Malcolm Arnold Academy
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
About Malcolm Arnold Academy
About the academy
Malcolm Arnold Academy is one of the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) schools. It is a popular and oversubscribed co-educational secondary school based in Northampton, Northamptonshire, for students aged 11-18. It has approximately 1300 pupils on roll, with around 130 of these pupils comprising our sixth form.
Malcolm Arnold Academy is a Good school, with our most recent OFSTED report being in May 2018, citing us as Good in all inspection judgement categories.
Values and vision
Malcolm Arnold Academy’s horizontal pastoral system is at the heart of support for each student. Each year group comprises eight tutor groups, all belonging to one of four trust-wide houses. It aims to help everyone studying and working at the school to build good relationships and grow both academically and personally. The academy’s educators are dedicated to leading the way in teaching, while always placing emphasis on the importance of traditional values. We are a Church of England academy having strong links with the Peterborough Diocese. The academy has its own chaplain, with friendship, peace and truth being the academy’s chosen fundamental virtues that we all endeavour to live by.
Each faculty within the school is fully staffed and exceptionally well-resourced, with the vast majority of classrooms having interactive whiteboards and visualisers. Academy Staff’s individual needs are met very well with a bespoke and individualised CPD programme, allowing all staff to regularly collaborate, research, experiment and evaluate whilst continuing to grow as practitioners. We offer a broad range of post-16 studies, allowing every teacher the opportunity to deliver to sixth form and further develop their teaching craft. There is good scope within the academy for career progression and promotion. The academy’s principal is proud of her team at the academy and likes to encourage and harness talent, whilst retaining and recruiting exceptional teaching staff. Well-being of staff at the academy is very good and the academy is a happy, supportive and fun working environment. Pupils at the academy have a vast array of co-educational activities on offer. The academy has particularly superb sporting and music facilities, highlighted by the academy’s continual success in both annual DRET Sport and Music Cups.
Malcolm Arnold Academy considers itself to be a "learning school". We pride ourselves on our strong and positive relationships with parents, guardians and carers and our continuing growing strong links with the local community and external agencies. The academy’s members are encouraged to think about how they could do things better, whether in learning, teaching or relationships. Both the leadership team and staff at the academy pride themselves on their openness, availability and collaboration with all stake holders.
The trust, governors and senior leaders know the school well. They are determined that all pupils will make at least good progress. The school’s values of ‘friendship, truth, peace’ underpin the ethos of the school. There is a strong culture of openness, honesty and respect. Pupils make good progress across a range of subjects and all current year groups. The leadership of the school’s work with pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities is strong. Pupils make good progress from their starting points, including pupils in the school’s specialist provision. The school’s work to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is a strength of the school and contributes well to pupils’ personal development and good behaviour. The curriculum is regularly reviewed and adapted to meet the needs of pupils. The extra-curricular opportunities offered to pupils are outstanding and make a significant contribution to pupils’ personal development. Procedures to safeguard pupils are robust. Pupils feel safe and are taught well how to keep themselves safe. The school provides good support to vulnerable pupils.