News archive 2013-2014


Top performing pupils 2014, 29th August 2014

We would like to congratulate all of our pupils on their GCSE results this year. It is a pleasure to witness their achievements as a result of their tremendous hard work over the course of the year.  Once again, our GCSE results were outstanding overall. We are very proud of our pupils!  

Click here to read more about some of our top performing pupils.


Start of term arrangements, 25th August 2014

A big welcome back to all parents, carers and pupils. The first week of term arrangements for the new academic year are as follows: 

Monday 1 Sept 2014  Staff Training Day

Tuesday 2 Sept 2014  Staff Training Day

Wednesday 3 Sept 2014  Year 7 only - First day of term (8.40am start)

Thursday 4 Sept 2014  All pupils in school (8.40am start)

Friday 5 Sept 2014  All pupils in school (8.40am start)

Please note that pupils will be following a special induction programme and lessons will resume the following week.

We wish all pupils a successful 2014-2015 academic year. 


Business Fair, 18th July 2014

The annual Business Fair this term was a busy and sucessful event once again. Traditionally organised by our pupils and staff, the Business Fair remains an integral event on the school calendar as part of the school’s Business and Enterprise specialism. The event this year saw an increase in scale and the number of pupils taking part.

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Parade Day, 14th July 2014

Our annual Parade Day took place on Saturday 12th July 2014 with our Army Cadets, Girl Guides, Scouts and St. John Ambulance Cadets on parade. The event was a wonderful celebration of our uniformed services and was concluded by inspiring speeches delivered by Master Dennis Woods from the Worshipful Company of Fuellers, which provides generous support to the school, and the Deputy Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Anyanwu.

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Awards Evening 2014, 4th July 2014

The annual Awards Evening this term was a well-deserved celebration of our Key Stage 3 pupils' achievements over the entire academic year. We were pleased to see the many different awards being presented to our pupils. These included awards for outstanding attainment and progress and the Headteacher's Awards.

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Graduation Evening, 30th June 2014

Graduation Evening this year was a perfect conclusion to a hard working and productive year for our Year 11 pupils.  Many special awards were presented on the evening and the event concluded with a spectacular graduation dinner at the Croydon Park Hotel, attended by both staff and pupils to see off another successful year. 

We wish our graduates of 2014 all the success for the future. 

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Jack Petchey Awards, 27th June 2014

Platanos College participates in the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme, which aims to recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of our pupils.

We are delighted that, once again, our pupils were recipients of numerous Jack Petchey Awards this month in recognition of their achievements this year.

Many congratulations to our award winners! 

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International Evening, 23rd May 2014

Our annual International Evening, traditionally organised by our pupils, parents, carers and staff, took place successfully again this week.

The event saw an increase in attendance and in the scale of the activities on show and celebrated the cultural diversity at Platanos College with entertaining acts and a wonderful variety of food.

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Jack Petchey 'Speak Out' Final 2014, 16th May 2014

Earlier this week, two of our pupils reached the Jack Petchey 'Speak Out' Final 2014 - the UK's largest youth speaking competition. Both Abdullah Suleman and Caterina Pereira delivered oustanding speeches during the event.

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Lambeth Schools Athletics Championship, 16th May 2014

Our athletes returned with winners' medals today from the Lambeth Schools Athletics Championship 2014. Our athletes excelled in the highly competitive, annual event and have now been selected to represent the borough in the London Schools Athletics Championship!

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Phoenix Book Award 2014, 5th May 2014

Our pupils in 7A took part in the Phoenix Book Award 2014 last week. Two of our pupils' book reviews were recognised as two of the best reviews this year at the awards ceremony.

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Dragons' Den competition, 28th April 2014

The challenge of the Dragons' Den competition was met by a large number of pupils this year as part of the school's Business and Enterprise programmes. 

Our winners this year is 'T-vibez', a team from Year 9 who have won the funding to put their business plan into action.

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Jack Petchey 'Speak Out' competition, 23rd April 2014

Earlier in the term, our Year 10 pupils took part in the annual Jack Petchey 'Speak Out' selection competition - the UK's largest youth speaking competition. 

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Achievement Awards, 22nd April 2014

The Achievement Awards last term celebrated the achievement of our pupils in Key Stage 3. A record number of prizes were awarded recognising the hard work our pupils have demonstrated so far this year.

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Educational trip to Belgium, 7th April 2014

Last week, our pupils studying GCSE History had the valuable opportunity to attend a trip to Ypres, Belgium.  Pupils on the fascinating trip visited the historical sites on which the First World War was fought 100 years ago.

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Sport Relief fund-raising, 21st March 2014

In a joint enterprise between our pupil-led Charity Committee, Business Committee and Girl Guides, a charity cake sale was organised today. A total of £120 was raised for Sport Relief. A big thank you to all those that contributed!


Dragons' Den competition, 3rd March 2014

The Platanos College Dragons' Den competition relaunches today after its previous successes. The competition, part of the school's Business and Enterprise programmes, is open to all Key Stage 3 pupils at Platanos College.

Pupils must submit a Business Plan and present to a Dragons' Den panel in a bid to win funding for their business idea. 

Further information can be found here


Anne Frank Exhibition, 17th February 2014

The Anne Frank Exhibtion returned this year due to its success in previous years. The pupil-led exhibition explores the topics of prejudice, civil rights and conflict. 

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Work-related learning for Year 11 pupils, 14th February 2014

As part of the work-related programme at the school, some of our Year 11 pupils attended a workshop at Lambeth College and gained some impressive skills. 

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Girl Guides at CNY, 3rd February 2014

Our Girl Guides enjoyed a trip to the Chinese New Year celebrations in China Town and Trafalgar Square on Sunday 2nd February. Our Girl Guides are currently working towards their World Cultures Badge this term.

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Art exhibition by Platanos pupils, 17th January 2014

Artwork by Platanos pupils are currently on exhibition at the Tate South Lambeth Library until mid-February. This is a wonderful recognition of our talented artists.

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IntoUniversity Leadership programme, 13th January 2014

Our Year 9 pupils had the opportunity to participate in the new IntoUniversity Leadership programme that focused on developing skills for higher education and future employment.

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Achievement Assemblies, 3rd January 2014

The Achievement Assemblies last term was a great occasion once again. The assemblies recognised our CHABOP winners and the outstanding progress made by our pupils. 

We were pleased to see an increased number of pupils receiving awards for their outstanding efforts last term. 

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The Mayor's London Schools Gold Club,
2nd December 2013

We are pleased to announce that Platanos College is now a member of The Mayor's London Schools Gold Club for excellent schools. 

The Club recognises and celebrates exceptional schools that have succeeded against the odds in improving pupils' aspirations and achievements. The Club also facilitates the sharing of good practice.

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Platanos College has also been recognised by the Sutton Trust as among the best in the country after an analysis of the 500 top-performing schools and is a member of the SSAT Leading Edge network of high-performing schools. 


Anti-Bullying Week, 18th November 2013

Platanos College is committed to raising awareness of and tackling bullying. Anti-Bullying Week follows on from our Equalities workshops last week and begins on the 18th November with a full programme of activities for all pupils in school.

Monday 18th November

Assembly presentations/workshop.

Anti-bullying performance by Drama pupils for Year 7, 2.30pm.

Tuesday 19th November

Assembly presentations/workshop.

Anti-bullying performance by Drama pupils for Year 8, 2.30pm.

Wednesday 20th November

Assembly presentations/workshop.

Anti-bullying performance by Drama pupils for Year 9, 2.30pm.

Thursday 21st November

Assembly presentations/workshop.

Anti-bullying performance by Drama pupils for Year 10, 2.30pm.

Friday 22nd November

Assembly presentations/workshop.

Anti-bullying performance by Drama pupils for Year 11, 2.30pm.


Lord Mayor's Show, 11th November 2013

Our Army Cadets and St. John Ambulance Cadets were on parade at the prestigious Lord Mayor's Show on Saturday 9th November 2013. The Show is an annual televised event with more than 6,500 people and 150 floats on display to welcome the new Lord Mayor. 

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Platanos College pupils research local history, 17th October 2013

Platanos College pupils recently took part in an extended research project to explore the rich local history of our community.

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Army Cadets partnership at Platanos College, 9th October 2013

We are pleased to announce that Platanos College has successfully established an Army Cadets partnership with St. Dunstan’s College this year. 

The partnership agreement was officially signed on Tuesday 8th October 2013 by our Chair of Governors, Mr Alabi, and the Headteacher of St Dunstan’s College.

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Platanos College top of the Similar Schools Performance Table, 10th September 2013


Platanos College was this week congratulated by the Minister for Schools, David Laws MP (Department for Education), for its excellent performance in the new 2012 Similar Schools Performance Tables published this year.  We are one of the top performing schools in England on this measure.

These tables compare schools against those with near identical intakes and Platanos College stood out in two ways. Firstly, we were ranked number one in the table. Secondly, over 10% more of our pupils achieved five good GCSEs including English and Maths than is typical of a school of our intake. An excellent achievement for Platanos College.

Platanos College was also recently named by the Sutton Trust as among the best in the country after an analysis of the 500 top-performing schools and is a member of the SSAT Leading Edge network of high-performing schools.

Click here for our news release.

PGL residential trip, 9th September 2013


Our entire Year 7 group of pupils had the wonderful opportunity to attend a PGL multi-activity residential trip over one weekend in East Sussex.

Click here to read more about the exciting activities that took place.

Successful work experience for Year 10 pupils, 6th September 2013


The work experience programme for our Year 10 pupils last academic year was a real success.  

The programme took place over the last two weeks of term with pupils on a whole variety of placements. This ranged from law firms and businesses to schools and other public services.

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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.