Plumberow Academy

Essex, United Kingdom

Location: Essex, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 5 - 11 years

About Plumberow Academy

Plumberow Primary Academy is a very large 3 form Academy with approximately 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.

We aim to provide a happy, safe, and caring community, where everyone is encouraged and supported to achieve their goals. 

The teachers and support staff form a very strong team and work closely with the Governing Body and Academies Enterprise Trust to promote high standards throughout Plumberow. Parental involvement is largely encouraged through a well established induction policy for new entrants 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


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


  • We will care for others 
  • We will be powerful learners 
  • We will strive for personal achievement 
  • We will always challenge ourselves 
  • We will work together to be good citizens 

Our school values are celebrated weekly in our ‘Celebration Assembly’. Children will receive a celebration certificate. 


The academy aims to provide a broad, balanced, coherent curriculum for the children that tries, as far as possible, to meet their individual needs.

Our prime aim is to deliver the National Curriculum. This consists of the following subjects:

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • ICT
  • Science

Foundation Subjects

  • Geography
  • History
  • Design Technology
  • Art
  • RE
  • P.E.
  • Music
  • Modern Foreign Languages

The academy has developed planned modules relating to the National Curriculum.

Assessment Profiling is carried out in the Foundation Stage within the first few weeks of children starting with the academy. This is done implicitly so that children continue with child led tasks and activities and are unaware that observations are taking place.

On-going assessment is carried out throughout the academic year in order to inform teacher assessment and support children in recognising what they need to do in order to progress further in their learning.

Teachers also use a range of test materials in order to inform their assessments. These support evidence of pupil attainment, serving as an indication of their independent ability.

The results of Year 6 SATs tests are reported to parents and the results published.

Children are set according to ability in English and Maths in Years 5 and 6, whilst in Year 3 and 4, they are set in Maths only. There is an obligation to spend a large part of curricular time in the teaching of the Core subjects (English, Maths, ICT and Science).

Information from testing and teacher assessment is also used to set achievable targets for individuals and Year groups.


To view our latest Ofsted report (March 2014) please click here.

Our Trust 

We are proud to be part of Academies Enterprise Trust.  

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is a national network of 64 primary, secondary and special schools across England. Our schools are located across England including the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, Midlands, London, West of England, Kent and the South Coast.

As  the sponsor, AET believes that all young people deserve to become world-class learners – to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up-to-date resources available to them.  In each of our academies, you will benefit from visionary, inspirational and dynamic leadership and be empowered to develop your own skills with access to world-class CPD and Talent Management programmes.  You will also be entitled to the following benefits: a health cash plan, vehicle affinity scheme, childcare vouchers and Westfield rewards.

As the largest MAT (Multi Academy Trust) across England we work together in partnership and embrace the different contexts and diverse communities our schools serve to provide the very best possible education for around 35,000 young people and their families.

We offer a wide range of career pathways to our teachers, middle leaders, support staff and senior leaders with many of our schools being host to Teach First and Ambition School Leadership.

AET is also an approved Apprenticeship Training Provider (through the SFA) which allows us to deliver a wide range of apprenticeship programmes across the Trust and our school network. To find out more about what we offer click here 

We also offer School Direct teacher training programmes across our network. For more information please click here

To find out more about AET please visit us at 


Address: Hamilton Gardens, Hockley, Essex, SS5 5BX, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1702 203741
What people say about us

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.

- Clare Kershaw - Acting Director of Commissioning: Education and Lifelong Learning - 2015

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.

- Tim Coulson - Director of Education and Learning, Essex County Council - 2014