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Plume, Maldon's Community Academy is committed to providing a stimulating, supportive and mutually respectful environment.

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Plume, Maldon's Community Academy aims to empower our students to reach their academic and personal potential, becoming articulate, confident, independent and resilient individuals.  They are encouraged to develop the resourcefulness to embrace the challenges of the future, to lead fulfilling lives and to flourish in society.

Year 12 Live Parent Information Evening

22nd September from 6:30pm Onwards 

A Fantastic Start to the New Academic Year!

It has been an absolutely fantastic start back to Plume Academy for our 1800+ students and 300 staff.

 

As expected, uniforms are being worn with pride and as we take them through our clear standards, expectations and routines so as to ensure we all remain as safe as possible, the support and positive approach from our students has been phenomenal – I am so pleased as well as so genuinely proud, however, not I’m surprised one little bit though!

 

It has been such a tonic to see them all return as the academy, despite never being closed, has simply not been the same without them all being in together. That’s why many of us have been so very much looking forward to this day and why we were awake from about 4am this morning!

 

It has been especially great to see our 315 new Year 7 students and who we officially welcomed into the Plume Family today. The vast majority skipped in looking immaculate and even the odd few who were extremely nervous were very brave and came in. They had some wonderful support from their parents and carers too and as I said to many of them at the main student entrance, they themselves have been brilliant throughout the induction process and their children are most fortunate to have them providing such care, support and love.

 

The bottom line is that this term was never going to be easy and for many reasons. However, and again, we’ve made as good a start as we possibly could have and this is because our students, our staff and our families have all pulled together and done quite simply what we do best – take care and look after each other! I only expect this to continue moving forward too!

 

Mr Wakefield

Executive Principal

Plume, Maldon's Community Academy - Transition School

for New Year 11 GCSE Students

As a direct result of the rapid escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the closure of schools to the vast majority of students across the country in March 2020, many Year 10 GCSE students faced the prospect of heading into Year 11 having missed a great deal of actual face to face teaching. As the impact of the pandemic grew and lockdown period continued, it was clear that the vast majority of our students were not going to be returning until September 2020. This led to Plume, Maldon's Community Academy, taking extraordinary and bespoke steps to ensure they offered as much support to all of our students but particularly to Year 10 in their first GCSE year and as they progressed towards Year 11.

 

In the first instance, at the start of June 2020, all students in years 7-12 were set up with a virtual learning experience that saw them receive live, daily remote teaching and assemblies. This continued throughout the summer term, however, the Principal, Mr Wakefield and the Fambridge Road Campus Lead, Mr Stoneman, felt that the students of Year 10 would benefit and thrive from the opportunity to attend a ‘Summer Transition School’ (STS) to further support their ongoing education as they progressed towards Year 11 and to ensure that 'gaps' in their learning caused by the pandemic were identified as well as proactively challenged. 

 

Therefore, by the first week of July, when the STS plan had been devised and shared with all stakeholders, dozens of committed staff immediately signed up to support its full delivery as well as almost 200 students, two thirds of the year group, who were willing to give up a part of their summer holidays so as to ensure they were ready for the most challenging year of their education thus far.

 

An exceptionally pleased Mr Stoneman then got to work alongside Mr Beckett, the academy’s Director of ICT Systems, in ensuring that every student who signed up to the Transition School received 20 hours of high-level, bespoke and varied curriculum teaching that covered the very broad spectrum of subjects the academy offers at GCSE.

 

The ensuing timetables enabled students to have a strong focus on Maths, English and Science whilst also ensuring that opportunities were provided in their varied option subjects of Spanish, French, PE, RE, Resistant Materials, Engineering, Drama, Art, History, Graphics, Food Technology, Music and Creative Media. 

 

With timetables now in place, week commencing 24 August 2020, we are now in the second week of a fortnight’s Year 10 Transition School with over 100 students already successfully through the first week; the second cohort of nearly 100 students has just started. The student's application, approach and maturity has been outstanding and their thirst for learning has been exceptional. Mr Stoneman, the Summer Transition School lead, said:

 

“A huge amount of time and effort has gone into setting up the ‘Summer Transition School’ for Year 10 students, however, the commitment, communication and positive engagement of all the academy's stakeholders has made the process incredibly fulfilling and hugely positive. Parents and carers have also been extremely appreciative and have fully supported the academy throughout the lockdown. Therefore, when the proposition of the Summer Transition School was shared with them, they once again showed their collective community spirit in supporting the academy to host the opportunity. The sign up was astonishing considering it is our families and students summer holidays, as well as our staff members time to rest and recuperate after such an indifferent and unprecedented period of time.. 

 

The Summer Transition School has been a real success thus far and the opportunity for staff and students to be back in a classroom setting, experiencing face to face teaching, will without doubt prove hugely beneficial for the students who signed up to attend upon their return to the academy in just over a week's time. The full raft of safety measures have, as expected, all been in place and fully adhered to impeccably by the students and staff and this in turn helped to create a positive and vibrant learning experience for all.

 

I genuinely hope these students get the opportunity to sit their examinations next summer as they will no doubt surpass all expectations and come away with a superb set of results as a direct result of their diligent and exceptional approach to their academic studies as well as academy life in general.”

 

Transition School has provided a significant number of our Year 10 students with an exceptional, unique opportunity and will no doubt have made a hugely positive impact upon the students mental health and wellbeing as well as their academic performance come September when they return for Year 11.

 

Mr Stoneman

GCSE Press Release - Thursday 20 August 2020

A Year to be Exceptionally Proud of!

Due to the unprecedented circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past six months, the formal examinations due to be sat by Years 11, 12 and 13 students were cancelled without notice. As a direct result, the tremendous prior efforts and significant amount of hard work already undertaken left students, their families and the staff of Plume Academy, as well as secondary schools throughout Mid-Essex, feeling absolutely devastated. 

Nevertheless, after being instructed to do so by the examinations regulator, the academy adopted a meticulous approach over a 10 week period to produce our own Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) for nearly 500 students and for over 3000 individual subject entries.

Sitting examinations in the age-old established manner would have been stressful enough for these young people, however, losing the chance to prove what they could achieve left many extremely upset. Nevertheless, and despite these significant and somewhat unique challenges, the Plume Family congratulate all of our own as well as students from across the district and county for what they have still achieved and wish them every success as they progress onto the next stage of their education, employment or training.

Despite the massive challenges they had to face, we are absolutely delighted to announce as well as celebrate the fact that the class of 2015-20 secured a year of fantastic GCSE examination results. The year group were awarded an incredible 208 9-8 grades (formerly A*-A) with an equally impressive 11 students securing 10+ grade 9-8 grades (formerly A*/A grades) with two of our students securing an astonishing 8 top grade 9s!

 

However, there is a great deal more positive news to share with:

  • 67% of all grades awarded being 9-4 grades

  • 100% pass rate in a joint-record 18 subjects

  • A record 9 subjects saw 75%+ of their students secure a grade 4+

  • 89% 9-4 (A*-C) grades in Media Studies

  • 82% 9-4 (A*-C) grades in Design and Technology

  • 81% 9-4 (A*-C) grades in both French and Spanish

  • 8 Grade 9 and 12 Grade 8 grades in Mathematics

  • 8 Grade 9 and 10 Grade 8 grades in Biology

  • ¾ of all grades in English Language and Literature were 9-4

  •  2/3 of all grades in Mathematics were 9-4

 

To reiterate, a significant number of Plume Academy’s Year 11 students secured outstanding results including:

  •  Jamie Steven with 8 grade 9s and 3 grade 8s

  • Lucas Chaplin with 8 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and 1 grade 7

  • Martha Carlin with 6 grade 9s and 5 grade 8s

  • Daisy Jewell with 7 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and 1 grade 7

  • Isla Watterston with 7 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and 1 grade 7

  • Lily Peace with 6 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and 3 grade 7s

 

Beth Meltzer, the Head of Year for the class of 2015-20 said:

“I’m feeling really, really proud on what feels like an extremely positive day. What we need to take into account is not just the grades that the year group have achieved and very much earned, but how they’ve handled themselves over the past six months too. There’s been a lot of uncertainty, a lot of changes going on with GCSE grading and they’ve just remained really patient and again, I’m genuinely so proud of them.”

 

“The results are outstanding but again, it’s just a true reflection of just how hard the students have worked since I first started working with them and became their Head of Year and from the start, it was really clear they were extremely motivated and again, I think these results have very much reflected that.”

 

“You can never really prepare for a role as a Head of Year and it must be so different because every year group has its own personalities, its own character and I feel I’ve just been really fortunate to work with some brilliant young people”.

 

Carl Wakefield, Principal of Plume Academy, said:

“I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of Year 11 and our team of staff for achieving these fantastic results. These outcomes are even more encouraging given the ongoing unprecedented national context.”

 

“It is always difficult to refer to specific results and individual students, however, the fact that so many of our students secured top 8-9 grades and 18 subjects secured a 100% pass rate was particularly pleasing. Nevertheless, this is without taking anything away from all the other significant successes achieved by this terrific group of students.”

 

“Results like these simply do not happen without a massive amount of commitment, dedication and sheer hard work from them and of course our excellent and highly skilled team of staff working in collaboration over a significant period of time. Therefore, students and staff alike should feel exceptionally proud of these superb outcomes. The same should also be felt by our tremendously supportive and loyal parents and carers who themselves have worked in partnership with the academy over the past five years, thus ensuring every single one of their children, our students, can now progress on to the next stage of their education, employment or training; it was great to see so many of them come in with their children this morning as well.”

 

“Whilst record numbers will now be staying on with us in September, I will conclude by wishing those students and their respective families who will be moving on all the very best for what I hope will be an enjoyable, happy and ultimately, successful future. I will miss you greatly and you will remain very special to me due to the fact that we all started at the academy on the same day. Please also remember that you will always be part of a very special family – The Plume Family!”

Plume Academy A Level Press Release 2020

A Year to be Particularly Proud of!

Due to the unprecedented circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past six months, the formal examinations due to be sat by Years 11, 12 and 13 students were cancelled without notice. As a direct result, the tremendous prior efforts and significant amount of hard work already undertaken left students, their families and staff at Plume Academy as well as secondary schools throughout the Mid-Essex feeling absolutely devastated. 

 

Whilst the academy, every Mid-Essex secondary school and schools the length and breadth of the country adopted a meticulous approach over a 10 week period to produce their own Centre Assessed Grades, ultimately, the examination boards applied their own calculations to generate final student grades in each of their subjects.  Therefore, none of the usual benchmark data or any usual comparisons between schools has any validity whatsoever this year.

 

Sitting examinations in the age-old established manner would have been stressful enough for these young people, however, losing the chance to prove what they could achieve left many extremely upset. Nevertheless, and despite these significant and somewhat unique challenges, the Plume Family congratulate all of our own as well as students from across the district and county for what they have still achieved and wish them every success as they progress onto the next stage of their education, employment or training.

 

Top performing students at the Plume Academy were:

 

  • Molly Lacey who secured an A* in Psychology, an A* in the Extended Project Qualification, an A in English Language and a B in Chemistry

  • George Hendry who secured an A* in Maths, an A in Chemistry, an A in Physics, an A in History and an A grade at AS in Further Maths

  • Isabel Emmett who secured an A in Chemistry, an A in Maths, a B in Biology and an A grade at AS in Further Maths

  • Beth Evans who secured an A in Biology, an A in Psychology, a B in Chemistry and a C in English Language

 

We were also particularly delighted with the outcomes in the following subject areas with well over 50% of grades at A*-B in: Art and Design: Fine Art, Art and Design: Photography, Chemistry, Philosophy, Physical Education, Spanish and BTEC Sport and Dance.

 

25% plus of the grades in seven other subject areas were also graded at A*-A with a number of other subjects securing both pleasing and somewhat impressive grades.

 

The vast majority of our Year 13 students also secured the grades to progress onto their first choice university, into apprenticeships as well as into provisionally offered employment.

 

Carl Wakefield, Principal of Plume Academy said, “First of all, it was absolutely fantastic to see so many of our College students after not doing so since March and as expected, they conducted themselves in their usual dignified, mature, sensible and articulate manner. This was especially impressive in light of the unprecedented period that saw their right to actually finish their respective courses and sit their examinations withdrawn, plus the recent events in Scotland and the 11th hour ‘triple lock’ debacle.”

 

“Whilst the vast majority have automatically secured what they need to progress onto the next stage of their education, employment or training, there were a number whose grades we will be looking at appealing once the Government fully clarify as to how we can pursue this whilst potentially incorporating their mock examination outcomes. We will be doing this as it is imperative that all of our students fully secure what they worked so hard to achieve as well as what they deserve. It is also what the Secretary of State for Education and the Prime Minister himself have promised since the day the examinations were cancelled without notice and the bottom line is that they need to fulfil these promises”.

 

“I will conclude by saying how immensely proud I am of not only this fantastic cohort of students, but also our tremendous team of staff who have also worked so hard and in collaboration with them throughout their post 16 journey. They too are a credit to themselves as are our students’ families who throughout both the course as well as the lockdown period have been nothing but positive and supportive and for this, I thank them sincerely”.

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