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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

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.

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.

Plume Academy Food Technology Teacher Raises £250 for the British Heart Foundation

Miss Thorn, Subject Leader for Food Preparation, Nutrition and Textiles celebrated and marked her birthday last week Tuesday March 15th by choosing to raise £250 for the British Heart Foundation. 


Miss Thorn said, "I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has come along in person to my cake sale and as well as all that donated online . We have raised £250 for the British Heart Foundation Thank you all so much for your support."


Mr Wakefield, Executive Principal said. "What a tremendous and perfectly well-timed effort"

A spokesperson for the Academy went on to say. "We are absolutely delighted for Miss Thorn she has gone to a lot of effort, over above her very busy teaching schedule to make and bake cakes to sell and raise money. £250.00 is a very impressive effort and a great way to celebrate her own birthday by raising this sum for the British Heart Foundation."


Tom Aldis Wins Sliver At TAGB Tae-Kwon-Do English Championships 2022 Held In Worcester

Year 10 Plume Academy student Tom Aldis was up against tough competition at this years TAGB English Championship 2022, in his category of 15-18 yrs old black belt boys in pattern work, and successfully beat the reining British Champion and won himself a silver medal!

Second in England, such a massive achievement! 


Tom used all of his past experiences to achieve this great result. His parents Mr and Mrs Aldis said    "We are so proud! "Mr Wakefield added when talking to Toms' parents, "this is indeed some achievement and you must be incredibly proud of Tom - in an age bracket he is the youngest in too and defeating the current British Champion no less!"


Plume Students Asked What Does English Mean To Me?

The English Faculty competition, What Does English Mean to Me? - a visual representation, ran throughout January and February.

Using the question 'What Does English Mean to Me? we asked students to muster all their creative energies to visually represent the answer to this question. The answer could be presented as anything visual from a mood board or series of photographs to a sculpture or recording of a dance.


There have been so many beautiful entries, that have shown not only the skill and creativity of our talented students, but also the importance that English, in its many forms, has on so many people. The enormously creative and diverse entries had one thing in common though -

nearly all of them used colour to express the kaleidoscopic experience of reading! 


And so, with huge congratulations, here are our winners:


1st Bailey St Martin (Year 7)

Bailey created a spectacular, colourful collage full of texture and sparkle that represents the vibrancy of English - we particularly enjoyed Bailey's reading and presenting of his entry. 

Bailey receives a £10 book voucher, certificate, and an English award badge.


2nd Archie Jones (Year 8)

Archie has produced a wonderful representation of a reader immersed in a book (the visual shows the back of the readers head emphasising how lost in their reading world they are). Archie's entry also makes use of colour with a stream of nouns emanating from the pages describing what English means to him including freedom, expression, and inspiration. A truly lovely piece of artwork.  

Archie will receive a certificate and an English award badge.


3rd Robyn Kennelly (Year 7)

Robyn presented a well written explanation of 'What English Means' to her and coined the inspirational phrase: "English is the light in our world of darkness"; such a well-needed positive sentiment! We also loved the accompanying illustration which showed colour and music, as well as letters, shooting from the page of a book being read. 

Robyn will also receive a certificate and an English award badge.


Thank you to all our entries - we were impressed by the imaginative responses sent in. All entries will be receiving a certificate from the English Competitions team. 

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