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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)


At Platanos College, we have a commitment to providing a high quality, impartial, independent careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) to our pupils.

We are a member of the Investors in Careers Awarding Body, which ensures quality in careers guidance.

We are part of the Lambeth Careers Cluster working with other local schools and employers to enable pupils to gain access to a range of career events and opportunities and learn about the world of work in different environments and professions.
Our careers advice is a bespoke programme tailored to the needs of pupils at different stages of their education.

Investor in Careers Award

In September 2016, Platanos College, along with 16 other Lambeth schools, were invited to participate in the European Social Funded Career Cluster Project.

Platanos College now holds the Investor in Careers national quality award for its careers education provision.

The Investors in Careers Award is designed as a development tool to help raise standards and recognise excellence in careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG).

It is developed to enable schools to demonstrate that it meets the DfE statutory requirements. It is also recognised as meeting the Quality in Careers Standard.

To achieve the award, schools must complete three stages:

Stage 1 Commitment Certificate – Achieved December 2016

Stage 2 Intermediate Certificate – Achieved July 2017

Stage 3 Full Award – Achieved in December 2018

The Investor in Careers Award has supported the school’s opportunity to further expand their involvement with businesses, potentially creating partnerships with over 16 businesses and linking pupils’ education with the world of work.

To view our Investor in Careers Certificate, please click here.

Careers Guidance Strategy

To read the full details of our Careers Guidance Strategy, please click here.


We have a clear policy outlining our careers support available to our pupils. If parents/carers have any questions regarding our policy or if you would like further information, a hard copy or a more accessible version of the policy, please contact us. Appointments can be made with staff at the school if necessary.

For our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Policy, please click here (pdf).

Contact information

Our Careers Leader is: Ms T. Williams
Tel:  020 7733 6156

Careers programme information

The Careers Timetable for Spring 2019 can be found here.

The Careers Timetable for the Summer Term 2018 can be found here.

The Careers Timetable for the Spring Term 2018 can be found here .

The Careers Timetable for 2018 autumn half-term 2 can be found here.

The Careers Timetable for 2018 autumn half-term 1 can be found here.

Date of next review of our guidance

30 July 2021

Useful information for pupils, parents and carers

GetMyFirstJob – Get the latest information and opportunities here – click here.

Year 11 careers drop-in sessions are held on Mondays at Platanos College. For further details click here.

Click here for information on Year 11 work experience.

Click here for the Year 11 parents’ fact sheet.

For information about St. Francis Xavier Student Experience, click here.

To view the 2016 ranking of the A-Level schools in London and a list of all London Sixth Forms and Colleges, click here.

For a list of University Technical Colleges, click here.

Click here for information on what you can do as a parent/carer to support your child.

Forthcoming events

Plumpton College virtual event – 18th to 23rd January 2021. Click here.

Click here for a list of all the latest 2020-2021 virtual open events at the local colleges and sixth forms.

Morley College virtual open event – 15th December 2020. Click here.

Lambeth College virtual open event – 1st December 2020. Click here.

John Ruskin College virtual open event – 21 November 2020. Click here.

Ashbourne College Scholarships auditions – 18th November 2020. Click here.

South Bank UTC Virtual  Open Day – 11th November 2020. Click here.

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Parents’ Session at Richmond upon Thames College on Wednesday 5 December 2018, 7pm – 9pm. For further information click here.

Platanos College Careers Fair on Wednesday 7 November 2018, 4pm – 6pm. For further information, click here.

Chelsea Academy Sixth Form’s open evening is on Thursday 15 November 2018 (6 – 8pm). For further details click here.

The What Career Live event takes place on 12 & 13 October 2018 at Olympia London (free entry). For further details click here.

Click here for information on the upcoming Lambeth Careers Day on the 4th July 2018.

Click here for information on the upcoming BASE Jobs Fair on the 24th May 2018. 

For information on Sixth Form and College open events, click here.

Careers News

Spring 2021 term 1 newsletter – Click here.

Autumn 2020 term 2 newsletter – Click here.

Autumn 2020 term 1 newsletter – Click here.