Sixth Form College
Moving into Post-16 education is an exciting but sometimes challenging step, however, it is one that can bring so many positives to the holistic life experiences of the young adults who do so.
Plume College is a very popular Post-16 destination and despite the ongoing uncertain times that affected schools across the country as a direct result of the national lockdown, we achieved excellent results once again this summer. We also saw the usual exceptionally pleasing numbers progress onto university, into apprenticeships and into the world of work. Therefore, we expect even more students than ever to apply to join us for the 2020/21 academic year.
As an integral part of our 11-18 educational pathway, Plume College is highly successful, continually improving and it is one of the largest school based sixth forms in Essex. It offers an extremely wide and varied range of courses and excellent opportunities for students to further their studies in a very well-supported, safe and aspirational environment.
Purpose built facilities serve the College with students having their own coffee shop, a number of common rooms and a large study areas equipped with modern computers and internet access. The students also benefit from their own large and well-resourced library.
An experienced team of tutors and a fully committed specialist team of College staff are there to provide information, advice, guidance and support to the students to help them with their diverse range of studies whilst also preparing them for Higher Education, employment, further training or to secure a high quality apprenticeship. Our detailed induction programme also helps all students settle quickly into both the academic and social life of the College.
Those who join the College enjoy greater freedom as well as the responsibility of working as a Post-16 student whilst being supported by staff who have known them during their many years at the academy. In recent years we have also welcomed many students from other schools and these students have also settled in quickly whilst enjoying noticeable success at the same time.
I sincerely hope you will take the opportunities provided to you to explore the range of courses that we have on offer and genuinely look forward to welcoming you to Plume College in September 2020.
Mr C A Wakefield
Sixth Form College Introduction
Plume College provides post-16 education to the vast majority of students who attend the Plume from Years 7-11, and an increasing proportion of students each year join us from other local secondary schools.
The College has seen steadily growing numbers in recent years, and this brings great advantages in terms of the range of curriculum opportunities that we can offer – currently over 37 different courses, and each year this develops and expands further.
While Plume College is based on the Fambridge Road site, College students have the benefit of separate College areas for 6th Form students only, such as the Common Room with its own food outlet, the College Library, the College ICT room and Level One, which is a combined leisure and study area. Most College lessons take place in the main academy building, but many subjects have dedicated 6th Form teaching areas. The College day runs from 8.25am – 4.10pm, as many subjects now provide Period 6 lessons in order for our curriculum offer to be as flexible as possible.
The College has a dedicated leadership and support staff team, to provide the support and challenge needed for College students to be successful. Students are assigned a Tutor Group on entry to the College. Students meet as a group with their Tutor on a weekly basis and follow the comprehensive College tutorial programme. Tutors will use one-to-one mentoring to track and support College students' academic progress and welfare.
There are many opportunities for College students to become involved in student leadership – for example as Head Boy and Girl; as part of the College Student Leadership Team; as Learning Mentors for younger students and in leading and managing charity events, enrichment and social events. There are also a wide variety of sporting opportunities, not least the Football College team.
The College has the advantage of providing the familiarity and stability of the academy environment, alongside the greater flexibility and responsibility of being a 6th Form student, and provides an excellent gateway onto university, further education, employment and apprenticeships.
Ofsted January 2018
‘The sixth form is good and well led. Students attend well, are taught well and make good progress.'