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Plume‘s Reigning District Champion’s

Plume’s Year 11 boys successfully defended their District Rugby title against the Anglo- European School.

On a day that saw the recent warm, sunny weather come to an end, Plume Academy’s Year 11 boys Rugby team braved the torrential rain to successfully defend their district rugby title. After remaining unbeaten in the district for the past two years, the team played a strong and physical Anglo-European side for the second consecutive year in the final. Both teams were extremely eager to end their school rugby campaigns on a high.

The previous year’s fixture was a closely fought 12-7 victory and Plume wanted to be quick out of the blocks to dampen the opposition’s hopes of avenging the previous year’s defeat. Following the game plan, Plume used their immensely strong forward pack led by captain Charlie Frost to put pressure on the Anglo defence. The sheer power of the pack being organised by scrum half Jack Thompson allowed Plume to go into the break 22-5 up. Plume were happy with their first half efforts but were disappointed not to be further ahead due to two disallowed tries.

First half tries: Connor Hill, Jasper Davy, William Mahoney and Matthew Telford. Conversions: Daniel Allen.

Anglo-European have reached three consecutive finals so continued to pose a real threat and after regrouping at half time, both teams came out extremely motivated, putting in some big tackles and playing some relentless rugby. Anglo did not want to let go without a fight breaking the gain line time after time. This gritty attitude saw them improving on their first half score and posing more of a threat to the current champions. However, it was Plume’s structure and ability to keep to the game plan that meant they crossed the whitewash on a further three occasions.

Plume Academy Year 11 rugby team have proved that hard work and dedication can pay off as they had mixed success before dominating the year group in Years 10 and 11. The final score was 39-17 to Plume Academy and although facing intimidating opponents, the boys played with organisation, passion and rose to the physical challenge. We are of course absolutely delighted that the boys have defended their title and will always remain Year 11 district champions.

A special thanks must be given for the massive support that was shown for the team from students, staff and parents alike and this only reflects the passion and support continually shown from and by the Plume family.

Second half tries: Daniel Allen, George Collins and William Amner.

Conversions: Daniel Allen

Year 7 Achievements

Congratulations to Joseph Murrell, Lui Nurzuir, Lewis Sackman, Freddie Tilbrook, Cayden Keeble, Josh Wheeler, Sam Saunders, Will Kennedy, Billy Charlton, Cameron Payne and Josh Servis who received a trophy for being the runners-up, Under 12's Football League Cup within the Blackwater & Dengie Youth Football League.

Also, very well done to Brodie Clampin 7PLE, Megan McGoldrick 7KBO, Danielle Marshall 7NMA and Ellen Furby 7SBR who have passed their Level 2 in Hip Hop with the 'United Teachers of Dance'.

It was an amazing effort from Lily Stroud 7SHR who has raised £306 for The Royal Brompton Hospital by having a garage sale.  Also to Jessica Cook 7DSO who helped Lily run this event.

We are of course immensely proud of these Year 7 students.


Mrs Rattenbury                                Mrs Southgate

Head of Year                                    Assistant Head of Year


Pride Of Maldon Awards

On Friday 13 April 2018, Plume Academy students and staff celebrated an evening of recognition and success at the inaugural Pride of Maldon Awards Evening. This event celebrated many successes across the whole district and was set up and hosted by our Mayor, Councillor Jeanette Stilts, former Mayor, Councillor Mark Heard, as well as other members of the Town Council.

It was a lovely evening with many fantastic organisations in attendance and being acknowledged accordingly, and we as an institution were honoured to be part of such a prestigious and celebratory event. However, I was especially proud of those who received awards or certificates as a result of the amazing work they have and/or continue to do.

Mr C A Wakefield


Year 7 Student Achievement

Congratulations to Lily Simpson 7ICO and Sam Glover 7PLE for gaining the most achievement points in Year 7 for this term.  A fantastic result, well done for all your hard work.

Well done to the students who gained the highest amount of achievement points in year 7 for this term.  Congratulations and keep up the good work.


Mrs Rattenbury

Head of Year 7

Music for Youth Festival 2018


On Wednesday 14 March the Samba Band and Steel Drumming Group travelled with Mrs Adams and Miss Waylen to Ealing Christian Centre in London to compete in the Regional Festival of the Music for Youth Festival 2018. The day began very early at 7am, and on arriving in London at 9:30am, we had to get all of our very heavy equipment into the venue within half an hour! Students behaved impeccably, showing maturity during this time and helping staff as much as they possibly could. We then watched the performances of schools from all across London, from Primary School Choirs and Orchestras to Sixth Form Saxophone Quartets! Finally it was the Samba Band & Steel Drumming Group’s turn to perform (last!) and they performed brilliantly! They received positive and constructive feedback about the colourful and rhythmic performances and as teachers we are very proud of these two groups and their hard work.

Congratulations to all involved!

Miss Waylen & Mrs Adams




Please nominate students for the current round of this prestigious award which recognises young people for what they do well!  We want to acknowledge and celebrate young people for showing excellence in what they do and we are eagerly waiting for your nominations!


Nominations can come from students, teachers, parents, support staff and governors, so please do not hesitate!


The students you nominate do not have to be the smartest, fastest or the best at everything - the award is designed to recognise outstanding individual achievements.


Achievements can include:


  • Giving 100% in all they do
  • Showing great pride in their school and work
  • Helping others over and above expectations
  • Being a good role model
  • Overcoming a personal challenge
  • Volunteering/Fundraising


This is not an exhaustive list and any student who has contributed to the Academy or local community in a significant way may be nominated.


The scheme has had very positive outcomes for our students so far.  Each winner receives a certificate, a lapel badge and £250 to spend for the benefit of Plume Academy ,Club, or Community. They are also invited with their families to a very special celebratory evening at Chelmsford Civic Theatre where they will also receive a medallion, a certificate and their award.( See website gallery for recent celebration.

Nomination forms can be obtained from or downloaded from our website   and returned by email to  or sent to the Community Office at Fambridge Road Campus.


Nominations should be with us by April 19th or sooner please.





OFSTED Headlines

Re: Section 5 Full Ofsted Report

Further to my correspondence before the half-term holiday, after further chasing the report’s formal publication over the break, I finally received it yesterday afternoon. However, as you will see upon reading the report, it is a very pleasing document highlighting the fact that at a time when the bar to achieve Ofsted ‘Good or better’ has never been higher, Plume Academy achieved this in every single category.

I also feel it very important to note the fact that we went through the most rigorous of two day inspections involving a team of five vastly experienced inspectors, two of whom were Her Majesty’s Inspectors, a very senior position in Ofsted. They spent nearly 20 hours in the academy over the two days visiting all corners of both campuses including 76 lessons, many unaccompanied, as well as being out in the mornings, at break, lunch and during lesson changeovers. The team also conducted multiple meetings with my senior staff and I, as well as with members of the Board of Trustees, middle leaders, students representing all year groups and colleagues from the local authority.

The first page of the report captures 16 positive reasons as to why the academy is deemed as being Good across all the Ofsted categories as opposed to highlighting just three areas in need of attention and focus. However, and as I know you would fully expect of my team and I, these did not come as a surprise to us although there continues to be good progress made in relation to these areas anyway.

I am immensely proud of the outcomes the staff and students of Plume Academy secured after Ofsted’s recent two day visit. However, I would also like to sincerely thank you as our parents and carers as this report is something you should feel proud of too. Directly related to this was the fact that over 250 of you took the time to either complete the Parent View survey or email the inspection team during the visit the numbers of which greatly impressed the lead inspector and his team as did the actual survey findings. I was not aware of these until it was brought up in my final feedback meeting with the inspection team when they gave me the final judgements and articulated what our parents and carers had said about our academy. Virtually all of the questions on the survey scored well over 90% including the all-important question of ‘would you recommend this school to other parents’ which scored 95%.

However, whilst we are indeed extremely pleased with this final report, I can wholeheartedly assure you we will not rest on our laurels and will only strive to continue to further improve over time and primarily to ensure our students receive the best possible educational experience.

Plume Academy OFSTED Report 2018

Yours sincerely,

Mr C A Wakefield



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