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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.

Click here to read the letter for further information.


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.

Click here to read more and see the photos.


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.

Click here to read more.


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.

Click here to read more.


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.

Click here to read more.


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.

Click here to read more.


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.

Click here for further information.

Outstanding GCSE results 2016, 
26th August 2016

Platanos College pupils celebrate their excellent GCSE results this year. 

Over two thirds (73%) achieved 5+ A*-C grades including English and maths and, on average, achieved over half a grade higher in at least 8 subjects when compared to pupils across the country using the new Progress 8 measure.

Click here to read more. 


Venn Street Market Business and Enterprise Project,
3rd June 2016

Our Girl Guides took part in the recent Venn Street Market trading project. This project allowed the pupils to experience the process from business and financial planning to production and marketing.

Click here to read more. 


Mayor of London mock election at Platanos College,
6th May 2016

With the Mayor of London elections upon us, the entire school took part in a mock election for the London Mayor earlier this week. The exciting event mirrored the election process with brilliant speeches and whole school voting.

Click here to read more. 


Public Health England message on measles, 5th May 2016

Please click on the links below to read the letters from Public Health England in relation to measles in London.  This is circulated on the request of Public Health England and the local authority.

Click here for further details. 


Speak Out Challenge Finals, 14th April 2016

Many congratulations to our two pupils, Nathanael Clarke and Francisco Ferreira, who have been selected to compete in the Speak Out Challenge Finals this term. 

The Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge is a highly competitive debating/speaking competition in which Platanos pupils have had many recent successes. 

Platanos College receives the SSAT Educational Outcomes Award, 21st March 2016

Platanos College has recently been recognised by the SSAT Network for excellent educational outcomes.

The organisation's analysis determined that Platanos College is in the top 10% of schools nationally for pupil progress based on the most recent results.

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.


England call for Platanos pupil, 2nd February 2016

Many congratulations to our pupil Wilfrid Santhe. Wilfrid has once again been called up to the England Under-14 Boys national basketball team.

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Lambeth Achievement Awards, 19th January 2016

We are delighted that many of our Platanos pupils were recipients of the Lambeth Achievement Awards this year. The grand ceremony took place at the Royal Festival Hall and the awards were presented by the Chief Executive of Lambeth Council.

Click here for further details.


Foundation Awards ceremony, 1st December 2015

The annual Foundation Awards ceremony took place last week and was a wonderful celebration of our pupil's outstanding success and talent in Art, Drama, Technology, PE and Music.

The ceremony was well attended and provided a wonderful showcase of pupils' work during the evening. The key note speech was delivered by our special guest speaker, David Pickering, a performing artist and Education Administrator of the Royal Opera House, with which the school has established educational and career links.

Click here to read more and for photos.


Show My Homework online tool, 16th November 2015

Show My Homework is a website tool to record and monitor pupils’ homework. The school has introduced this online system this term in order to continue to maximise pupils’ learning.

Parents and carers can see and keep track of all the homework set by their teachers by logging into the system using their individual account so that they can better support their children. The system can be accessed via a computer, mobile phone app or tablet device.

Click here for further information.

The system can be accessed via the following link:


Presidential elections at Platanos, 12th October 2015

The annual presidential elections for pupils took place this term to conclude the brilliant election campaigns delivered by our pupil candidates.

Many congratulations to your newly elected Presidents and Vice Presidents.

Year 7 President  Robert Karapetian (42 votes)

Year 7 Vice President  Andave Ramdhun (19 votes)

Year 8 President  Jasmine Scott & Mohamed Sheikh (24 votes)

Year 8 Vice President  Camila Albuquerque (23 votes)

Year 9 President Keni  Duguma (37 votes)

Year 9 Vice President  Miseb Gjetaj (21 votes)


Platanos College receives its third London Mayor's Gold Club Award, 28th September 2015

We are pleased that Platanos College has been awarded the Mayor of London's Gold Club status for a third successive year. 

The Club recognises and celebrates exceptional schools that have 'bucked the trend' and succeeded in raising standards and pupils' achievement. The Club also facilitates the sharing of good practice.

Read the media release 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 recognised nationally by the SSAT for adding value to pupils' attainment.


Platanos celebrates the Internatioal Day of Languages,
25th September 2015

Pupils and staff at Platanos College today celebrated the International Day of Languages. It was a fascinating day with a host of special lessons, assemblies and food from around the world.

Click here to read more and see photos.

Click here for interesting facts and information. 


History Month, 25th September 2015

History Month begins next month at Platanos College. There will be a series of exciting assemblies, presentations and learning activities for pupils next week.

Please contact the History department for further details. 


Scholarships for Science, Maths, Art, Music, Business and Enterprise, 1st September 2015

Platanos College is introducing new scholarships and bursaries from September 2016.

New pupils applying to join the school in September 2016 will be eligible to apply for scholarships in Science, Maths, Art, Music and Business and Enterprise.

Up to 10% of new Year 7 places for September 2016 will be designated for applicants showing potential or aptitude in Art or Music.

These prestigious scholarships will allow the most able pupils access to additional provision, including extra master classes, tuition and workshops delivered by experts specific to the discipline.

For further information, please see our Admissions page here.

To make an application for a Year 7 place in September 2016, please click here (deadline 31st October 2015).


Open Events for Year 6, 1st September 2015

The Year 6 Open Events will take place at the college on the following dates:

Tuesday 22 September (9.30am - 10.30am)

Wednesday 23 September (4pm - 6.30pm)

All Year 6 pupils and parents/carers are welcome.

Click here for further information.


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.

Click here to read more.


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!

Click here for photos.


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.

Click here to read more. 

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.

Click here to read more. 


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.

Click here to read more. 


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.

Click here to read more. 


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.