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We are very proud to be able to share a short video to show new parents and students wishing to join us next September what we have to offer. You will see how we operate and the important key values that Plume Academy stakeholders follow daily.

Club of the year 2023 - Please vote for Blackwater Sailing Club

Blackwater Sailing Club, a Maldon based sailing and watersports centre is proud and honoured to have been chosen as the RYA East region finalist for the prestigious UK wide Royal Yachting Association and Sailing Today with Yachts and Yachting Magazine club of the year 2023 award. Their selection is testament to the commitment and dedication of the many volunteers who help make Blackwater Sailing Club such a successful, friendly place where all are welcomed to enjoy sailing and watersports.

There are over 1000 sailing clubs in the UK, 136 in the East region and 12 finalists, but only one can be crowned Club of the Year 2023! The finalists now go through to the public vote with the winner announced at the RYA Dinghy & watersports show on Saturday 25 February 2023.

The club is at the heart of the community with over 1000 members including over 200 young people from surrounding schools and colleges. Members can enjoy learning to sail, social sailing, cruising, dinghy and cruiser racing and other watersports like standup paddleboarding and kayaking on the beautiful Blackwater Estuary or the 7 acre freshwater training lake. Sailing provides many health benefits, in particular for mental health with friendship and companionship at a welcoming club out in the fresh sea air away from the screens which dominate daily lives.

Please follow the link and vote now!  Voting closes 22 January 2023.

This has been a brilliant year for the club, but we need to get more votes than all the worthy finalists to win this fantastic award which would be an amazing accolade to recognise our achievements.

For more information about Blackwater Sailing Club please visit our:




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The Power To Change Is Right Under Your Nose


Our fantastic Plume Academy staff have shown some serious dedication to raising awareness of men’s health over the course of November.  Well done and thank you to all that participated! We’ve raised £250 so far. 

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. 

A HUGE congratulations to Ms Booth and Ms Moss, who together raised £200 in their Move-ember. They ran 60km throughout the month in recognition of the 60 men we lose each hour, every hour across the world. Well done ladies!

Elliot Rose on set with Hollywood legends in The Northman


As you may have seen in the cinemas and more recently, on Sky, one of the big recent movie releases is a film called ‘The Northman’. It has a whole host of Hollywood stars in it however, one of the film’s biggest stars is our very own Elliott Rose from Year 9!


Mr Wakefield commented, "If you speak to Elliott about the film , he is so humble and measured about it, it’s quite astonishing really. Nevertheless, it only provides yet further evidence of what an absolutely tremendous young man he is".


Elliott has also recently finished a short film on knife crime and secured the lead role in a short horror film which he's due to start filming during the Christmas break. Furthermore, he’s also just secured another role in a short comedy which he’s waiting to hear a start date for. Very excitingly, Elliott’s also just had a meeting with a well-known director regarding a lead role in a big upcoming feature film. He’s waiting to hear back about the final decision as he’s down to the last three actors. Therefore, fingers crossed for him!


Mr Wakefield also went on to say, "Elliot continues to do the academy, his family and above all, himself proud!"

GBR Powerlifter Ella Smallcombe (76 kg Category) 

Wins Three Bronze Medals

Women European Open, Sub-Junior Classic Powerlifting Championships 2022 

Year 13 Plume College student Ella Smallcombe representing GBR has successfully secured three bronze medals at the European Powerlifting Championships 2022 in Poland today. She said she is ‘over the moon’ with her performances as she has been struggling with a back injury which fortunately did not hinder her fantastic performance in these championships.  Below are the three bronze medal lifts that she made.

  • Squat 127.5 Third place 

  • Deadlift 152.5 Third place 

  • Overall 342.5 Third place 


Year 13 - Snowdonia/Eryri Thank You!

After two years of planning and adapting to the external challenges we faced, it was brilliant to be back outside doing geography fieldwork. The students were a credit to the academy and were grateful for the time and planning everyone put in behind the scenes. 

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Images of Remembrance as Plume Academy Pays Tribute

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Plume Academy pays tribute to those brave men and women past and present with its own acts of tribute on Friday 11 November 2022 and on Remembrance Sunday. 

The laying of wreaths here at both of our campuses and again on Sunday at the cenotaph in Maldon Town. Our students represented proudly the academy in an exemplary fashion on this important day in our national calendar.

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Express Your Interest Voluntary Plume Academy Trustees

Plume Academy’s vision is to deliver outstanding learning outcomes, employ and develop outstanding staff and develop and sustain an outstanding learning community.

We are currently looking to strengthen our Board of Trustees by recruiting new Trustees, who can also provide strategic oversight, challenge and support the smooth and effective running of the academy, and who feel they have the time to provide robust governance and enthusiastic support to the academy, its leadership and its ongoing development.

Trustees come from all backgrounds with differing skill sets and experience and we are particularly looking for new Trustees with professional or business skills in finance, HR, education and communications.

Anyone with the willingness to commit time, energy and expertise to support the academy, students and staff achieve our vision can become a Trustee.  It is a challenging role but is also very rewarding at the same time. 

Training and support will be provided to new Trustees. Further details of the work of the Trustees can be found on the academy’s website (

It is an exciting time to join the Plume Board of Trustees with ambitious plans to expand and develop the academy in the growing Maldon community area.

For more information, please contact the Clerk to the Board of Trustees, Mrs Karen Redmond via:

Plume Academy is a Dementia Friendly Community

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Plume Academy was officially recognised recently by the Alzheimer Society for our work in working to become a dementia friendly community. Sarah Troop Director for Maldon and District Community Voluntary Service proudly presented the certificate to Ms Tween and Ms Baker together with Mark Neville who is the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator and Pan Essex Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) Co-chair for Essex Community Dementia Support Service.


Ms Tween and Ms Baker devised with the support of Maldon District Dementia Action Alliance a brilliant action plan and programme to raise awareness and support amongst students of this all too familiar condition. They have devised projects within the taught curriculum aimed solely to promote action in our united fight against dementia.


Mr Wakefield Executive Principal and Mr Barton who leads on community engagement both commented on the exceptional work that had been undertaken by our students and the staff involved. In particular noting the work that was completed during the height of Covid and the corresponding lock down periods.

Abigail Wilkins Is Taking On The World 


Plume Academy are delighted to share some fantastic news regarding Plume College student Abigail Wilkins aged 17. Abby recently travelled to Wolverhampton to try-out for the England Jazz Dance Team. Following a very successful trail, Abby has been selected for Team England to travel to Florida in April next year to compete at The Dance Worlds 2023. Abby will attend an intensive training camp in Wolverhampton once a month to train and prepare for the competition, while remaining determined to study successfully for her A levels.


Proud Dance teacher, Mrs Markham - Lee said, "this is an amazing achievement, that will be a fantastic opportunity and experience for Abby." 


Abby is confident she can become a World Jazz Dance Champion in 2023 and went on to say,  "I am delighted with this chance to compete at the highest level for my country."


GB Artistic Skate Coaching Team Praise Ben Frost


Plume Academy student Benjamin Frost aged just 15, recently competed in Italy for Great Britain in the Artistic Skate Cup of Europe. He achieved a personal best in his short programme. Unfortunately, he fell twice in his long programme and ended finishing 7th. Charlotte and Will Frost said,  "We are incredibly proud parents and absolutely delighted for Ben, he has worked so hard to get to this point."  The GB coaching team commented, "that the routines and performances were very good from Ben, you would never know it was his first time competing at this level."


Ben gained lots of confidence working with the GB team and he is now looking forward with great anticipation to competing this weekend at the British Autumn Nationals, before going on to France to take part in the Interland Cup.

Plume Academy secures Investors in People Award Again

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Last week Sarah Freeman our Director of Human Resources attended the Investors in People celebratory event in Milton Keynes where she accepted the Silver award on behalf of Plume Academy.  In addition, she was asked to be a guest speaker at the event talking about our journey through the process.

Ms Freeman commented, "I was thrilled to be able to collect this prestigious award on behalf of our academy. It reflects perfectly our values and ethos"


Paul Devoy who presented the award to Ms Freeman explains via the Investors of People website what this award means and goes on to describe the scale of work involved.

"As the world of work evolves, and when the pace of change is so rapid, then employee connection, engagement, wellbeing and organisational culture becomes even more important. Not only because of their impact on staff retention, attraction and development, but also as the critical foundations contributing to organisational stability, security and success".

Plume Academy Officially Recognised by the Alzheimer's Society

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Our academy continues to do a lot of work with students through the taught curriculum for the Alzheimer's Society via the Maldon District Dementia Action Alliance.


The work is led brilliantly by Neamh Tween - Teacher of Flexible Learning and Leanne Baker Teacher of Social Science with the groups of students that they specifically teach.


Shortly we hope to be presented with a certificate from Maldon District Dementia Action Alliance on behalf of the Alzheimer's Society for our really important and ongoing community work. 


We are proud to be recognised with this award from such a fantastic organisation.

Plume Academy Celebrates Black History Month - October 2022

First, I would like to thank our Plume Academy stakeholders for your generous support going forward, for what I hope will be a fascinating and important point in our calendar.


October 1st saw the start of Black History Month.


The Academy will distribute quality assured and approved material to be shared and used with our students. The aim is to provide resources that are accessible, straight forward and comfortable to deliver, view and respond to.


With that in mind over the course of this month, the BLM student group will raise the profile for our students of what Black History Month represents. As well as other associated events throughout the year.


Many thanks to all those wishing to support this important and vital strategy during this month and beyond.

Art Teacher Exhibits Never Before Seen Images at His Latest Exhibition.

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Mr Flower our much loved and well-respected Art teacher would like to take this opportunity to warmly invite you all to view his new Exhibition of Paintings and Mixed Media Art in a one man show at the Whimbrel gallery over the next two weeks in the "exotic" village of Tollesbury. 

Many of the images have never been exhibited before. Mr Flower went on to say," I hope to share with you my aesthetic views of the world and a love of drawing". Times are attached on the poster, and "you are all welcome along with any friends and family to enjoy my art!" 

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Supported by Plume Staff


A coffee morning that Ms Thorn organised to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support last week, saw Plume staff easily exceeded the £250 target set, by an amazing £35. It was a hugely successful event that many staff supported across both campuses. Cakes on offer for sale were baked by several staff, keen to raise as much money as possible.


Ms Thorn Subject Leader for Food Preparation and Nutrition and Textiles commented.

“People all over the UK host their own Coffee Morning and donations raised on the day are made to Macmillan. One in two of us will face cancer, and the money we raised at our Coffee Morning will help everyone with cancer to live life as fully as they can. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for taking part in our coffee morning last week. We have raised an amazing £285 in both cash and online donations. 

Thank you so much to all my wonderful bakers today – Ms Pennock, Ms Wills, Ms Yorsten, Mr Lane and everyone that generously donated at Mill Road Campus.”

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GCSE Press Release - Thursday 25 August 2022

Another Week of Excellent Student Outcomes!

As was the case with our post 16 students last week, we are delighted to announce that the GCSE class of 2022 have also secured an excellent set of examination results. The year group were awarded an incredible 439 9-7 (formerly A*-A) grades with an equally impressive 19 students securing 8 or more 9-7 (A*-A) grades. Furthermore, the year group also secured a superb 69.4% of all grades awarded being 9-4 grades, and a 100% pass rate in 20 subjects.

All of these headline figures are actual new records for the academy I am incredibly proud to announce!

A significant number of Plume Academy’s students secured outstanding results including:

  • Sam Glover who achieved a superb 9 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and 1 grade 7.

Upon receiving his results, Sam said, "I feel elated and I’m really pleased to get the results. It’s what I hoped for.”

  • Lily Simpson achieved an exceptional 6 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and 2 grade 7s.

  • Lizzie Mills who achieved a fantastic 3 grade 9s and 8 grade 8s.

       Upon receiving her results, Lizzie said,“I feel relieved but also proud and happy.”

  • Harry Tear who achieved 4 grade 9s, 4 grade 8s and 3 grade 7s. Upon receiving his results, Harry said, “It’s amazing really and I was chuffed to bits when I opened the letter and saw all 7s, 8s and 9s. It’s everything I hoped for and a little bit more really.”

  • Lewis Bridgeman who achieved 4 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s, and 1 grade 6. Upon receiving his results, Lewis said, “It’s fantastic although I was quite nervous to open this envelope I’m holding this morning. I’m quite surprised but I feel the hard work paid off and I’m really happy. I can’t quite believe it and it’s still sinking in.”

  • Jonny Willis who achieved 4 grade 9, 4 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s, and 1 grade 6.

  • Freddie Fry who achieved 4 grade 9, 3 grade 8s, 3 grade 7s and 1 grade 5. Upon receiving his results, Freddie said, “Incredible! It’s really great! I was hoping for good grades and I got what I wanted to move onto A levels and so can now continue with my learning and achievement. My hard work has also paid off and I’ve actually enjoyed working so hard to get what I achieved today.”

  • “To our younger students, just put in the work and revise. Don’t over revise though as it will just flood your brain with too much and you’ll just panic during the exam. Just revise with a constant plan and it’s never too late to actually start revising.”

Our vocational and resit students also achieved extremely good outcomes once again this year with almost all of the cohort securing the required grades to move onto the next stage of their education, employment or training.

An Absolutely Outstanding set of Examinations Results!

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Plume, Maldon’s Community Academy, is, once again, celebrating superb post 16 examination results which very much reflect the hard work and tremendous commitment shown by our students’ and staff over the course of the past two years. This is especially the case given the fact that they had to endure such a disruptive period caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – a period that saw them last complete a regular school year in 2018-19.

Our Year 13 A level results show that the academy secured improved outcomes in a number of areas including a virtually perfect overall A*-E pass rate and a superb A*-C pass rate, including 19 A*s. Of the 21 A Level subjects we currently offer at post 16, only three did not achieve a 100% pass rate, and in all seven non-A Level subjects, the pass rate was 100%.

Our Year 12 AS level results also portray a tremendously positive picture with again, a near perfect A-E pass rate, and just like the A level, an excellent A-C pass rate.

Understandably, we are immensely proud in terms of how well our College students have performed, especially when taking into consideration the resilience they had to show throughout their entire examination courses. This is also whilst noting that Plume Academy continued to offer a rich variety and choice of courses with the bespoke needs of every student at the forefront of the ongoing high-quality information, advice and guidance provided to them.

As a direct result, and despite the aforementioned challenges, many of our students have surpassed their set target grades and the increases highlighted above provide direct evidence to support this.

Furthermore, the usual high number of students have applied for a place at university, with significant numbers applying for, and subsequently securing places at, the highly sought after and prestigious ‘Russell Group’ universities.

We are also absolutely delighted that every single student who applied to go to university has secured a place with the vast majority being at their preferred choice.

Our top year 13 achievers were:

Martha Carlin                   Art and Design: Photography                      A*

                                          English Literature                                         A*

                                          French                                                           A*

                                          Extended Project                                          A

Post 18 Destination:        University of the Arts, London, Central St. Martins to study Art & Design


Kian Tozer                         Geography                                                 A*

                                           Mathematics                                               A*

                                           Physics                                                        A*

Post 18 Destination:          University of Nottingham to study Physics with Theoretical Physics


Ellie Dobson                      Business                                                      A*

                                           Media Studies                                             A*

                                           Geography                                                  A

Post 18 Destination:          University of Leeds to study Business Management with Marketing



Samuel Bagridge              Extended Project                                         A*

                                           Law                                                               A*

                                           Media Studies                                              A

                                           English Literature                                         B

Post 18 Destination:          University of Warwick to study Film and Literature


Lily Peace                           Law                                                               A*

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                                            Mathematics                                                 A

                                            English Literature                                         B

Post-18 Destination:           University of Exeter to study Law


Lamiaa Rassasse               Law                                                                A*

                                            Psychology                                                   A

                                            English Literature                                         A

Post-18 Destination:           Kings College, London to study Politics and International Relations

Carl Wakefield, Executive Principal of Plume Academy, said, “I am exceptionally proud of the results achieved by our College students this year, particularly given the massively disruptive period they had to work through and the unrelenting resilience they had to show.


I am also extremely pleased that virtually all of our Year 13 students have secured their first choice university place, with a number also securing high quality apprenticeships at reputable organisations both locally as well as in the city of London.


The results achieved by our Year 12 cohort were also excellent and only bodes well for next summer.”


He added “The bottom line is that all of this cannot happen without a huge amount of hard work being put in by our students themselves, and whilst working in collaboration with a fully committed and highly skilled team of staff, who have also been phenomenal throughout the pandemic period. When combined with the support and input shown throughout from our students’ parents and carers, it is clear to see as to why we have achieved such an outstanding set of outcomes.


It has been an absolute privilege to work alongside them all and I am immensely proud as to what they have secured as a collective.”


Ruth Clark, Joint Head of Academy and the academy’s current post 16 lead added,  “As an academy, we are exceptionally proud of the achievements of our post-16 students and as the senior lead for Plume College, it continues to be an absolute privilege to work alongside staff, parents and carers to ensure that all our students achieve their very best. Our students have indeed shown real commitment to their studies and resilience in sitting their formal exams and assessments after the disruption of the pandemic. 

In addition to congratulating our fantastic students, I would also like to thank our parents and carers for their support, and our teachers for their unstinting dedication. It has been wonderful to witness so many delighted students collecting results at the academy this morning”. 


Mrs Clark concluded by saying, “On a final note, I would like to wish all of our Year 13 leavers well as they progress to university, college, apprenticeships or employment and thank them for their hard work during their time at Plume Academy. We look forward to hearing about their continued success via our Alumni Programme.”

Powerlifter Ella Smallcombe wants to be a World Junior Champion


Plume Academy College student Ella Smallcombe has been officially invited to join Team GB at the up-and-coming World Junior Classic Powerlifting Championships to be held in Istanbul, Turkey. Ella and her coach Adam Fosbrook are excited by what this opportunity could mean for her early career in the sport. Ella left competitive swimming in 2021 to take up powerlifting at the Alpha Core Academy. Ella quickly established her place in the sport, by winning at the British Championships in October 2021, claiming all the under 18 Regional and English records. She successfully retained her title again this year and while doing so extended her records further. 


Ella and her coach are now raising money to travel and prepare for the World Junior Classic Championships to be held this September. They are currently looking for sponsorship to cover the £2,500 she needs to compete successfully. 

Please see for more about Ella and her achievements.

Powerlifter Ella Smallcombe wants to be a World Junior Champion

Plume College student Ella Smallcombe who is a very talented GB powerlifter is competing in her first World Championship competition today

 (Friday, 2 September) at 3pm.

Watch her via this live stream.

Ella Smallcombe Top 5 Powerlifter in the World in Her Weight Class

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Eighteen-Year-Old Plume College student and GB Powerlifter Ella Smallcombe finished 5th in the World Junior Powerlifting Championships held in Turkey. Mr Wakefield Executive Principal said: "We are absolutely delighted and proud of what Ella has achieved. She is a fantastic and inspirational role model for all our students. Her hard work and dedication to her sport points to a fantastic future ahead."


Ella achieved an almost perfect day hitting 8 from 9 lifts. PBs across the board and regional records in the squat, bench, deadlift and total in the U18 and U23s. 


Squat-115 kg 

Bench -57.5 kg

Deadlift 147.5 kg


You can see her lifts on the following clips however fast forward to:


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Plume Academy collaborates with Joseph Henry Unwin Sick Poor Fund to help benefit students’ mental health


Councillor Mark Heard, Chairman of The Joseph Henry Unwin Sick Poor Fund, explains how the charity has been working with Plume Academy to benefit young people's mental health.

Joseph Henry Unwin was a Maldon-born man who worked as a commercial clerk at the Maldon Iron Works. He lived at 81 High Street (currently Bluebell Boutique) and died in 1919.

Joseph felt that, after the First World War, the 'Land fit for heroes' wasn't helping the returning sick and wounded heroes enough. He left some money in his will for the establishment of a local charity to "assist the sick and needy of Maldon with Medical Provision, holidays and other aids to make life more bearable".

This became the Joseph Henry Unwin Sick Poor Fund.

Following the pandemic, the charity has seen calls to mental health departments rocket.

The committee felt the need for investment in mental health facilities, particularly for young people struggling to cope with all the changes.

11 to 13-year-olds are educated at the Lower Plume School in Mill Road, Maldon. There is a large garden at the rear of the playground that has been out of use and become overgrown over the last nine years.

Plume Academy was keen to develop this 'dead space' into something both members of the school and the wider Maldon community can benefit from.

The committee felt this project would really benefit young people's mental health as a place to find peace and social inclusion. We are working with the school to make this great project happen, thanks to donations from Maldon Rotary Club and the Beeleigh Abbey Lodge Masons.

Carl Wakefield, Executive Principal at Plume Academy, said: "I sincerely thank this fantastic, long-established charity for their tremendous support.

"This current 'dead-space' will be turned into something quite special - by replacing the old, rotting shed with a new one, replacing the plastic on the poly-tunnel frame, and creating a 'reflection corner' with some beautiful garden objects."

The school also proposes to add some vegetable and wildflower plots to create a community project and garden

Hot in the Dragon’s Den….but ice cream helps!

As part of a recent series of workshops on employability skills for our Year 12 students, we were delighted to host a Dragon’s Den competition in Plume College…fitting- as it coincided with one of the hottest days of the year.

Students had the challenging task of creating a new ice cream product associated with Maldon reflecting the traditions, the history, or the distinctiveness of the district.

We were delighted to welcome our Dragons, who generously gave up their time to spend time with our students and share advice, practical considerations and the business realities of developing and getting a new product to market.


Many thanks must go to Paul Wormald and Vicky Broomfield (Berry Global), Rhiain Oakley (Tesco Community Champion), Jack Ellum ( Maldon District Council) and “Dragon-in-Chief” Nigel Richardson. Nigel, representing Rossi Ice Cream, introduced the task to the students…along with the added bonus of ice cream sampling at the end of the challenge!

What a group of budding entrepreneurs and inventive minds we have at Plume Academy!

Each group presented their “pitch” to the Dragons and then faced the customary close questioning.

Ideas ranged from ice cream linked to our maritime heritage right through to a space themed ice cream paying homage to Sam Ryder, our local Eurovision Song Contest entrant.

The winning group presented an ingenious product based around healthy eating, referencing Byrhtnoth and the history of Maldon. (You may see it for sale at Maldon Prom one day!).

This competition is part of Plume Academy’s “Made in Maldon” project. This is a community employer engagement programme, designed to link potential employers with our students through various platforms, including this type of challenge, careers fairs and other business forums that we run locally throughout the year.

For further details of this project please contact:

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The winners shared a substantial prize and received an invitation to spend a day at Rossi’s ice cream factory.

As all cooled down with ice cream generously supplied by Nigel Richardson, the judges complimented our students on their team work, preparation, research, presentation and their ability to speak confidently – all highly valued skills.


Plume Academy Art Students Exhibit Work Via The Essex Schools Showcase 2022

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Fashion Show Competition

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Plume Cheer!

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On Friday 1 July, 36 of our students from years 7-10 represented Plume Academy at the 'Future Cheer' National Schools Cheerleading Competition. This is the largest and only schools cheerleading competition that takes place and features all school cheerleading teams across the country. 


I am delighted to share with you that our level 2 team achieved an outstanding 3rd place in their division. This is the highest level we currently compete at and the highest place we have ever gained in this category, so a huge achievement. For our level 1 team, despite scoring a very impressive 80.54%, they finished 13th in an extremely difficult category. 


Miss Meltzer said: "All students gave their best performance to date and should be very proud of their achievement."

Super talented, skillful Food Preparation and Nutrition students could work professionally 


Year 10 Food Preparation and Nutrition pupils were asked to produce two high skilled dishes within two hours, in their first ever GCSE practical examination experience.

The groups demonstrated a wide range of skills, from pasta and pastry making to jointing whole chickens and filleting fish. All pupils put in their best efforts, and presented their final dishes to an incredible standard.

The groups will take this knowledge into their final year of GCSE, where they will produce three dishes in the space of three hours, within a context provided by the exam board. In the past we have produced three course meals for people with cardiovascular disease, European cuisine, street food and meals for young children.

Miss Thorn Subject Leader: Food Preparation & Nutrition & Textiles  said: "A huge well done to year 10 Food pupils, who all put in the effort to plan, make and present their best work".

Plume Academy Proudly Supports The Maldon Festival 2022

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Year 9 and 10 pupils at Plume were delighted to welcome Professor Nancy Hills to their classroom this week, where they had a unique opportunity to listen to an industry expert discuss their work.


Professor Hills, a costume designer from Utah State University, is currently exhibiting at the Museum of Power. She specialises in reconstructing 18th Century gowns, and has recently worked to reconstruct 11 dresses from the Charles Paget Wade Collection. These are on display during the Maldon Festival, and Professor Hills has extended the invite to Plume Textiles pupils to view the collection.

Plume Academy Proudly Supports The Maldon Festival 2022


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The Director of Maldon Festival Colin Baldy is delighted that Plume Academy could assist and sponsor a key event this year.  Mr Wakefield, Executive Principal seen here with Mr Baldy at St Mary's Church, will host an open-air opera and picnic double bill that includes Une éducation manquée and Cox and box performed by Handmade Opera at 7.30 pm, Saturday 25 June. 

The open-air opera was a new addition to the 2020 Festival and is back by popular demand.  Held in St Mary’s churchyard with the Blackwater Estuary providing a spectacular backdrop, this is the perfect opera for a summer’s evening.  It offers the classic combination of wonderful music and a ditsy story of an innocent young couple investigating the dynamics of relationships, facilitated by no-less innocent but more elderly advisors.

Behind the scenes a number of Plume Academy students will gain  unprecedented access and a unique opportunity to watch, assist and observe the build-up to the final performances on the evening.

Mr Wakefield Executive Principal for Plume  Maldon's Community Academy said: "The Maldon Festival is a show piece cultural event for the town,  and we are delighted as an academy to be associated with this prestigious opportunity, to work with Festival Director Colin Baldy."

Tickets are on sale for Une éducation manquée and Cox and box performed by Handmade Opera starting from £22.00 at

Head Girl and Boy along with Mr Wakefield attend HRH The Duke of Kent Event

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Friday June 10th will live long in the memories of Grace Salfairso and Jenson Bacon who accompanied Mr Wakefield at the invitation of ex Plume student Mr Colin Trowels, to the service of dedication for a very special former Lifeboat Sir William Arnold. Read more here about this fantastic project at

Mr Wakefield said: "It was a real honour for us to attend the ‘Service of Dedication for the Lifeboat Sir William Arnold’ today at St. Katharine Docks, London. HRH The Duke of Kent was the Guest of Honour and this whole amazing project was led and driven by ex-Plume student, Mr Colin Trowles."

Visit from Alfie Gosling and ‘Baloo’ (Retired Essex Police Dog) 


We were delighted to see Alfie Gosling today less than two weeks after a significant back operation to address his scoliosis. The operation was a great success and Alfie is now 5 inches taller!  As I am sure you all agree, he is remarkable young man, and it was wonderful to see him back in the academy.

We also welcomed Baloo, a retired Essex Police dog, to FRC period 5 today. 

The Belgian Malinois was retired from duty after being hit by a car. Sadly, she broke her pelvis and leg, and her leg had to be amputated. Baloo had been responding to an incident with her handler PC Ross Ashcroft in October 2018 when she was only two years old.  Baloo moved in with retired police dog handler Mandy Chapman, her partner and their Jack Russell Titch, and she now 'works' as a OK9 wellbeing and trauma support dog.

UFest is Coming to Maldon District!

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To celebrate the arrival of the Queen's Baton Relay to Maldon on Friday 8 July, Maldon District are hosting UFest, a free and accessible community festival in Promenade Park, funded by the National Lottery.

An exciting day of events is being planned, running from 11am to 8pm, with activities, stalls, and events for the whole community, focusing on health, wellbeing, and fun. There will be live music, street food from around the world and a fantastic selection of games, sports, and activities to take part in throughout the day.

And, of course, the highlight will be watching the 10 official Baton bearers carrying the Queen's Baton, with its message for the Commonwealth, around the lake, out to the statue of Byrhtnoth and ending on the UFest stage!

Plume Music Staff talk to BBC News Easts' Lawrence Cawley about Eurovision and Sam Ryder


Plume Academy music staff and students talk to BBC News East about their connection and hopes for Maldon born social media sensation Sam Ryder, whom this year brilliantly finished second with his entry Space Man in the Eurovision Song contest. 

Click on the link below

Photography by Lawrence Crawley

Reduce, Reuse, RePlume


We are the RePlume Club, our primary goal is to help reduce waste throughout the school, whether it be energy or physical waste. Currently many goals are still in the works but you may have noticed the new signs by the lights. In the future we aim to achieve even more significant change.


As part of Replume club one of our goals is to reduce paper waste. We are trying to introduce this by adding paper-waste bins to classrooms. We also would like to decrease the amount of electricity that we use within the school. We will also add signs to most classrooms to show where the light switches are located.  This will be a reminder to turn off the light if you are the last person in a room. This will allow us to help reduce the amount of energy used.


We’re working on sourcing a crisp-packet recycling bin as the type of packaging requires special methods of recycling. Also, we’re working on having an eco-badge implemented to the satchel-one rewards system. Physical badges have been made from scrap plywood in an effort to reduce waste as much as possible.


Textiles club is on every Monday and Friday lunchtime. At the moment we are working on recycling projects for a competition at the end of the summer term. Their aim being to use commonly wasted products such as plastic bags, crisps packets, bottle tops and fabric scraps to create beautiful clothing items that are sustainable and fashionable.


In conclusion even though it’s just a start we as Replume are trying our best to play our role in the academy to cut down usage of plastics and waste that is harder to recycle and could be harmful to the world. And benefit both campuses not just from the side-lines but in ways that will benefit everyone, not just plume. If you would like to help us, then feel free to join us on Thursday lunchtimes in room 017 (FRC) or 006 on a Tuesday lunchtime (MRC) and join the big plastic count.

Year 7 and 8 Students Proud of  Their Progress Review Report Achievement Badges


Plume Academy have introduced Achievement Badges for students in year 7 and 8  based on their attainment grades in their last Progress Review report. Students are awarded either bronze, silver or gold badges based on their attainment in relation to their expected grades.

Please can you offer your congratulations to students who are wearing them at Mill Road Campus. Mrs  Pretty who leads in this initiative and strategy  said: "I know  students at MRC are keen to receive their badges in recognition of all of their hard work leading up to the release of the report".

Talented Mathematicians Recognised by The UK Mathematics Trust


The UK Mathematics Trust was founded in 1996 and its charitable aim is to advance the education of young people in mathematics. The maths challenges set encourage students to work collaboratively on a range of intriguing mathematical problems. Mrs Puleston who led the organisation of the Maths Challenge worked very hard organising  encouraging and supporting a group of Year 9, 10 & 11 students to complete the UK Maths Challenge and lots of them received certificates for their achievements. These were awarded by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. Mr Wakefield and Miss Maciver - Drummond our KS4 Maths Coordinator were both pleased and honoured to award the certificates to a very deserving group of young and very talented mathematicians. 

Leo Weller to Compete in the East Essex Regional Final for the Jack Petchey "Speak Out" Challenge 


Leo Weller fended off very strong competition to reach the East Essex Regional Final for the Jack Petchey "Speak Out" Challenge taking place at Colchester Academy on Wednesday 4th May. Doors will open at 6:oopm and the event will start at 6:30pm. The results of the competitors that Leo had to compete against speak volumes for the demands of the competition and can be viewed here. However, Ms Theobald who organised the competition said, "It was very hard to choose a winner the standards set by everyone were amazingly good."

Results of the "Speak Out" Challenge

 1st place - Leo Weller

In joint 2nd place - Molly Welsted and Paddy O'Brien

In joint 3rd place - Scarlett Chapman and Benjamin Frost

Finalists - Becca Palmer, Oliver Copper and Ella Mansfield 


Mr Wakefield pictured with the challenge group as well as with Leo, could not have been prouder of everyone that was awarded a certificate for their participation in this important event.

He was absolutely delighted to award the certificates personally and to offer praise, encouragement, and his thanks. 


Good luck Leo, we know you will be fantastic on the day.

British Championship Flat Track Competitor Cooper Rushen is a Winner

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Motorcycle Grass track is a form of track racing which typically, in its current form, takes place on a flat track consisting of two straights and two bends usually constructed in a field. It is one of the oldest types of motorcycle sports in the UK. Our very own Cooper Rushen has a natural talent for this type of sport and competes ​successfully in the British Championships.

Not only that, but he also turns out for his football club Tiptree Heath most weekends. This can lead to very long days traveling between the club he represents when racing and his love of football. Hard working and totally committed Cooper has a very bright future ahead of him on two wheels. 

We wish Cooper the very best for the up-and-coming British Championship and his continuing success in the sport.

BBC Radio 5 Live Presenter Adrian Chiles Interviews Plume Award Winning Teacher


BBC Radio 5 Live listeners got a chance to hear recently about how our Academy has been working with students across the transgender community.  Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31, 2022 is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by the transgender community worldwide. Mrs A Ollett our national award-winning teacher, who is our LGBT and Stonewall Champion supporting students with this important and vital issue; answered with her usual confident and expert knowledge, questions from 5 live presenter Adrian Chiles. The main topic about how schools can and should support young people facing and dealing with transgender transitioning was brilliantly explained by Mrs Ollett. Schools across the country need to be more confident about this and other issues of this nature and Plume Academy stands proud to be able to do so.

Listen to Mrs Ollett here on BBC 5 live completing her interview  available  here: 

There are 3 speakers including Mrs Ollett and it starts at 44:10 into the programme.

Plume Academy Proudly Working In Partnership With 

The Local Business Community

As we continue to build our links with the local business community, Plume Academy are proud to be associated with Rossi Ice Cream. 

Sourcing local catering suppliers helps us to secure the best options for our students and staff.  Paula Flight our award winning Catering Manager and her team  are a very keen advocates of  finding and providing the very best quality food found locally.

Plume Academy would like to thank Mr Richardson and Rossi Ice Cream for adding their excellent high quality product to our catering offer. Mrs Flight said: "Ice cream is a very popular food option for us and one we are delighted to offer; we are lucky and grateful to be able to provide an opportunity for all our stakeholders to make a purchase on site of this excellent product".

"Two Appeals One Outcome" Collection For Ukraine And Afghan Refugees


Plume Academy parents, carers, students and staff responded with extraordinary generosity to an appeal to support fleeing families from Ukraine, and refugee children that have arrived recently to our local area from Afghanistan.

Basic essential items and clothing were collected for Ukraine women, children and the elderly crossing the border between their war torn country and Poland. These goods were transported across Europe by a dedicated team of Polish lorry drivers from a central collection point situated locally in the Maldon district.

Recently arrived to our area Afghan refugee children also benefited with much needed donations of warm clothing and footwear. We have over a hundred Afghan families with sixty children currently living  locally.  In both cases the donations  comfortably filled a very large storage room from floor to ceiling.

A spokesperson for the Academy said: "I cannot believe the incredible response to an appeal that only ran for seven days. A lot of the clothing items donated are brand new, unused and in there original packaging. "

Plume Academy would like to thank everyone that made a donation to either or both appeals. We are so lucky to live and work in a community determined to play its part to make a difference.

Year 11 Student Kay Tyler Publishes Her First Short Story On Amazon Books

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Kay Tyler, 15 has published her first short book on Amazon and what an amazing read it is to.

"£7 is the story about a young girl who is tired of living society’s norms and runs away to explore her mind and the world. It is written from her perspective as she documents her story on her phone, in the story we see the way society is making her think and how her ​experience's change or modify it."

Having read the story,  I cannot recommend it more for others to read. Kay has an amazing future as an author and we here at the Academy wish her the best of luck and look forward to seeing more from this very talented student.

Seven Pounds: More or Less, is available to download at Amazon Books for just £1.99:

Dalia Baker Selected To Play Football For GB  At The Maccabiah Games, 2022


Dalia Baker has received the excellent news that she has been selected to represent GB in the Maccabiah Games in Israel this summer. It is an extraordinary achievement for Dalia to be participating in a sporting event that rivals the Olympics and Commonwealth games. She is absolutely thrilled to be going to Israel in July and has very I hopes for the GB team. Mr Wakefield said: "I would also like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere congratulations on your selection Dalia to the GB squad for the upcoming Maccabiah Games – you and your family must be incredibly proud! We are too of course and we very much look forward to hearing all about it after the games have drawn to a conclusion."

This is indeed a very proud moment for everyone associated with Dalia and all those here at the Academy wish her the very best of luck.


Plume Academy Wins Healthy Schools Award 2022

Plume Academy wins an award for our work as part of the Healthy Schools Programme and Mrs Sarah Freeman, Director of Human Resources was " delighted to receive the Affinity Award on behalf of the Academy" as part of the Annual Essex Healthy Schools Awards work that has been led and delivered by Mrs Sarah Parker, Turnaround Centre Lead.


Mrs. Sarah Freeman, Director of Human Resources, and Mrs Sarah Parker, Turn Around Centre Lead

A spokesperson for Essex Public Health and Healthy Schools said: " It was great to have so many schools representing both Primary and Secondary schools across Essex. The dedication and commitment to the Health and Wellbeing of your pupils through the Healthy Schools Programme was evident from the number of schools who had achieved Foundation and Enhanced status over the past two years. It was great that we were able to award some schools with Best Practice awards and going forward this is now how schools will be awarded".

A Plume Academy spokesperson commented, " this award is a fantastic example and recognition for the hard work and dedication that all involved deliver on a daily basis and we could not be ​prouder of what this means for our stakeholders across the Academy community."

Plume Careers Fair Was An Outstanding Success


Last week, Plume Academy welcomed over 50 providers from a variety of industries, education, and training sectors to the Academy for  the  first in-person Careers Fair in 2 years. Throughout the evening, we were joined by hundreds of students and parents/carers from years 7 to 13. The event created an excellent opportunity for our students and parents/carers to engage with our exhibitors and provide meaningful and insightful conversations about future employment, education, and training routes. The atmosphere throughout was exceptional, with our guests being extremely grateful of this opportunity after such a long break due to the national pandemic. This was reflected in feedback collated which found that 99% of our attendees described the event as 'Very Good' or 'Excellent'. 


In addition to this, feedback identified that attendees found it had assisted with the following:

  • Identifying GCSE and A-level subject choices

  • Work experience/ work shadowing placement ideas

  • Possible post-16 and post-18 options

  • Choosing and applying for an apprenticeship

  • Higher education choices

  • Learning about a career of interest

Ms Meltzer Careers lead for the Academy said: "Throughout the evening, exhibitors could not praise Plume students enough, explaining that they had gone above and beyond in assisting exhibitors with their set up, welcoming them to the academy and supporting them throughout the evening. They were a credit to the academy". 

Plume Academy Plants Its Second Tree To Mark The Jubilee Year For The Queen


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Mr Wakefield with invited guests  that included  High Sheriff Mr Simon Brice, Lynda Townend Environment Officer for Maldon Town Council, The Mayor of Maldon and Cllr Carlie Mayes to name just some of the very important people that helped  plant our second tree; for the  Queen's Jubilee at our  Mill Road Campus.  The   planted tree positions will be pinned to the Queen’s Green Canopy online map as a lasting tribute. Our lead students from Year 7,8 and 13 were delighted to be part of this very memorable and historic event for the Academy and themselves.