Dear Plashet students, parents and carers,

Happy New Year to you all.

We will be holding parent/carer/teacher meetings for all year groups this term. These will all be in person meetings held in school from 1.30 until 5.30pm.

We will continue to use the SchoolCloud platform for parents/carers to book meetings with their child’s teachers. Before your child’s parents/teacher meeting your child will bring home a letter with details of how to use the system and your pin code which will allow you to book your appointments.

All students will be dismissed at 12.30pm on each of the dates below to enable staff to conduct appointments with parents/carers. There will be food available at breaktime for all students, including those entitled to free school meals.
Year 11 Parent/Carer/Teacher meetings 17th January
Year 8 Parent/Carer/Teacher meetings 30th January
Year 10 Parent/Carer/Teacher meetings 22nd February
Year 9 Parents/Carer/Teacher meetings 13th March
Year 7 Parent/Carer/Teacher meetings 27th March

A reminder that parking outside Plashet School on Plashet Grove is prohibited and causes major disruption on a main thoroughfare.

I ask that those parents/carers who have been parking outside school please park more safely much further away so that everybody’s child is safe, not just their own, and that they do not impede other road users, local residents and most especially the emergency services.

To improve the safety, the Council has painted zig zag and yellow lines in specific areas outside the school. There should be no stopping or parking outside school between 8.00am and 5.00 Monday to Friday. Please show students good examples by obeying the rules.

Newham Council has a parking enforcement officer patrolling the area and issuing penalty notices to those drivers parking illegally.

I realise that there are some parents who have no alternative but to drive their children to school, however many are driving short distances where walking is a real option.

I do appreciate that most parents/carers walk, use public transport or drive responsibly to school and your cooperation is much appreciated.

Finally I would like to remind you all of Plashet’s Severe Weather Procedure which follows below.

I wish you and your family happiness and good health in 2024.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Rachel McGowan
Head Teacher
Plashet School

Severe Weather Procedure

As we are now in winter where poor weather is more likely to affect us, I would like to take this opportunity to outline for everyone the procedures we will follow when weather conditions are severe such as heavy snow and/or icy conditions.

The procedure in light of severe weather will be as follows.

At 7:00am on any day where weather looks like it could prevent us from opening, parents/carers will receive an email from Plashet informing you of one of five positions:

School Open as normal

School Open: Severe weather procedure in place

School Open: Years 10 & 11 ONLY

School Open: GCSE Examination Contingency Plan ONLY

School Closed due to severe weather

If the “School Open: Severe weather procedure in place” position is adopted, students should delay their journey into school, aiming to arrive at 9:45am. The day will then run as follows:

9.45am Registration

10.00 Lesson 1

10.45 Lesson 2

11.30 Lesson 3

12.30 Lunch

1:30 Lesson 4

2:30 School ends

If we are concerned about lunchtime safety, students will be instructed to remain in the building through these sessions, with staff on duty to ensure the safety of our students is maintained.

If the “School Open: Years 10 & 11 ONLY” position is adopted this means that only students in those year groups are to attend school. My decision to adopt this position will be driven by the number of staff who can safely get to school. KS4 students should delay their journey into school, aiming to arrive at 9:45am. The day will finish at 2.00pm, as lunch will be 30 minutes due to reduced numbers. Years 7, 8 & 9 will be set learning tasks via Google Classroom.

If there are timetabled examinations scheduled on a day when I have decided that the school should be closed to staff and students, the “School Open: GCSE Examination Contingency Plan ONLY” position will be adopted. In such an eventuality, the school will only be open to candidates sitting timetabled GCSE examinations. All candidates are expected to make the effort to come in and sit their examination.

If the weather is sufficiently bad that enough staff can not get to school for us to safely open and I make the decision to close the school all year groups will be set learning tasks via Google Classroom.

I will endeavor to keep the school open but the need may arise to send students home early should extreme weather arrive during the school day. In this eventuality, the school website will indicate “Emergency Closure due to severe weather”; we will email parents/carers to alert them and your daughter will bring home a letter with her outlining my decision. If, due to travel arrangements or issues regarding gaining access, students are unable to go home we will keep them at school until arrangements can be made.

In the event of severe weather, students should wear footwear appropriate to the conditions. This means footwear with good grip in snow or icing conditions or wellington boots or other suitable waterproof shoes.

We are so pleased to finally be able to share our fantastic Plashet 100 Exhibition with you.

The Exhibition

Behind the Scenes

It has really been a work of heart with our former student and current Governor, Meg Khan leading us on a very exciting journey of celebration.

Dear Plashet students, parents & carers,

The school day ends at 12.30pm on Wednesday 27th September as we hold our annual open evening for Year 6 families.

This also means there will be no lesson 6 for Year 11 on this day.

Parents and carers are asked to please ensure they know what time to expect their daughter and that she comes straight home from her early school finish and is not hanging around the High Street or Plashet Park.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs McGowan

Head Teacher
Plashet School

URGENT Sports Day cancelled

Dear Plashet staff, students, parents & carers,

It is with regret that I have taken the decision to cancel Sports Day today due to the high likelihood of rain during the time we would be at the stadium.

School will run as normal today – starting at 8.45am and finishing at 3.35pm

It is Friday Week B so please arrive at school by 8.45am with the correct books and equipment.

Kind regards,

Mrs McGowan

Our School will close at 12.30pm on the following dates:

Wednesday 8th March 2023 – Year 9
Thursday 23rd March 2023 – Year 7

Dear Plashet students, parents and carers,

Tomorrow, Wednesday 14th December, is a normal school day.

Students should arrive at school for 8.45am and will leave at the normal time of 3.35pm.

Given pavements in the local area remain icy students are permitted to wear footwear with good grip such as trainers, wellingtons or boots.

With warm regards,

Mrs Rachel McGowan
Head Teacher
Plashet School

Today, Mrs McGowan was accompanied by three of our Student Leadership Team to sign the Book of Condolence at East Ham Library.

Zhara, our Head Girl, and Isha and Tara, both Deputy Head Girls signed on behalf of all the students at Plashet School.

It is our sincere hope that you are able to find a moment of quiet reflection on the upcoming Bank Holiday on Monday 19th September.

Dear students, parents and carers,

The news this evening that Queen Elizabeth II has passed away is extremely sad and I am sure that your thoughts and prayers like mine are with her family at this difficult time.

However, Plashet is open tomorrow.

All students are expected to be in school for registration as normal.

When Buckingham Palace announces details of her majesty’s state funeral we will know more about whether schools will close as a mark of respect. This decision will be taken at a national level. I will update you all once I know more.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs McGowan

We will be closing at 12.30 pm on Tuesday 19th July 2022 and opening again on Monday 5th September 2022.

All students are aware that they can wear non-uniform on Tuesday 19th July and that £1 contributions to our charity drive for Great Ormond Street Hospital, Rewilding Britain and Supporting Humanity can be made between Monday 11th July and Monday 18th July via our online payment portal, ParentMail.

We wish all our students and their families a restful break and look forward to seeing Years 7 to 11 on site again on Monday 5th September.

Current Year 11 will be on site for GCSE Results Day on Thursday 25th August.


On Thursday 7th July we are hosting our new intake of Year 7 students on site.

Students should arrive for a 8.50am start on the North side of our school site.

Students will need to bring snacks for Break, their pencil case and a bottle of water/drink. They will not be participating in any PE, so do not require any sports kit.

Students will leave from the North playground gate on Plashet Grove at 3pm and we ask that parents wait on the opposite pavement to ease congestion and allow flow of movement along the pavement. We would also remind parents that driving should be avoided, as Plashet Grove is both a busy road and on several bus routes, so there is no parking available

Further information can be found in our Admissions section of our website.

Plashet School