Plumberow Primary 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 Primary Academy

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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.  

We are a national network of over 60 primary, special and secondary academies. We are passionately committed to inspiring children and young people. 

We’ve undergone considerable change over the last two years. Bar the name above the door, everything about AET has changed: our leadership; our governance; our financial controls; our school improvement and our curriculum support. 

AET is well on its way to becoming something rather wonderful – we are a family of schools that is dedicated to education that paves the way for our young people go on to lead remarkable lives. And it’s our people who are making that a living and breathing reality in our academies.


Each and every child inspired to choose a Remarkable Life.


To gather and motivate inspirational people committed to delivering an excellent education that launches children into remarkable lives.



At AET, we choose to be unusually brave. We're not afraid to challenge wrongs, to make the right call, even when it's both unusual and difficult to do so.


We are on the search for discovering what's possible. We look to create 'eureka moments' for our students, helping them discover a world of possibilities and opportunities.


We always strive to push the limits. We don't settle for less than excellent and we won't allow our students to either. We resolve to overcome any self-imposed limits.


We commit to being big-hearted. We choose to treat each other with kindness, warmth and care, believing that everybody matters and believing in one another.

AET is also an approved Apprenticeship Training Provider (through the ESFA) 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 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