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At Plume, Maldon's Community Academy, we believe in maximising school attendance for all students and supporting the stakeholders that enable our students to maximise their attendance. Through a proactive, supportive and 'Discipline with Dignity' approach we will always do our utmost to support students in attending the academy.


Attendance at Plume is of paramount importance to the success of our student's mental well-being, social interaction, and academic progress. By aiming to maximise school attendance for each of our students across Years 7-13 through the support of our attendance, pastoral and safeguarding teams we believe that we can provide bespoke provisions that enable all stakeholders to access a suitable provision where possible in a mainstream provision. As an academy, our target attendance figure is 95% and through our Maximising School Attendance Team we will continue to strive to maximise attendance to 95%+.

Maximising School Attendance Team at Plume, Maldon's Community Academy

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To oversee attendance at Plume Academy line managing all areas of attendance and ensuring the academy remain compliant with the Department for Education's policies and guidance.

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Mr Stoneman

(Vice Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead) Senior Leader for Attendance

Mrs Demes

College Attendance officer

To be the lead attendance figure for our Key Stage 5 students supporting with communications to all stakeholders and monitoring, supporting and maximising students attendance across Plume College.


To lead on attendance for all students at Fambridge Road Campus supporting with communications to all stakeholders and monitoring, supporting and maximising students attendance across Years 9-11.

Mrs Yorston

Fambridge Road Campus Attendance Officer


To lead on attendance for all students at Mill Road Campus supporting with communications to all stakeholders and monitoring, supporting and maximising students attendance across Years 7 and 8.

Mrs Frampton-Singh

Mill Road Campus Attendance Officer


To support students who may be struggling to attend the academy on a daily basis. And with medical evidence will be supported by the local authority and academy via an Education Access Referral.

Mrs Sarling

Maximising School Attendance Programme Co-ordinator


To complete regular home visits to parents and carers addresses where the attendance policy has not been adhered to, to ensure that the stakeholders are supported in a bespoke manner and to encourage, and ensure that students continue to improve their attendance figure on a daily basis.

Mrs Harrington

Maximising School Attendance Visitor


Academy Protocols for reporting Absence

  • Website links
    Maldon Community Coronavirus Response - 01621 851997 The helpline remains open between 10am-2pm Mon-Fri for anyone to contact for help with food supplies, medicines or accessing services. The response team is able to provide food parcels for people who cannot get out to shop whether this be due to shielding or as a result of a positive test or a requirement to self-isolate. Up to 2 weeks’ food can be provided as required. Essential Living Fund Please find attached a flyer about emergency support available from the Essential Living Fund (ELF) to people hit by the pandemic. The ELF is receiving extra funding from the Covid Winter Grant Scheme to help people living in Essex with energy and water bills, food and other essential household items. Essential Livining Fund - Leaflet Mental Health support for adults Mental Health Support for Children and Young People Mental Health Support Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service The Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) provides advice and support to children, young people and families who are in need of support with their emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties. Anna Freud Gives advice and guidance for Parents and carers to help them support a child or young person experiencing mental ill health or wellbeing. Apps Kooth - online mental wellbeing community Shout MeeTwo - Helps you talk about difficult things Chat health - talk to school nurse Young people can contact Chat Health on 07520 615732. Eating Disorders Beat Peer Support Leaflet Bullying LGBT Family Wellbeing and Support for families Support for single parents Other useful websites Online safety Breck Foundation Charity - Online safety advice for parents The Two Johns Internet safety advice Whatever you're going through, we encourage you to make positive choices. Children Society do work around healthy relationships, they can help increase your confidence, develop life skills and build your emotional resilience. If you would like to know more about them or you are concerned about a child or young adult in Essex, you can email or call them on 01245 493311. Domestic abuse Next Chapter - Domestic Violence Support In addition to supporting parents and children under 14 year of age, The Next Chapter now have a team of Young Persons Violence Advisors (YPVA) dedicated to Young People aged 14 -19, who are a victim domestic abuse or are living within a family affected by domestic abuse. Referrals can be made by agencies working with the young person or the young person can self-refer. The Next Chapter - Leaflet Compass is the single point of access helpline to support victims of domestic abuse across Essex. Train and Track safety Educating children how to be safe on the railways.
  • Activities
    eSafety Training 'The 2 Johns' Chelmsford Wellbeing Group Youth Service - Holiday Acativites and Food Community Storage Flyer Plume Academy Safeguarding Team is pleased to advise that the Children Society are offering online sessions and activities. These range from self-care, online safety, building relationships, and drug and alcohol awareness to quizzes, dance parties and fun activities to do at home. Details of how to book these sessions can be found by clicking the link below. These sessions do change so contact the Children Society to find out the latest available sessions. All the links include activities that can benefit our children and Young People. First Aid for Children Child Safety Childnet Essex Activities half term Essex Youth A number of fun and exciting online activities for young people aged 13-19 years Grow your own gardening course in Maldon District Self Care Activities Self care is about the things we can do to look after our own mental health. Strategies are being shared to help young people with their own mental well being Childline Support for parents and young people and online tools and activities Interactive Free Courses for Parents and Carers. These courses cover anxiety, building resilience mindfulness and emotional wellbeing to list a few.
  • Parents and Carers
    Prevent Guide to protecting children from online hate, extremism and fake news
  • Recent Communication
    E-Safety and Online Support letter
  • Safeguarding documents
    E-safety Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 Anti-Bullying Policy 2021 Child Protection 2021 Behaviour Policy Relationships and Sexual Health Relationships Young People Rights On Social Media Mental health/Emotional well-being Sexual exploitation/Drugs/Gangs and County Lines Child protection policy COVID-19 addendum E-safety Letter Online Safety Resources Online Safety Advice Online Safety Tips Parents and carers to keep children safe online Harmful Sexual Behaviour / Peer on Peer Abuse Policy

To ensure the correct process is followed please can we ask that on each day of absence by 8.45am:

  • A call to 01621 854681

  • Choose Option 1 - 'student absence'

  • Then:

    • Option 1 for Years 7 and 8

    • Option 2 for Years 9 - 11

Alternatively, please email the dedicated Attendance email address which is monitored by both campus Attendance Offices. This can also be used to share medical appointment cards or letters and medical evidence, such as prescriptions and medication packaging. 


If you feel you need additional pastoral support or there is a particular barrier to any students attendance of their usual academy provision then please also contact their respective Assistant Head of Year or Head of Year to ensure that we look to continue to maximise all students attendance. 

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Mrs Wilks

Assistant Attendance Officer

To support with the processing of absence messages and completion of registers on a daily basis across both campuses.

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