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Malcolm Arnold Academy

At Malcolm Arnold Academy we seek to broaden the horizons of each and every one of our students, helping them to achieve at the highest level both academically and in their talents outside the classroom.

Academy Information

Our vision is to broaden young people's horizons by creating a world-class academy.

We provide excellent teaching and learning and offer a wide range of outstanding academic and co-curricular opportunities.

We want to develop a culture of achievement, rooted in Christian values but welcoming students of all faiths or none.

In our latest Section 48 Report, it was noted that

The academy is characterised by its compassion and service towards all in its community. The well-being of the whole child is central to all policies and practices. The exceptional pastoral care demonstrates a Christian presence to pupils throughout the school day and beyond. Each pupil is welcomed personally at the start of the day by house managers and senior staff. Most pupils regard faith as a natural part of life and confidently express their views about spiritual matters.

It is a place where young people will learn:

  • That academic and co-curricular achievements are recognised and rewarded with equal merit
  • That their personal commitment to volunteering in their community makes a long lasting and positive difference to the lives of others and their own
  • To build positive relationships within the academy and wider community based on trust, fairness, tolerance and mutual respect
  • To approach unfamiliar situations with courage and forethought
  • To be confident citizens capable of engaging in conversation with anyone and everyone

Malcolm Arnold Academy has a calm, warm and welcoming atmosphere that helps each and every student grow in confidence. Our pastoral system, led by our dedicated and caring staff, is at the heart of support for each student, and we aim to help everyone studying and working at the academy to build good relationships.

At Malcolm Arnold Academy, we seek to broaden the horizons of each and every one of our students, helping them to achieve at the highest level both academically and in their talents outside the classroom. Our curriculum is rich in powerful knowledge, supporting students to reach their academic potential.

Our academy takes its name from the legendary composer Sir Malcolm Arnold. Born in Northampton 1921, he was one of the towering figures in 20th-century classical music. Malcolm Arnold wrote some of the finest film scores ever composed and his music has been performed and recorded by leading orchestras nationally and internationally. His work in musical education has been impressive; including helping establish the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. 

Our Team

Senior Leadership Team

Mrs M Morris Executive Principal

Mrs L Nussey Senior Vice Principal (Standards, Scholarly Life & Sixth Form)

Mrs C Humphries Vice Principal (Safeguarding & Student Welfare)

Ms S Richardson Vice Principal (Curriculum)

Mrs L Robinson Assistant Principal  (Achievement & Outcomes)

Mr J Cooper Assistant Principal (Teaching & Learning)

Mrs M Crabtree Assistant Principal  (Provision)

Mrs S Mackness Assistant Principal (Exams, Assessment, Reporting, Careers & Destinations) 

Mr Sheppard Assistant Principal (Culture, Behaviour, Pastoral)

Mrs P Smith Director of Inclusion

Mr R Jardine Wight Academy Operations Manager 

Heads of Subject

Mrs K Mair English

Mrs J Thrippleton Maths

Ms C Heffernan Science

Mr B Keech History

Mr R Jones Geography

Ms S Kaddour French

Ms D Abkey RE

Mr J Browne Art and Design, Design and Technology

Mrs S Mackness Careers

Miss C Whelan Heath and Social Care

Mr K Perkins PE

Pastoral Team

Miss B Potterton Head of Year 7

Miss S Mcfarlane Manager of Prelude

Miss D Church Pastoral Assistant

Miss E Harris Pastoral Assistant

Miss L Marsland Pastoral Assistant

Miss F Nunley Pastoral Assistant (KS5)

Mr L Prestige Pastoral Assistant (KS5)

Behaviour support manager

Miss A Robinson

Year Group Structures



Assistant Principal: Matthew Sheppard (Culture, Behaviour, Pastoral)



Year Group


Pastoral Leader


Student Welfare Leader


SLT Year Group Link



Year Group Email


Year 7


Ms A McMurtey

Ms B Potteron

Mr D Wheller

Assistant Principal


Year 8


Ms S  Mayes

Ms B  Potterton

Mr J Cooper

Assistant Principal


Year 9


Ms E  Harris

Ms A Robinson

Mr M Sheppard

Assistant Principal


Year 10


Ms D  Church

Ms A Robinson

Mrs L Robinson

Assistant Principal


Year 11


Ms L  Marsland

Ms A Robinson

Ms S Richardson

Vice Principal


Year 12


Ms F Nunnley


Mrs  L Nussey

Senior Vice Principal


Year 13


Ms F Nunnley


Mrs L Nussey

Senior Vice Principal





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