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

At the heart of our vision is a strong work ethic where every student is entitled to enjoy the best education and to celebrate their own achievements and those of others.

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.

Fantastic Open Morning Tours Survey Results 

We conducted a record beating 285 tours this year for the families of Year 5 and 6 students! This was done very carefully with one family at a time visiting us.

 

Thank-you to all 239 of those visiting families who were able to complete a survey for us after their tours.

 

Here is the feedback to our questions...

100% of our visitors felt the academy was good or better

60% of the visitors rated their experience as outstanding!

Answers of Good-Outstanding 

99% of our visitors felt the academy was good or better in this area.

58% felt that the behaviour, appearance and engagement was outstanding!

99.5% of our visitors felt the academy was good or better in this area.

74% felt the environment was outstanding

100% of our visitors felt the academy was good or better in this area.

64% felt that the provision and care was outstanding.

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158 people

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Plume Academy Student Leads

National Anti-Bullying Week 2020

16 - 20 November 2020

Throughout the whole of last week at Plume, Maldon’s Community Academy, staff and students have been taking part in a variety of activities to demonstrate that we as an academy are ‘United Against Bullying’ for national Anti-Bullying Week.  To highlight this important topic and national agenda the week started with a whole academy assembly delivered remotely to every classroom by Mrs Alison Ollett, our LGBT+ Stonewall Champion. This assembly acted as a reminder to students as to what bullying actually is and in what forms it can occur, and outlined the activities on offer over the course of the week. The Anti-Bullying Alliance who spearhead this anti-bullying movement also supplied us with excellent resources which were adapted to meet the needs our students.

 

‘Change starts with us’ activities were then explored during tutorial times each morning with all year groups. These helped our students to understand that verbal, physical, online or in-person bullying can all have a significant detrimental impact on a young person’s life and that by challenging our collective power as well as through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce or even stop bullying together. Small, simple changes can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone.

 

Each of our three library areas created displays of topical books available to our students to borrow and they also lunched an anti-bullying competition at our Mill Road Campus for our 617 Years’ 7 and 8 students in an effort to further entice them to become even more involved.

 

Student led groups of volunteers sold Anti-Bullying merchandise, including ‘Bullying – I won’t stand by!’ wrist bands and LGBT+ rainbow ribbons and laces. These have been received well by our students who have taken on the ‘United against bullying’ statement and collectively show their support through wearing these items. The money raised through the selling of these items will also be donated to anti-bullying charities.

 

On Friday 20 November, we also held an ‘Odd Socks Day’, which was designed to be fun and an opportunity for students and staff to express themselves and appreciate individuality and uniqueness – we had dozens of wonderful examples!

 

Our academy’s teaching and support staff also had the opportunity to update their understanding of bullying through staff briefings and additional information shared throughout the week.

 

We are pleased that bullying incidents remain low at the academy remain, however, the information shared with staff enables them to be vigilant of any possible bullying incidents.  During the week we were also able to reiterate to our students that the academy is a safe environment where they can talk about their feelings and problems and will receive support where it is deemed necessary, or whenever it is asked for.

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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