News archive 2014-2015

Good Schools Guide Award, 13th July 2015


Platanos College has today been awarded the Good Schools Guide Award 2015. The award is in recognition of the school's consistent performance and excellent teaching in comparison to schools across the country.

The award is based on calculations by the Good Schools Guide, the largest independent guide to UK schools.


Minute's silence to pay our respects, 3rd July 2015


The entire school, as with the rest of the UK, held a minute's silence at midday to remember those who lost their lives in the events in Tunisia. It was also a solemn opportunity to continue to inform pupils of the impact of global events and the values of peace and tolerance.


Our Junior NBA Basketball champions in BBC filming, 26th June 2015


Our Platanos basketball players, including members of the team who won the Junior England NBA Basketball league earlier this year, took part in an invited exhibition match this week and filmed by the BBC Match of the Day.

Click here for further information (external link).


Air gliding trip at Lasham Airfield, 15th June 2015


Platanos pupils had the exciting opportunity to attend a trip to Lasham Airfield where they learnt about engineering and aviation and piloted a flight in a glider. 

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RISE fund-raising challenge, 2nd June 2015


We are proud to announce our pupils taking part in the RISE (Rural India School Enterprise) Challenge has raised a total of £255.43 for the RISE charity 'Yearn To Learn' literacy programme for our partner school in west Bengal. A very well done!

In a closely contested enterprise competition, Team Upcloud raised the most funds and will now represent Platanos College in the HSBC Dragons' Den national final this term. Many congratulations to Team Upcloud!


BBC Story Writing Competition, 22nd May 2015


One of our pupils, Joanna Byrne (Year 7), entered the BBC Radio 2 Story Writing 2015 Competition earlier this term and achieved great success. Joanna wrote a short story entitled "Death Camp Diary". Her story was based on her study at school of the novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Being a national competition, there were over 200,000 entries. Of this number, Joanna was placed 30th overall - a magnificent achievement!


IntoUniversity 'Business in Focus' programme, 18th May 2015


As part of the school’s IntoUniversity partnership programme, our Year 10 pupils attended a ‘Business in Focus’ day, centred on an enterprise challenge. The programme took place at the impressive Burberry headquarters.

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Mock General Election, 4th May 2015


With the UK General Election fast approaching and the heightened interest and debating taking place, Platanos College hosted a mock election on Friday 1st May for the entire school.

The mock election was an exciting event demonstrating the democratic process and raising awareness amongst pupils of the General Election on the 7th May.

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RISE fund-raising challenge, 24th April 2015


Our pupils are taking part in the RISE (Rural India School Enterprise) Challenge once again this year.

After the first round of the enterprise challenge, Team Upcloud made a net profit of £51.44 and Team Enterprise made £69.16. In total, £120.60 has so far been raised for the RISE charity 'Yearn To Learn' literacy programme for our partner school in west Bengal.

Well done and keep up the good work.

Platanos College one of the best in the country for pupil progress at GCSE, 23rd March 2015


Platanos College has just received national recognition for the value it adds to pupils' achievement at GCSE by the independent organisation SSAT. 

Click here for our press release.

Platanos College has also previously 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.


Achievement Magazine, 13th February 2015


Click here to read the latest edition of our Achievement Magazine. 


Year 11 mock exams, 6th February 2015


The Year 11 mock exams take place on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th February 2015.

Click here for the timetable.


Platanos College crowned Junior NBA Basketball England League Champions by NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo!

15th January 2015


We are extremely proud to announce that Platanos College were crowned champions of the inaugural Junior NBA Basketball England League today!

The trophy was presented by NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, with the winners of the competition receiving exclusive invitations to an official dinner with NBA legends and VIP tickets to the NBA global games at the O2 arena!

A magnificent achievement for our basketball team! Well done!

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Art exhibition at the Tate South Lambeth, 13th January 2015


The Tate South Lambeth is currently holding an exhibition of Platanos pupils' art work entitled 'Portraits'. The selected art work is now open to the public. 

Further information to follow.


Platanos College rated 'Outstanding' in all aspects by Ofsted, 9th January 2015


We are pleased to announce that following an Ofsted inspection in December 2014 (report published January 2015), Platanos College was rated 'Outstanding' in all aspects by Ofsted.

This is the third successive 'Outstanding' rating awarded to the school and is a wonderful recognition of the entire school community under the extremely high expectations of the new Ofsted framework.

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Click here for the full report.


Platanos in the Junior NBA semi-finals, 8th January 2015


We are delighted that our talented basketball team has made it through to the Junior NBA semi-finals this week!  The all important semi-finals and final will take place next week, attended by NBA legends including Dikembe Mutumbo. 

Well done and we wish our pupils the best of luck for next week!

Read more here.


Spring term begins, 2nd January 2015


We would like to wish all parents, carers and pupils a happy and productive new year.

The new term begins on Monday 5th January 2015. We look forward to seeing all pupils back on Monday.


Charity fund-raising, 12th December 2014


Our pupil-led Charity Commitee in partnership with our Girl Guides and Scouts embarked on a fund-raising campaign this week. Items including food and warm clothing were collected and a cake sale was organised in order to raise money for charities for the homeless.

Over £100 in total was raised. All donations will be given to the charities Brixton Soup Kitchen and Crisis. A big thank you to all those that contributed!


Ofsted inspection, 9th December 2014


The school has today (Tuesday 9th December) received notice that we will be inspected by Ofsted on Wednesday 10th December and Thursday 11th December 2014.

To read Ofsted's letter to parents/carers, please click here.

To read Ofsted's guide on inspections for parents/carers, please click here.

To read Ofsted's information leaflet on inspections, please click here.


End of term activities, 1st December 2014


Our end-of-term programme of activities begin towards the end of this term. As a result, there will be disruption to normal lessons.

The exciting activities include educational trips to enhance learning, revision workshops, parents' evenings, Awards Evenings, the Grammar School Pathway exams, the Christmas Concert and Theatre Production, CHABOP Day and many others. Click here for dates.


Skills London 2014 at the Excel Centre, 18th November 2014


Our Year 11 pupils will be attending a trip to the Skills London 2014 event on Friday. Skills London 2014 is the biggest jobs and careers event of the year. Supported by the Mayor of London, Skills London offers the opportunity to interact with some of the best names in employment, education and training in a highly interactive environment.


Equality and Diversity at Platanos, 17th November 2014


Two of our Equality Champions delivered thought-provoking speeches to the entire school community on the topic of Equality and Diverstiy, a focus for the whole school assembly this week.

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Remembrance Day at Platanos College, 11th November 2014


The entire Platanos College community gathered together today to remember the historic centenary of the First World War and commemorate our servicemen and women.

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'Preventing extremism' training, 5th November 2014


Reflecting on the current affairs taking place in the UK and globally, a training workshop was delivered to staff on preventing extremism and radicalisation by the Lambeth Prevent Programme, which is part of the national strategy.

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Drama scholarship for Platanos pupil, 10th October 2014


We are delighted to announce that our pupil, Daniel Payne, has recently won a scholarship at the Jigsaw Performing Arts School for this academic year.

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Chinese Mandarin classes at Platanos, 6th October 2014


We are delighted that this academic year, the school has been able to introduce Chinese Mandarin extra-curricular classes for pupils at Platanos College.

The language is widely spoken with over a billion speakers. This programme offers our school community an opportunity to learn about one of the world's fastest-growing economies.

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Open Morning/Evening for Year 6, 1st September 2014


Click here for details on our Open Morning and Open Evening for Year 6 parents, carers and pupils.

The events will provide detailed information (including tours of the school) for parents/carers of Year 6 pupils who will be transferring to secondary school in September 2015. No appointments necessary. 


The Mayor's London Schools Gold Club,

1st September 2014


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

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.

Read more here.

Platanos College has also previously 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.

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.