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Platanos College pupils on BBC Newsround feature, 18th October 2019

 

On Thursday 17th October, eight of our Key Stage 3 pupils were interviewed by the BBC’s Newsround about their views on Brexit. Our pupils spoke eloquently about their opinions on the UK leaving the European Union.

Click here to read more.

 

Worshipful Company of Fuellers Installation Ceremony, 18th October 2019

 

Platanos College was delighted that our Senior Prefect Team and Army Cadets were invited to represent our school at the Installation Ceremony of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers’ new Master, His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex. 

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Hampton Court Palace visit, 16th October 2019

 

Last week, our History department organised a visit to Hampton Court Palace for our Year 10 pupils as part of their GCSE studies on Elizabethan England.

It was a delight to see pupils putting their knowledge to the test during a Privy Council meeting and debating the Succession Crisis of 1562 as the Privy Councillors would have done just over 450 years ago. 

Click here to read more.

 

What Career Live event, 15th October 2019

 

Our Year 11 pupils attended the lively career event last Friday at Olympia London. Our pupils were able to access information on everything from apprenticeships to university life and met a host of potential employers.

Click here to read more.

 

Year 7 Progress and Settling-In Evening, 11th October 2019

 

On Wednesday, Platanos College welcomed our Year 7 parents and carers to the school for our Progress and Settling-In Evening.

Parents and carers were able to speak with the wider senior leadership team at the school and form tutors about how well their children have started at secondary school.

Alongside our unshakeable belief that Attitude determines Altitude, parents received baseline grades for their child in English, Mathematics and Science and, with guidance from staff at the school, compared this with their SATs results. Added to the Year 7 curriculum evening at the start of term, our parents and carers are better prepared than ever before to support their child’s learning at home.

It was a pleasure to see the delight in so many of our pupils’, parents’ and carers’ faces as they left the school following their conversations. It was an overwhelmingly positive evening.

Some feedback from our parents and carers:

“I understand what my child’s baseline grades are for English, Maths and Science.”

“I feel that my child will make good progress at Platanos College.”

“My child is well supported by their teachers.”

I have a better understanding what my child needs to work on to make good levels of progress.”

   

Platanos College is an IQM Centre of Excellence, 26th September 2019

 

Platanos College is very proud to announce that we have received the Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Centre of Excellence award. The school was assessed and achieved this award in July 2019, with the official presentation evening taking place earlier this month.

 

Year 11 Curriculum Evening, 24th September 2019

 

Our Year 11 Curriculum Information Evening was held yesterday and was an opportunity to provide parents/carers with a useful question and answer session.

Thank you to our parents for attending the evening. The information presented can also be found below.

Click here for the Year 11 curriculum information.

Click here for the Year 11 curriculum evening presentations.

   

Year 9 and 10 Formal Examinations, 24th September 2019

 

The Year 9 formal examinations will take place from Monday 11 November to Friday 15 November 2019.

The Year 10 formal examinations will take place from Monday 4 November to Friday 8 November 2019.

Click here for the Year 9 letter to parents/carers.

Click here for the Year 9 revision guidance.

Click here for the Year 10 letter to parents/carers.

Click here for the Year 10 revision guidance.

 

Year 7 and 8 Formal Examinations, 16th September 2019

 

The Year 7 and 8 formal examinations will take place from Monday 14 October to Friday 18 October 2019.

Click here for the Year 7 letter to parents/carers.

Click here for the Year 7 revision guidance.

Click here for the Year 8 letter to parents/carers.

Click here for the Year 8 revision guidance.

 

Year 11 Formal Examinations, 12th September 2019

 

The Year 11 formal examinations will take place from Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October 2019.

Click here for the Year 11 letter to parents/carers.

Click here for the Year 11 revision guidance.

 

A welcome for our new Year 7 pupils, 5th September 2019

 

We welcomed our new Year 7 pupils to Platanos College yesterday. Our pupils had their first year group assembly in which they were taught what it means to be a part of Platanos College in line with the school motto ‘Attitude Determines Altitude’. 

The day concluded with an assmebly where every pupil was rewarded with a new reading book as a welcome gift.  We were very pleased that our Year 7 parents were able to join us for a short welcome event at the end of the day.

Click here to read more and for photos.

 

Year 7 Welcome Evening, 5th September 2019

 

We were delighted to meet so many Year 7 parents and carers yesterday at our welcome evening.

Please click on the links below for copies of the Year 7 guidance and curriculum presentations.

Year 7 Parents' Guide (click here).

Year 7 Curriculum Guide (click here).

 

Key Stage 3 Awards Evening, 16th July 2019

 

Platanos College held its annual Key Stage 3 Awards Evening on Friday to celebrate pupils' academic successes and the wider school contribution of our pupils.

The event also showcased our pupils' many talents through a number of performances during the evening, including a short production from our new Platanos College Theatre Company.

Click here to read more and to view photos.

 

Extracurricular clubs newsletter, 12th July 2019

 

Our extracurricular clubs have grown from strength to strength this year and have included a wide range of activities. 

Click here to read the latest updates in our newsletter written by pupils.

 

Action Research Presentation Event, 1st July 2019

 

Our Trainee Maths Teachers presented on their action research projects as part of their training programme in a presentation event last week.

Click here to read more on their projects.


Curriculum information evenings, 27th June 2019

 

We would like to thank all our parents and carers for attending our recent curriculum information evenings this week.  It was a pleasure to meet so many parents at each event. 

The sessions provided information on how we assess and monitor our pupils' progress and key curriculum information for the next academic year.

Please click on the links below for the information that was shared during the sessions. These can be used by parents/carers to help their children's learning.

Year 7 curriculum information (pdf; click here)

Year 8 curriculum information (pdf; click here)

Year 9 curriculum information (pdf; click here)

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you would like further information.

 

Formal Examinations, 3rd June 2019

 

The Year 10 formal exam week begins on Monday 17 June

Click here for the Year 10 parents' letter.

Click here for the Year 10 revision guidance.

The Years 7-9 formal exam week begins on Monday 1 July. 

Click here for the Year 7 parents' letter.

Click here for the Year 7 revision guidance.

Click here for the Year 8 parents' letter.

Click here for the Year 8 revision guidance.

Click here for the Year 9 parents' letter. 

Click here for the Year 9 revision guidance.

 

Orsted and Natural History Museum project, 24th May 2019

 

Earlier this week, our Year 8 pupils participated in the second year of a 3-year science project in partnership with Ørsted (a technology and energy company) and the Natural History Museum, with science-themed learning activities and workshops. 

Click here to read more.

 

Trips to Enhance Learning, 4th April 2019

 

Some of our pupils visited the National Army Museum as part of their end-of-term enhanced learning programme, taking part in a range of activities and workshops learning about the First World War.

Click here to read more.

 

Key Stage 4 Magazine second edition, 15th March 2019

 

We are delighted to release the second edition of our Key Stage 4 Magazine, written and edited by Platanos College pupils. 

Please click here to read the latest edition.

 

SMILE Wellcome Trust art project, 12th March 2019

 

We are extremely pleased that a group of our Platanos College pupils have recently completed the SMILE project - a series of research-led photography, art and poetry workshops funded by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council. This forms an exciting exhibition which will showcase all of our pupils' work.

Click here to read more.

 

Bike It! You Can Too! Programme, 8th March 2019

 

This term, a select group of our pupils took part in the Bike It! You Can Too! Programme run by Sport England and Lambeth. Congratulations to our pupils for successfully completing the course.

Click here to read more.

 

Formal consultation on a new Sixth Form, 25th February 2019

 

We are now formally seeking views on our proposal to set up a new Sixth Form for September 2020.

This consultation is open until Friday 26th April 2019.

For full details on the consultation, please click here: www.platanosconsultation.org.

Click here for the information letter.

Click here for the Consultation Booklet.

Click here for the Feedback Questionnaire.

 

Year 11 Formal Examinations, 22nd February 2019

 

The Year 11 Formal Examinations is from Monday 4 March to Wednesday 13 March 2019.

Click here for the information letter to parents/carers.

Click here for the Year 11 exam guidance.

 

Royal College of Art project, 21st February 2019

 

Our GCSE Art and Design pupils have been busy recently with an exciting community project in collaboration with the Royal College of Art.

Click here to read more.

 

Trips to Enhance Learning, 13th February 2019

 

The Key Stage 3 programme of trips to enhance learning were once again full of fascinating activities and excitment for our pupils.

Click here to read more.

 

Key Stage 3 awards: Achieving in the face of adversity, 11th February 2019

 

At our most recent Key Stage 3 awards our pupils were celebrated for their recent extraordinary achievements. The theme of the awards assembly was "Achieving in the face of adversity". 

Click here to read more.

 

Year 9 and 10 Formal Examinations, 24th January 2019

 

The Year 10 Formal Examination Week is from Monday 4th February 2019.

Click here for the Year 10 Revision Guidance. 

The Year 9 Formal Examination Week is from Monday 25th February 2019.

Click here for the Year 9 Revision Guidance.


PE In The News, 14th January 2019

 

Our pupils took part in a Black Prince Trust community workshop alongside Michael Jordan.

Click here for the the video (external link).

Click here to also read the second edition of our PE department newsletter.

 

Year 7 and 8 Formal Examination Week, 7th January 2019

 

The Year 7 and 8 Formal Examination Week is from Monday 21st January 2019.

Click here for our letter to Year 7 parents/carers. 

Click here for the Year 7 Revision Guidance. 

Click here for our letter to Year 8 parents/carers.

Click here for the Year 8 Revision Guidance.


Key Stage 4 Magazine first edition, 21st December 2018

 

We are delighted at the publication of the first edition of our Key Stage 4 Magazine, written and edited by our pupils. 

We hope our readers enjoy the read (click here).

"When we began to plan this magazine, we wanted to write about things that interest young people like us..." - Phoebe-Anna Scott (KS4 pupil)
 

Year 11 examination week in the new term, 13th December 2018

 

The Year 11 examination week begins on Monday 7 January 2019.

Click here to read the information letter to parents.

Click here for the revision guidance.


Year 7 pupils at Seussical the Musical, 30th November 2018

 

Some of our Year 7 pupils enjoyed a fantastic trip to the theatre to watch Seussical the Musical earlier this week.

Click here to read more.


Remembrance Day Ceremony, 12th November 2018

 

Platanos College gathered as a school community to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War and to commemorate those who made sacrifices.

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Worshipful Company of Fuellers' Installation Ceremony, 9th November 2018

 

Platanos College has a long standing partnership with the Worshipful Company of Fuellers, establishing various educational activities for pupils. We were delighted that our pupils were ambassadors at the recent Fuellers' Installation Dinner this term.

Click here to read more.


National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, 5th November 2018

 

Platanos College staff have an established partnership working with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) as part of the Maths Hub Work Group.

Click here to listen to the NCETM podcast featuring our Maths specialist, Ms Bahia.


Anne Frank Ambassadors Workshop, 19th October 2018

 

Platanos College pupils took part in an equalities workshop as part of their role as Anne Frank Ambassadors and will be embarking on an exciting campaign launch after the half term.

Click here to read more.

 

Year 9 and 10 Formal Examination Week, 15th October 2018

 

The Year 10 Formal Examination Week is from Monday 12 November to Friday 16 November 2018.

The Year 9 Formal Examination Week is from Monday 19 November to Friday 23 November 2018.

Click here for our letter to Year 9 parents/carers. 

Click here for the Year 9 Revision Guidance. 

Click here for our letter to Year 10 parents/carers.

Click here for the Year 10 Revision Guidance.

 

Careers drop-in sessions for Year 11 pupils,                            24th September 2018

Drop-in sessions for Year 11 career advice is available every Monday lunchtime and after school for our Year 11 pupils. 
Click here for further information.
 
The national What Career Live event also takes place on 12 and 13 October 2018 at Olympia London (free entry)
Click here for further details.
 
Click here for additional information on our Investor in Careers Award.
 
 

Year 7 and 8 Formal Examination Week, 17th September 2018

 

The Year 7 and 8 Formal Examination Week is from Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October 2018.

Click here for our letter to Year 7 parents/carers. 

Click here for the Year 7 Revision Guidance. 

Click here for our letter to Year 8 parents/carers.

Click here for the Year 8 Revision Guidance.

 

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.

Click here to read more. 

 

Year 11 Formal Examination Week, 12th September 2018

 

The Year 11 Formal Examination Week is from Monday 1 October to Friday 5 October 2018.

Click here for our letter to parents. 

Click here for the Year 11 Revision Guidance. 

 

First week of school for our new Year 7 pupils,                         7th September 2018

 

We were very pleased to see our new Year 7 pupils settling in so well and so engaged with their new environment and lessons.

Each pupil received a new reading book as a welcome gift and made a wonderful start to life at Platanos College with an understanding of the school's motto - Attitude Determines Altitude.

Click here to read more.

 

Year 7 Welcome Evening, 6th September 2018

 

We were delighted to meet so many Year 7 parents and carers yesterday at our welcome evening.

Please click on the links below for copies of the Year 7 guidance and core curriculum presentations.

Year 7 Guide (click here).

English department presentation (click here).

Maths department presentation (click here).

Science department presentation (click here).

 

Our GCSE results have shown significant improvement over the last few years and Platanos College is now one of the top-performing schools in the country.