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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.


As you would expect from an academy with such a strong vision and commitment for broadening our students’ horizons, our curriculum nurtures and helps our students achieve at the highest level, both academically and in developing their talents outside the classroom.

Malcolm Arnold Academy offers a very strong foundation in all the core subjects and a wide range of option choices.

At Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9, all students follow a broad curriculum, with a strong focus on English and maths, alongside subjects including music, drama, art, design and technology, PE, ethics and philosophy, geography, history, French and science.

Throughout, our curriculum also focuses on developing numeracy and literacy skills, ICT skills, creative thinking, problem solving and team and group working.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum, studied in Y10 and Y11, allows students to personalise their learning and focus on those subjects best suited to their aptitude and abilities. Malcolm Arnold Academy offers a number of pathways which will cater to students’ individual needs, within the National Curriculum. Students choose their KS4 options for study during Year 9. Further information can be found in the KS4 Options booklet (published April 2016) 

At Key Stage 5, students who enter our sixth form can choose from a wide range of A-Level and BTec courses. Further information can be found on the Sixth Form pages of our website.

If you require any additional information about the curriculum at Malcolm Arnold Academy please contact us.


Our students also benefit from an additional and extensive enrichment programme that runs throughout the week after the school day ends. Here they can experience new sports and activities outside of their normal learning experience, supporting the development of their confidence, creativity and independence.

As a David Ross Education Trust (DRET) academy we believe that enrichment can help to enhance performance and teach life skills that will equip our students for an ever-changing world. Our enrichment programme is carefully selected to equip young people with additional experiences and skills that will not only give them a head start in their adult life but also enhance their CVs, applications and interviews in competitive careers and higher education markets. For more information please visit our enrichment page by clicking here.

Curriculum overviews

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Introducing 'Prep'

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David Ross Education Trust and British Values

The Trust is very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values, and preparing our students for success in a modern Britain.

A heavy reliance is placed upon broadening horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self esteem. These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted via our extensive house system that lends itself to cultural and sporting competition, democratic principles, social mixing, the development of greater pastoral care and enhanced PSHE.

Click here to find out more about British Values at our academy