Thursday 15th March is the annual BBC School Report News Day event and our roving reporters have collated a newsreel to capture our most recent events in school.
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.
Under a Hot sizzling sun our girls did themselves proud in the 100ms, 200ms, relay races as well as long jump and shot put. In addition, students with special needs participated with a range of adapted sports with celebrations being truly inclusive.
Well done to staff and students.
Miss George, Deputy Headteacher
Year 11 students will be able to collect their GCSE results on Thursday 24th August 2017 between 9.00am and 10.00am from the South Canteen.
If students are unable to attend in person they may send a family member to collect their results, providing they inform the exams officer in advance by email or letter. The email or letter needs to clearly state who is attending in place of the student and this family member will need to bring photo identification with them on the day.
Students can also request that their results are posted home on the morning of Thursday 24th August.
Any results envelopes that are not collected by 10.00am on Thursday 24th August will be held in school reception until Tuesday 29th August when they will be posted to the address we hold on file.
No results will be given out by telephone or email.