Teaching & Learning > Extra-Curriculum > Creativity



Creativity can be defined as the use of imagination or original ideas to create something. At Platanos College we strive to promote creativity across the curriculum as well as through providing opportunities for wider cultural experiences. We believe that creative skills are just as valuable as academic skills particularly given the the 2% rise in employment in the creative industry compared to other industries in the UK. Now more than ever, to have a competitive advantage, pupils need the full toolkit of hard and soft skills.

Below are a variety of activities that our pupils have taken part in, both in and out of the classroom, to develop their creativity.


Trip to the Old Vic Theatre and Shequality workshop, 14th September 2018


Our pupils from our Shequality group (pupils with a strong interest in equal rights and feminism) recently attended a trip to the Old Vic Theatre and a workshop with Dr Helen Pankhurst.

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Opera workshop and 'La Boheme', 20th June 2018


Our pupils took part in a fun and challenging opera workshop - 'Aria in an Hour' - which introduced them to an activity that was out of their comfort zone. They saw another great performance after the workshop - this time it was Puccini's 'La Boheme'.

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Platanos pupils' plays live at the Southwark Playhouse Theatre, 19th April 2018


Platanos College's pupil playwrights have been working hard with professional playwright tutors in creating their own plays in collaboration with Southwark Playhouse group Future Voices. Their plays are live to the public this week at the Southwark Playhouse Theatre!

For more information and pictures, click here.


Woman in Black theatre trip, 27th March 2018

On Tuesday 27th March, Year 9, 10 and 11 Drama students spent the day with professional actors in London’s west end.

For more details and pictures of the trip, click here.


Globe Theatre Workshop, 13th March 2018

On Tuesday 13th March, Year 7 students worked with a professional actor from the Globe Theatre in a series of practical workshops to examine aspects of the play, ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’

For pictures and pupil response to the event, click here.


Young Playwrights' Trip to Southwark Playhouse, 22nd February 2018

Our Young Playwriters group went to see Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Olivier Award nominee Tyrone Huntley (Jesus Christ Superstar, Dreamgirls, Book of Mormon) perform a series of six gender-neutral monologues on subjects as diverse as refugees, millennial anger, and interstellar travel.

For pictures and further information about their experience, click here.


Foundation Awards 2018, 31st January 2018

A celebration of our Foundation subjects took place this week with a display of our pupils' creative talents.

For details, photos and a list of winners, click here.

The Brothers Size at The Old Vic, 23rd January 2018

A group of Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils went to see the absorbing drama at The Old Vic last night. From the writer of Moonlight, the 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, ritual and reality intertwine in this darkly sparkling, brilliant play.

For pupil reviews and photos, click here.

Year 8s mesmerised by Matilda The Musical, 30th November 2017

On Wednesday, a selection of our Year 8 Music pupils were given an introduction to musical theatre when they ventured to see a live west end show.

To read more about their experience and to see pictures, click here.


Platanos College Artist in Residence, 23rd November 2017

We are very excited to have an Artist in Residence this year at Platanos College. Mr. Gent is an incredible artist and is eager to encourage creativity within our pupils.

To read more about our Artist in Residence, Mr. Gent, click here.


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Theatre Trip, 9th October 2017
Our very fortunte Drama pupils went to see a ballet performance of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on Monday 9th October in The Royal Opera House. For most of the pupils, it was their first time at the ballet and they were enchanted by the music, costumes and staging.
Click here to read more about what the pupils thought and to see pictures.


Young Playwrights sessions continue, 3rd October 2017

Our group of Young Playwrights had another session with a professional playwright yesterday which focused on sharing creative ideas and developing presentation skills. This will continue over the next six months and the pupils involved are excited about future sessions.

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Othello at The Ambassadors Theatre, 26th September 2017

On Tuesday 26th September, Year 11 Drama pupils went to see a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello. This electrifying take on Shakespeare’s thriller of paranoia, jealousy and murder left pupils breathless.

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Wings theatre trip, 21st September 2017

On Thursday 21st September, a group of KS4 pupils went to see Arthur Kopit’s tremendously powerful Broadway hit, 'Wings', which has not been seen in London for 30 years.

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Click here to read a pupil review of the play.


Young Playwrights at Platanos College, 20th September 2017

On Tuesday 19th September we held our first Young Playwrights session where five Most Able students, selected through a writing competition last term, were invited to work with a professional playwright in developing their own work. Over the next six months, the students will be coached by professionals, see interesting productions and eventually shape their own short plays which will be performed by professional actors on the London stage! This is such a fantastic opportunity for our students and we wish them well with this exciting project.


Blue Stockings theatre trip, 7th September 2017

Our Year 11 Drama students kicked off the year with a trip to see a performance of Blue Stockings in Stanley Halls, Norwood. The play centres on Cambridge University's first women students and their struggle to be allowed to graduate. Pupils were left astonished at the prejudices the pioneers of women's education had to overcome.

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Students have access to many activities which enable them to develop their leadership skills and consider future career opportunities. (Ofsted, 2014)