidence naming the school are automatically admitted.

b)  A maximum of up to 10% of the total admissions number (21 places) designated for pupils who show aptitude and potential in Art or Music. This will be linked to our business and enterprise specialist programme.

c)  Children with exceptional medical circumstances supported by written medical evidence.  The evidence should come from at least two registered health professionals and should set out the particular reasons why Platanos College is the most suitable school and what difficulties would occur if the child had to go elsewhere. Any such applications will be considered by the Admissions Committee of the school. Applications under this criterion do not guarantee a priority place and cannot be considered without the appropriate supporting evidence.

d)  Siblings of pupils who are attending the school at the time of the applicant’s admission.

e)  Proximity of the child’s home to Platanos College using a straight-line distance from the front door of the child’s home address (including flats) to the main entrance of the school (Clapham Road) with those living nearest to the school receiving the higher priority.

Tie-breaker:  In the event that two applicants for a particular ability band fall at the exact same position and cannot be separated by the above oversubscription criteria, the place will be allocated by random allocation.



Parents/carers may, under certain circumstances, request that their child be admitted to a year group outside of their normal age group (e.g. children born in the summer term admitted to reception a year later after their fourth birthday – the September following their fifth birthday).

The Academy Trust is the admission authority for considering such requests and will decide whether the individual circumstances make it an appropriate arrangement on educational grounds. Where a child has been educated out of their normal age group in their primary education, the parent/carer may again request admission out of the normal age group when they transfer to their secondary education. However, it will be for the Academy Trust to decide whether to admit the child out of their normal age group.

Parents/carers must consider the impact this may have and must submit evidence of support from a relevant professional.

The Academy Trust will comply with section 2.17 of the Admissions Code, that: “Admission authorities must make decisions on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned. This will include taking account of the parent’s views; information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely. They must also take into account the views of the head teacher of the school concerned.

Once a year group has been identified, the same oversubscription criteria above will be applied.



‘Sibling’ refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling.

‘Looked after children’ refers to children who are (a) in the care of a local authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions at the time of making an application.

‘Previously looked after children’ refers to all children who were looked after (as above), but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order) immediately following having been looked after.

‘Home address’ is the address at which the pupil should live permanently and full time as the principal residence.  It does not include accommodation occupied on a short-term rental basis.

In all the above criteria, documentary proof of residence will be required.



A.  Parents/Carers resident in Lambeth must ensure that they complete the Local Authority (Lambeth) Common Application Form (CAF).  Please ensure that Platanos College is clearly listed as one of the preferred schools on the CAF. All CAFs must be submitted to the home borough.

B.  Applying to Platanos College from another borough other than Lambeth. Parents/Carers resident in another borough are welcome to apply to Platanos College for their child. Please contact your home borough for a CAF and instructions on how to apply to a school in a different borough.  Ensure that Platanos College is clearly listed as one of the preferred schools. You should also contact Lambeth and request an admissions booklet, which will contain further information such as entry arrangements.

C.  Supplementary Information Form (SIF). All parents/carers must also complete the SIF and return this directly to the school office. This can be obtained from Lambeth or direct from Platanos College.

An electronic copy of the SIF can be downloaded here on this page.

D.  Scholarship application. If the child is applying for the Art, Music, Maths, Science or Business and Enterprise scholarships an additional Bursary Form needs to be completed. This can be obtained directly from the school’s Main Office.

An electronic copy of the Bursary Application Form can be downloaded here on this page.

E.  For 'In-Year' applications (i.e. applying to join the school in the middle of the academic year) please contact the school office directly and complete our application form found here (Section 5).



Late applications may be made to the school and will be maintained in order of the over-subscription criteria for each band in each year group. Any pupil not offered a place will be placed on the Waiting List and will have the statutory right of appeal. Where places become vacant in a particular band, they will be allocated to applicants on the Waiting List for that band in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.



Appeals against admission decisions are heard by an Independent Admissions Appeal Panel and will be in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.  An appeal against a refusal of a place must be made within 20 school days of the date of the refusal letter.

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