You’re likely aware of the outbreak of novel coronavirus, now named Corvid 19, in China and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK. At Plashet School, we take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we are sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking.

There is currently no cause for concern at our school, but we will keep you informed about any developments and ensure we are keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.

Prevent the spread of infection
Make sure you and your daughter(s) follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
• Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
• If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Returning travellers

Based on the scientific advice the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from:
  • mainland China,
  • Thailand,
  • Japan,
  • Republic of Korea,
  • Hong Kong,
  • Taiwan,
  • Singapore,
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

If you have returned from the following specific areas since 19th February, you should call NHS111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
  • Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
  • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)

If you have returned from the following areas since 19th February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

  • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

If you or your daughter(s) are well:
• You don’t need to avoid contact with other people.
• Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities.
If you become unwell:
• Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses.
• Follow the home isolation advice sheet
• Call NHS 111 immediately in order for you to be assessed by an appropriate specialist in hospital, as quickly as possible.

Symptoms to look out for
If you’ve returned from the specified countries or Hubei, look out for the following symptoms:
• Cough
• Difficulty in breathing
• ever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)
If you have any of these symptoms:
• If it’s an emergency, call 999 and tell them which country you have returned from in the past 14 days.
• If you’re unwell, but it’s not an emergency, call NHS 111 and tell them which country you have returned from in the past 14 days
While you wait for further advice:
• Avoid contact with others.
• Stay at home – don’t go to work or school.
• Don’t travel while sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, throwing tissues in the bin.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available).

If you or your daughter have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school either by telephone, 0208 471 2418 or email,

Today we were privileged to celebrate the achievements of an exceptional group of young women as they move on to the next stage of their life.

This year’s results once again demonstrate the diversity of interests enjoyed by our girls who have attained stellar grades across a broad range of academic subjects. As always, our girls do not shy away from the subjects traditionally favoured by boys and we were delighted that Plashet’s reputation of excellence in the STEM subjects has again been confirmed with 34% of results from examinations taken across the Sciences achieved at grades 7, 8 & 9. Other areas of study share the honours with top grades achieved across 21 subject areas. Overall Plashet girls gained 153 Grade 9s – our highest ever – in the third year of the tougher revised GCSEs.

There are 268 individual stories but four that I will highlight. Mahnoor Akhtar gained 9 Grade 9s and a Grade 8; Noshin Sadia gained 9 Grade 9s and a Grade 7; Shima Mohammed and Habiba Khan both gained 8 Grade 9s and 2 Grade 8s.  Truly exceptional results and it seemed fitting, after the country recently celebrated 50 years of The Beatles Abbey Road seminal album, that we celebrate our fab four in this iconic way.

All girls fully embraced our ethos as a school where learning is its own reward. They willingly and enthusiastically gave their full commitment to their studies. In return, our superb team of specialist subject staff have encouraged and supported them. We must not forget 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 the highest grades but have surpassed their own expectations to achieve strong personal results. We wish the Class of 2019 the very best for their futures as they head off towards the next chapter of their education and look forward to welcoming them back as part of our Plashet Old Student Association and active alumnae network.

Plashet remains a place that is all about young women – who they are, what they are capable of and what they can become. Open Evening for admission to Plashet School in September 2020 will be held on Wednesday 25th September 16.00-19.00. Please see for more details.

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

Rachel McGowan
Head Teacher

The final edition of Plashet Post for this academic year went to students today – Friday 12th July 2019Plashet Post - 12th July 2019

We are open as usual on Wednesday 5th June and we look forward to welcoming our students on site from 8.20am.

Dear Plashet Parents, Carers & Students,

Eid-Ul-Fitr is now confirmed as tomorrow – Tuesday 4th June 2019.

School is therefore closed for Years 7, 8, 9 & 10 tomorrow – Tuesday 4th June 2019.

School will take place as normal on Wednesday 5th June 2019 and all students are expected to attend.

As an exam centre all of Year 11 have English Language GCSE Paper 1 on Tuesday 4th June in the morning and are therefore expected in school.

Some Year 11 students also have Music or Business GCSE on Tuesday 4th June in the afternoon.

Those Year 11 students who do not have an exam on Tuesday afternoon will be released to go home after their morning exam.

Best regards & Eid Mubarak to those of you celebrating tomorrow,

Mrs McGowan

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.

Plashet School