Welcome to Plumberow Primary Academy...   

"...I was very pleased to receive the report of the recent inspection at your school which judged your school as good. 
The report is clear that the school has many strengths ..."
  - taken from a letter received from Tim Coulson - 
Director of Education and Learning, Essex County Council
(The full letter can be viewed here) 
"...I would personally like to congratulate you and your staff on your provisional summer results....
Congratulations to you and your colleagues on this success, we know that achieving high standards and significant improvement with children is very demanding ...."
-taken from a letter received from Clare Kershaw - Acting Director of Commissioning: Education and Lifelong Learning
Ofsted Judgments - March 2014
'This is a GOOD school' 
Achievement                            - GOOD
Quality of Teaching                  - GOOD
Behaviour & Safety of Pupils   - GOOD
Leadership & Management     - GOOD 

Message from the Headteacher

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our children, parents, extended families and visitors to our Academy Website, and hope that you find the information informative and enjoyable to view.

Plumberow Primary Academy is a very large 3 form Academy with 650 pupils on roll. We have facilities that we are proud of, including two halls, a spacious ICT suite, a large field, a designated cooking room, a well maintained library and an outdoor swimming pool. Teaching areas are both safe and well maintained, providing a stimulating working environment for the pupils.

The teachers and support staff form a very strong team and work closely with the Governing Body and The Academies Enterprise Trust to promote high standards throughout Plumberow. Parental involvement is largely encouraged through a well established induction policy for new entrants, weekly surgeries and an open door policy. A large number of parents provide invaluable voluntary support in classes throughout the academy and there is a well established PTA, which provides a programme of fundraising activities throughout the year.

The academy teaches a broad and balanced curriculum which is enriched by a wide range of extra curricular activities. There is a very strong emphasis on sport and music within the academy and academy teams compete very successfully in a wide range of inter-school sports activities.

Ian Barton, Headteacher

Plumberow Academy Mission Statement

At Plumberow Primary Academy, we aim to provide a happy, safe, and caring community, where everyone is encouraged and supported to achieve their goals.

Aims of the Academy

Our committed and friendly staff aim to:

  • Provide an environment in which the children feel safe, secure and happy, and are able to become confident, independent learners.
  • Build on success by assessing each child as an individual and starting with what the child can do.
  • Ensure the development of the whole child according to age, ability and aptitude.
  • Value the partnership with parents and encourage relationships with the local community

Latest Newsletter

  • Week Ending 5th February The latest Plumberow Newsletter can be viewed/downloaded, here!
    Posted 5 Feb 2016, 02:56 by Sheila Bacon
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Academy News

  • Young Voices at The O2! WOW!!! What an AMAZING (but tiring) experience!! Plumberow shone at the O2 when they took part in 'Young Voices 2016'! The behaviour of the children was exemplary and they were ...
    Posted 5 Feb 2016, 09:30 by Sheila Bacon
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Foundation News

  • The Emergency Services! To compliment their learning about Emergency Vehicles, part of their Transport topic, Foundation pupils were joined by the Police - Sergeant Goldspink (a Plumberow dad) and the Fire Service from Hawkwell ...
    Posted 3 Feb 2016, 10:55 by Sheila Bacon
  • Maths! Mrs Myall's class have been working on their maths outside! The challenge ... matching the relevant Numicon to the correct number!More Learning Fun!
    Posted 29 Jan 2016, 10:27 by Sheila Bacon
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Year 1 News

  • The Great British...! (more photos added) Great Britain was the next stop for Year 1's Taste of Adventure! Pupils made sandwiches and invited a grandparent to an afternoon Tea Party! (Grandparents very ...
    Posted 4 Feb 2016, 08:36 by Sheila Bacon
  • BBQ! (more photos added) Year 1 completed their Australia week with a traditional 'Barbie'! Typical British BBQ weather ... wet & windy!Bonzer!
    Posted 4 Feb 2016, 08:27 by Sheila Bacon
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Year 2 News

  • Penguin Day 2016 (more photos added!) You could 'P...P...P...P...Pick up a Penguin' at Plumberow at their Penguin Day! Unfortunately, their Penguin Parade had to be cancelled due to the ...
    Posted 29 Jan 2016, 03:37 by Sheila Bacon
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Year 3 News

  • Greek Day 2015 What a 'Greek' day for Year 3!! Pupils had a FANTASTIC day!It started with lots of fun thanks to the Rainbow Theatre Company. There was also Zorba dancing a ...
    Posted 22 Jan 2016, 10:12 by Sheila Bacon
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Year 4 News

  • Party Time! Year 4 pupils had an afternoon of pass the parcel and dance at their Christmas Party!Party Time!
    Posted 17 Dec 2015, 10:22 by Sheila Bacon
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Year 5 News

  • Space Adverts! Miss A Jones' class have been busy making their adverts! Their objective - a Space advert promoting a trip to join Tim Peake! As well as writing their adverts, they have ...
    Posted 3 Feb 2016, 11:19 by Sheila Bacon
  • Special Science Lesson from Space! Year 5 (and Year 3) pupils joined thousands of other children in thousands of schools around the world who linked in to 'The Cosmic Classroom' for a special science lesson ...
    Posted 2 Feb 2016, 10:27 by Sheila Bacon
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Year 6 News

  • E-Safety Year 6 have been finding out more about keeping safe when they are using their computers etc. and playing games on line! The photos are of the workshop in Miss ...
    Posted 29 Jan 2016, 12:43 by Sheila Bacon
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Head Teacher's Welcome

Mr Ian Barton

Head Teacher


Diary Dates

  • Diary Dates for 2015-16 can be viewed/downloaded, here!
  • Mon 8th Feb - Yr5 Planetarium visit to Plumberow
  • Mon 8th Feb - Chinese New Year celebrations - Foundation Stage & Year 1
  • Thurs 11th Feb - PTA Discos
  • Fri 12th Feb - PTA Discos
  • Mon 15th-Fri19th Feb (inclusive) - Half Term!
  • Mon 22nd Feb - Children return to school

Plumberow Tweets

Pupil Council 'blog'

  • Week Ending 22nd January Mrs Myall (Health Police) and Miss Ellis (Eco Warriors) came in and talked to us about the KS2 Snack Trolley which may be returning as both groups are trying to ...
    Posted 20 Jan 2016, 04:33 by Sheila Bacon
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Health Police Update

  • Week Ending 15th January The Health Police have been busy!  They have been monitoring Healthy Eating by checking at lunchtime in the dining hall, packed lunches AND staff lunches! Their tally results will now ...
    Posted 14 Jan 2016, 10:11 by Sheila Bacon
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Eco Warriors-Latest News

  • Week Ending 5th February Over the past two weeks we have been putting the labels on the recycling bins and practising the Eco Assembly. Everybody who didn't have a compost bin now has ...
    Posted 5 Feb 2016, 02:12 by Sheila Bacon
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Recipe of the Week!

  • Week Ending 22nd January 'Haggis Pie with Tatties and Neeps' was the dish of the day in the Year 3 Cookery Club this week!The recipe can be viewed/downloaded, here and the photos ...
    Posted 21 Jan 2016, 00:58 by Sheila Bacon
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