News archive 2016-2017

Parade Day, 11th July 2017

Our annual parade day this year was a spectacular occasion and our largest to date. On parade were our Army Cadets, Scouts, Girl Guides and St John Ambulance Cadets as the school shared in the celebration of our cadets' achievements.

The prestigious awards were presented by our distinguished guests from the Worshipful Company of Fuellers.

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Tours into the past: London Dungeons and Jack the Ripper educational trips, 7th July 2017

Last week, our Year 10 pupils attended joint History and English department trips to the London Dungeons and Jack the Ripper Tours. The trips were a great success with an exciting mixture of fun facts, fright, and insight for their GCSE studies.

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Speak Up! Hyde Park Debating Champions, 16th June 2017

Platanos College pupils competed in the Speak Up! Hyde Park Debating Challenge in the historic surroundings of Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park. Our pupils competed against 20 of the top teams through three rounds.

It was a captivating debate in the final round and after careful deliberation, the judges selected Platanos College as the 2017 Speak Up! Hyde Park Debating champions!

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Platanos College receives three Educational Outcomes awards from the SSAT, 17th May 2017

We are delighted that Platanos College has received national recognition for its exceptional pupil achievement, making it one of the top schools in the country again this year.

Data analysis from official statistics show that Platanos College is in the top 10% nationally for pupil progress and top 20% for pupil attainment. Additionally, the college has received an award for its success in achieving high levels of performance for pupils eligible for the pupil premium. 

This is the third successive year the college has received an SSAT award in recognition of its high performance.

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Platanos College was also congratulated for its exceptional achievement by the Minister of State for School Standards earlier this year.

The school 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.


Speak Out Challenge Regional Final, 12th May 2017

Our Year 10 pupil, Chukwudindu Okoli, represented Platanos College in the absorbing regional final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge 2017. A very well done to Chukwudindu Okoli who performed extremely well throughout the competition.

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre trip, 10th May 2017

Last week our GCSE Drama pupils visited the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to watch the captivating play Nell Gwynn. 

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The Hyde Park Debating Challenge, 5th May 2017

On Thursday a selection of our most able Year 8 and 9 pupils attended the launch event of Speak Up! - The Hyde Park Debating Challenge. The visit included an interactive workshop and tour of Hyde Park and Speakers' Corner in preparation for the school competition in Hyde Park this June. 

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Google Expeditions Workshop, 24th April 2017

The highly exciting Google Expeditions workshop took place last Friday with over 20 classes from different year groups taking part. 

Each pupil received a Google Virtual Reality Headset and journeyed all over the globe and back in time to witness some of the most amazing things up close.

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The Big Debate, 20th April 2017

This week Platanos College pupils were the lucky attendees of a show debate at The Royal Institute with some very special guests.

The pupils had the opportunity to meet some inspiring people including newscaster Jon Snow, Academy Award winning actress Emma Thompson, and Bill Gates, who made a surprse visit to deliver a speech and a question and answer session.

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Debate Mate Accelerate pupils at the Houses of Parliament, 20th March 2017

Last week our Debate Mate Accelerate pupils had the exciting opportunity to take part in their first competitive debate in the Urban Debate League at the prestigious rooms of the Houses of Parliament.

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Platanos College congratulated by the Minister of State for School Standards, 13th March 2017

We are delighted that Platanos College has recently been recognised by the Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb MP, for its exceptional achievement. 

Platanos College was congratulated for the high levels of progress its pupils made between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 (GCSE). 

The recent national league tables indicated that Platanos College is amongst the top schools in the country for pupil progress and for the percentage of pupils entering the core academic subjects (the English Baccalaureate subjects).

We are extremely proud of the hard work and exceptional achievement of our pupils and staff.

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Cricket Leadership programme, 6th February 2017

Our talented pupil leaders took part in delivering a cricket coaching workshop to primary school pupils from Winterbourne Boys’ Academy.

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RAF STEM workshop, 23rd January 2017

Our pupils were treated to an amazing engineering roadshow from the Royal Air Force as part of our STEM provision.

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Theatre workshop for able pupils, 10th January 2017

Our recent theatre workshop on the 9th January for our most able pupils in Key Stage 3 was a very successful and challenging production for the pupils. They attended Southwark Playhouse to study Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and impressed everyone.

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London Eye New Year performance, 9th January 2017

The London South Bank was alive with dancing dragons, lions and the sound of beating drums as Platanos College pupils helped initiate the festivities for the Chinese New Year as part of the school's cultural programme.

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The Guardian children's reading project, 16th December 2016

Our new reading project was launched this week following the announcement of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and shortlist of books. The group will be studying and reading the shortlisted books over the holidays and will look forward to the winning author Alex Wheatle's visit in the new term.

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Theatre day at the West End and Young Vic Theatre,
9th December 2016

Earlier this week, our Year 10 and 11 Drama pupils took part in an immersive theatre week at the London West End and the Young Vic Theatre.

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Debate Mate programme, 21st November 2016

It has been a good start for the Debating Club this year with several new members joining from different year groups across the school. Following the half term, our Debate Mate mentors officially began the Debate Mate programme and pupils have grasped the skills much more quickly than expected. The Club is looking forward to their first competition in the Urban Debate League in January where they have done well in previous years.

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Platanos College Careers Fair, 21st October 2016

Platanos College was delighted to welcome pupils, parents, carers and exhibitors to its annual Careers Fair. The successful event has increased in scale each year and is part of our Careers Education and Guidance programme in which pupils and parents have the opportunity to make informed choices about a diverse range of professions and educational options.

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Successful bid for the Tycoon in Schools business project, 
20th October 2016

We are delighted that a group of our Year 7 pupils were successul in their bid for the Tycoon in Schools project. The programme is a national enterprise competition launched in 2012 by Peter Jones CBE to encourage pupils to get involved in business. 

The business plan submitted by our pupils in competition with other schools across the country was selected by the programme and has secured a start-up fund for our pupils to run a business in school. A very well done to our pupils.

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New table tennis programme at Platanos College,
13th October 2016

We are delighted to introduce a new coaching programme and new facilities for table tennis this year. This has been made possible via a successful Jack Petchey Foundation application and will be part of a long term plan to coach pupils to competition level. 

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Platanos College celebrates History Month, 6th October 2016

This month sees Platanos College celebrate History Month. This year we are celebrating the theme of the History of London and, in particular, how the people of London that have gone before us have shaped this great city that we live in.

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New pupil leaders, 23rd September 2016

We congratulate our new pupil leaders for the academic year 2016-2017. Elections were held for our new Head Boys, Head Girls, Prefects and Trainee Leaders. 

Jason Akbulut and Wajid Ahmed are our new Head Boys and Precious Oladipo and Kawtar Haouache are our new Head Girls.

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Reading books for our new Year 7 pupils, 12th September 2016

Platanos College continued its tradition this year of presenting a new reading book to all new Year 7 pupils as part of the school's continued, long term promotion of reading and literacy.

Platanos pupils are encouraged to develop a love for books from day one and they were thrilled to receive the gifts during a presentation in their first school assembly.

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Open Morning/Evening for Year 6, 1st September 2016

The Year 6 Open Morning/Evening will take place at the college on the following dates:

Tuesday 20 September (9.30am - 10.30am)

Wednesday 21 September (4pm - 6.30pm)

All Year 6 pupils, parents and carers are welcome.

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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.