Inclement Weather Alert

Friday 1st February 2019

Having reviewed all available weather forecasting for this evening and overnight I have taken the decision that the we will follow our inclement weather procedures tomorrow morning. This allows staff and students more time to get to school tomorrow in what are likely to be icy conditions.

On Friday 1st February school will start for students at 10.00am.

School will end as normal at 3.35pm for Years 7, 8, 9 & 10.

School will end as normal at 4.35pm for Year 11.

Students should wear footwear, such as wellington boots, boots, shoes or trainers with plenty of grip as well as warm coats, gloves, hats and scarves appropriate to the conditions.

152 awe-inspiring grade 9s from state school girls

#​Plashet Power

‘There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish’.

Michelle Obama

Thursday 23rd August 2018

Congratulations to all Plashet students on their outstanding results.  We are delighted that 40% of all GCSE grades have been awarded 9, 8, 7, A* or A – the top grades.  Plashet’s academic strength is especially impressive, with 105 students achieving at least one grade 9 or A*.  After weeks of waiting for their examination results, the School is proud and pleased that all of the students’ hard work over the last five years has been recognised.

In a climate when young women pursuing STEM subjects is very low nationally, Plashet is very proud that 1 in 4 of this year’s leavers achieved grades 7, 8 or 9 in 2 or more Science courses and 1 in 3 gained grades 7, 8 or 9 in Maths. A large number will go on to study maths and the sciences at A Level.

We must not forget, however, that top grades are not the be all and end all, and the School is equally proud of those girls who may not have achieved all higher grades but have surpassed their own expectations to achieve strong results – Plashet’s holistic vision of education means that we value highly those who, alongside their academic achievements, demonstrate that they are talented actors, chefs, sportswomen, musicians and artists.

Head Teacher, Rachel McGowan, said: ‘Our girls’ GCSE successes are outstanding, they have worked particularly hard in meeting the challenges of the new more rigorous GCSE examinations and this is even more pleasing because their academic work is just one of the many things they do at Plashet.

There are 268 individual stories but two that I would highlight are Noor Talib who fought cancer throughout Years 10 and 11 and still sat and gained strong passes in all 6 subjects she took and Maimoona Khan who achieved grade 9s in all eight of her subjects, in what is the toughest examination year ever for GCSE students ever.

In their time with us, this year’s cohort have grown into confident and socially aware young women. It has been a privilege for us to both teach them and learn from them and they will all, I have no doubt, excel on their journey beyond Plashet. We wish them the very best for the next phase of their journey.

I would like to thank Plashet staff for inspiring and supporting the girls, their efforts are a crucial element in ensuring that our students, year on year, achieve the outstanding results Plashet is well known for even in a year of the toughest examinations we have ever seen.’

All of examination results remain provisional and subject to change until after the enquiries about results process is completed.





We are open as usual on Monday 5th March, so we look forward to seeing all of our students between 8.20am and 8.45am. All trips and after school interventions will proceed as planned and school finishes at 3.35pm.

Inclement weather procedures are in place, meaning School will start at 10.00am and end at 1.45pm for students on Friday 2nd March. There will be no after school activities and no weekend activities. Please ensure you use Twitter to keep up-to-date with Plashet School. Our Twitter feed can be found at @PlashetSchool Students should wear footwear, such as wellington boots, boots, shoes or trainers with plenty of grip as well as warm coats, gloves, hats and scarves appropriate to the conditions.

Thursday 1st March Inclement Weather Procedure in place – Students to arrive at 10.00am.

Please make sure you are wrapped up warm. Boots & trainers are allowed today due to weather conditions.

All after school clubs cancelled today and students off site at 2:30pm

Newham Word Fest runs from Monday 6th November to Sunday 19th November. The fortnight-long festival will see poets, authors and illustrators take part in sessions, conversations and shows throughout the borough.

We were very fortunate enough to be invited to attend one of the opening events of the festival at Manor Park Library on Monday 6th November. 60 Year 9 students joined authors Sally Nicholls and Catherine Barter to discuss their inspiration for writing, approaches to the writing process, character and plot development strategies and the relevance of activism today. Sally Nicholls’ ‘Things A Bright Girl Can Do’ is based in the East End of London and follows the lives of three young girls as they experience the suffrage movement first-hand. ‘Troublemakers’ by Catherine Barter was announced as being on the CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist for 2018 just before we heard Catherine speak. The book is also set in the East End of London and follows Alena as she navigates her past and tries to build a future.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed listening to both authors, clearly shown in the photo of Safa Abufazal, Minaal Meer and Zaynab Ahmed with Catherine and Sally.

On Wednesday 8th November, 90 Year 8 students visited The Gate, Forest Gate’s Library to meet Award winning author, Frances Hardinge. Frances spoke about her three most recent books, ‘Cuckoo Song’, ‘The Lie Tree’ and ‘A Skinful of Shadows’ and her love of reading. She answered questions honestly, explored her inspirations for writing and even read us extracts from several of her books. Year 8, particularly 8L, were enthralled with the discussions about ‘The Lie Tree’ as they had read it as part of their English learning in Year 7.

Once Frances had answered all of Year 8’s questions, she then signed copies of her different titles and chatted to our students. Jathavi Thayalapavan was one of the last students to get her book signed and this photograph gives you an insight into just how appreciative our girls were of Frances’ time.

Plashet School Examination Results Press Release 24.08.17

‘One is not born, but rather becomes a woman’ wrote the French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir in 1949. She describes how we change throughout our lives and do not lose one phase but grow into another. I feel her quote captures the essence of today for our Plashet girls as they collect their GCSE examination results and finally leave us.

Today also marks a new era for England’s examination system with the first set of revised GCSE results in English Language, English Literature and Maths. The revised GCSEs have been deliberately designed to be tougher and are awarded as grades 9 to 1. All other subjects are legacy GCSEs and therefore still awarded A* – G grades. Over the last 2 years we have managed the introduction, students and staff have worked phenomenally hard and today we come together to mark an important milestone in the lives of our students.

Plashet School’s motto is ‘working together to promote and celebrate achievement’ and this totally sums up what Plashet has done again this year as we celebrated student’s GCSE results this morning. I am delighted to announce that once again students at Plashet School have performed superbly in their GCSE examinations with large numbers of Plashet’s young women excelling. We are proud of every single one of our 264 young women and, as they move on to the next phase of their education, today is their day to celebrate 5 years of hard work, commitment and resilience”.

The core purpose of Plashet School is to ensure that young women are happy and successful. Whilst exam results are not representative of the whole experience a student has during their time at Plashet, they do provide a vital passport on to life beyond Plashet’s walls and unlock the next phase of young women’s lives. At Plashet, a truly comprehensive school, this has always been a major focus but its importance has been highlighted this year in light of recent data revealing the continuing gender gap in pay and opportunity faced by women.

Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education has said that “The process used by Ofqual to avoid grade inflation will ensure that broadly the same proportion of pupils achieve the grade 4 and above this summer as achieved the grade C and above last year.” We are therefore delighted with our results. To give some context to the success our young women have achieved:

Our total top grades (A*, A, 7, 8, 9) pass rate across all subjects and entries is 33% – a third of all grades therefore being the gold standard.

30 girls gained grade 9s (11 in Maths and 26 in English). Anonna Chowdhury and Katelin Dharmajan both achieved 3 world class Grade 9s in all three new examinations.

34 girls (13%) gained 8 or more GCSEs including English & Maths at the golden A*, A, 7, 8, 9 grades.

188 (71%) gained 5 or more GCSEs including English & Maths at grade C or 4 and above.

I congratulate Plashet girls on their superb success and know they would want me to recognise Plashet staff for their care, expertise and support. Finally, I would remind everyone not to compare today’s results with previous years. We are now in a new educational landscape that will take time to settle and be understood.

Rachel McGowan
Head Teacher

Plashet School