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Science Staff Are Amazed By Year 12 Biologists Work. 

Mitosis in Action.

Mitosis root tip squash
Mitosis root tip squash

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Mitosis in action
Mitosis in action

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Stages to compare our work
Stages to compare our work

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Mitosis root tip squash
Mitosis root tip squash

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I want to share this required Biology practical with you all. 

I have not witnessed such a slide in a school lab before. This is an amazing root tip squash produced by one of our A level Biologists, Harris Clements.


It not only shows one stage of mitosis in the field of view but all stages.  We used Toluidine blue stain on garlic root tips: magnification  X400. The photograph of the field of view  captures a truly remarkable image.  You will see  a professionally prepared outline view of each stage so that you are able to compare. See if you can spot the chromosomes condensing, aligning and then moving to the poles of the cells, this will enable the root tip to grow as two new daughter cells form.


Miss Cox and her science staff are absolutely astonished by the photographs you can see here. It easily matches if not exceeds those that are produced in professional laboratories. 

Miss L Cox

Faculty Science Leader

Just Like Us' 2021 Role Model Awards: Winner of Outstanding Pride Group

Stonewall Gold Award - 22 December 2021

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Jack Petchey Award 2021


I’d like to congratulate not one but TWO year 9 Plume Academy students, Isabella Olenka and Henry Crates, for being awarded a Jack Petchey award. Both students are a fantastic credit to the year group, the Academy and their families and fully deserve to be recognised with this award.

Isabella Olenka was nominated and awarded an award for the following reasons;

“Isabella has been nominated as a student who represents her year group exactly as we would expect, a genuine role model. Isabella has had to deal with the challenges of some challenging personal issues and yet has met them head on and does not allow these to get in the way of academic achievement or ability to socialise. Alongside this, Isabella has participated in recent student panel interviews for a series of important teaching posts which Mr. Wakefield our Executive Principal described as “the best he has ever seen”. Furthermore, Isabella has recently contributed and played a key part in the Plume Academy food bank collection-a worthy local cause and shows   further demonstration what a well-rounded young lady she is. Such contribution to the Academy life is justly rewarded with a Jack Petchey Achievement Award. “


Secondly, Henry Crates was nominated and awarded for the following reasons;

“Henry has made a real effort to improve from last year and his progress from Year 8 is staggering. This is because of his extremely positive attitude and behaviour both in and out of the classroom. He is always first to put up his hand and have a go at a question. He is not afraid to think “outside the box and speak up in front of his class colleagues. This builds his growing confidence 

Henry has gone above and beyond taking considerable time to refine his pieces that he has submitted for the extra-curricular competitions (National Poetry Day and an article for Black History Month). They were well received! Henry puts himself out there and goes one-step-beyond in everything that he does. His enthusiasm encourages his peers to also involve themselves in lessons. He shows great pride in his schoolwork and does so in a modest yet determined way. He is polite and well-mannered and always greets teachers at the door and around school. Such a diligent, hard-working, mature, polite, young man is a very deserving winner of a Jack Petchey Award.”


We, as a Year 9 pastoral team are very proud of their achievements and will be given £250 to spend for the benefit of the Academy.


A massive well done!


Mr. Farrow

Head of Year 9

The Christmas Present Appeal

Christmas Presents Donations from Barnardo's, Salvation Army and Virgin Care


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Following a collaborative approach between our Plume Pupil Premium Group coordinators and Assistant Heads of Year here at the academy. A list of Plume families and students were then referred for support this Christmas in providing presents for our most challenged families.  This project has been coordinated brilliantly at the Plume by Ms J Frost and Ms L Peake in partnership with three national charity organisations.


Ms Frost was contacted this week by Suzanne Milne from Barnardo's, to say that the presents were ready for collection. The gifts have been donated by Virgin Care, Barnardo's, and The Salvation Army.  They were collected from the Salvation Army Church in Maldon, who had kindly bagged up the presents ready for each student/family along with food hampers with lots of Christmas goodies, snacks, and essentials items.


Mr T Cleaver and Mr T Sutton from our site team drove the minibus and van to the Salvation Army church on Wantz Road, Maldon, where they kindly loaded the bags. Ms J Wilks and Ms J Frost then distributed them to our families, throughout that very morning across the local area. 


Some parent's responses included:


"Thank you so much for thinking of us", it is so appreciated. 

"Wow! look at all that food! Thank you, this is going to really help this year" 


What a fantastic partnership between all the organisations involved, working to achieve such a brilliant outcome and a wonderful way to end the calendar year for all involved.

Plume Academy Christmas Concert 2021

We are delighted to invite you to attend the premier of The Plume Academy Christmas Music Concert 2021 on Tuesday 14 December at 7.00 pm. 


To access the concert, please click on the link below:

If you are unable to join us at 7.00 pm, please be aware that you will be able to view the concert at another time by simply using the same link. 


The Music Department would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry and Healthy Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Chloe Johnson and Elizabeth Mills 

Enter The Highly Prestigious Royal Academy of Arts RA attRAct Programme

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The RA's attRAct programme is a free, year-long programme of workshops, tutorials, and advise sessions designed to encourage young people to develop their art making skills and to think and talk critically about art and the creative industries.

It is a highly prestigious and coveted opportunity for any young artist and Plume Academy has two very talented entrants on the programme.


Chloe Johnson and Elizabeth Mills were the lucky recipients to be able to take up this opportunity at this world class institution. They were supported by their Art teacher Mrs Mills who worked tirelessly with these two very fortunate students to secure a place.


It is believed that Elizabeth Mills is amongst the youngest students in the country to gain a place. We are very proud of them both and wish them luck on their new adventure.

Our Incredible and Dedicated Fambridge Road Campus Elite Sports Students


As you may be aware we are very lucky to have an incredible and completely dedicated cohort of students on both of our campuses that compete at the highest level in their chosen sports. Pictured either side of Mr Wakefield and Ms Parry are the students and how they represent their chosen sport at GB, National, Regional, and County level. It is an astonishing roll call as you will see below and one that Mr Wakefield and Ms Parry wanted to celebrate with the wider academy. Shortly we will be sharing with you the achievements of our equally focussed elite sports students at our Mill Road Campus in years 7 and 8.

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Rebecca Wells Y11 England Regional Hockey

Charlotte Hasler Y11 GB Gymnastics

Isabelle Judge Y10 GB Speed Skating

Jessica Pugh Y10 GB Athletics/Essex Cricket

Luca Bately Y11 Essex Squash

Jack Fredlein Y9 Essex/National Swimming

Benjamin Frost Y10 GB Artistic Roller Skating

Oscar Bassett Y10 Essex Cricket

Ella Smallcombe Y12 GB Powerlifting

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Ms Parry

Marley Read Y12 GB Golf

Finlay MacAllan Y9 Essex Hockey

Tom Aldis Y10 GB Taekwondo

Charlie Randall Y10 Essex/Saracens Rugby

Edward Farmer Y10 Essex Hockey

William Farmer Y10 Essex Hockey

William Randall Y9 Essex Golf

Stan Smith Y9 Y9 Essex Golf

Alfie Gosling Proudly Switches On The Maldon High Street Christmas Lights

Year 10 student Alfie Gosling was the guest of honour at the Maldon Town Christmas light official switch on. 

Mr Wakefield said:

"There are so many wonderful people in and associated with this academy, and here is one of them! What a truly fantastic young man in every sense of the word!

Plume Academy Celebrates 50 Years as a Comprehensive


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Plume Academy celebrated 50 years since converting from being a grammar school to embrace secondary comprehensive education.  Former students, staff along with local MP for Maldon John Whittingdale OBE and the Mayor of Maldon David Ogg and his wife Sharon Ogg were the guests of honour for an evening that saw Mr Wakefield Executive Principal host a fascinating look at the last 50 years of the Plume. With welcomed input and light-hearted reflections from the audience as they described and shared their student and staff experience from different and complimentary viewpoints, past and present.

Current Year 8 academy student Elliot Rose confidently co-hosted with Mr Wakefield,  what was a highly successful and engaging evening. Plume Academy now has a dedicated heritage and archive room that houses various memorabilia, photographs, written records, cups, shields, and other interesting artifacts which can be viewed by appointment. Former students and staff are welcome to tour the school by booking a time and day in advance with Mr Barton who is the Whole Academy Lead for Marketing, Media Communications and Community Engagement, either via email or by telephone. Details can be found on the Plume Academy website. 

Tom Aldis Competes at the Highest National Level in

 The British Taekwondo Championship 2021

Year 10 student Tom Aldis who in the last month or so has just turned 15 years old, competed recently in the British Taekwondo Championships 2021. He finished in 4th position (in a new category) out of and incredible 60 competitors, many of whom were up to 18 years of age. It is an extraordinary achievement and a fantastic reward for the huge number of hours of dedication it takes to reach this level in such a tough and demanding sport. Plume Academy is very proud of what Tom has achieved and wish him  continued success for the future.

Visit by The Minister of State for School Standards

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On Monday 15 November 2021, we were honoured to be visited by the Minister of State for School Standards, Mr Robin Walker MP. The Minister spent the morning visiting classes and meeting students and staff at our Mill Road Campus which hosts 610 Years’ 7 and 8 students. The Minister also met with myself and Mr Scott, our Director Finance and Premises, to discuss elements of our proposed strategic development of both campuses over the next three years.


We were also fortunate to have our local MO, Mr John Whittingdale OBE, and our Chair of Trustees, Mr Nagle, join us for the morning and for the Minister’s visit.


It was an absolute pleasure to have the Minister spend some of his precious time with us as what a truly lovely man who had time for every single student and staff member he engaged with, and did not miss asking a question on almost every single display, poster or painting he passed.


We only wish Minister Walker every success in his new, hugely important role although based on what we all were fortunate to witness yesterday, he’ll do exceptionally well!


Mr Wakefield

Open Morning Tour Survey Results – 2021