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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.

Enrichment, Rewards & Character Development

At Malcolm Arnold Academy we are privileged to receive support from a number of prestigious educational partners.

Enrichment Offer

At Malcolm Arnold Academy we pride ourselves on having an extensive enrichment programme, which includes:  

  1. A diverse and full enrichment timetable offering a range of activities for our students to participate in across the school week.  
  2. Our MAA Creeds, a set of core values, developed by our school creed captains and prefects that the school strive to model in their daily lives. These are Wisdom, Determination, Resilience and Diligence  
  3. A rewards package that allows students to gain achievement points throughout the school day, which then leads to end of term rewards for reaching our Step 1, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum status.  
  4. Ambassadors who represent the school across areas such as sport, cultural arts, charities, eco-schools, health and well-being as well as faith and culture.  
  5. Creed competitions that give our students the opportunity to represent their creed group to gain achievement points for the end of term rewards.  
  6. A wide range of sporting opportunities both through the attendance of clubs, local league and cup fixtures, as well as a range of termly DRET organised events where our students can represent MAA against other academies within the trust. 

Please see the attached documents that provide more details on enrichment at Malcolm Arnold Academy:

 Enrichment timetable Rewards chart Inclusion timetable                                    MAA Creeds summary Ambassadors PPT

Ambassadors Newsletter May 2022

Courageous Advocacy 

When using the term ‘courageous advocacy’ we are referring to the act of speaking out against an issue of injustice, often on behalf of those whose voice is not heard. Speaking out, at whatever level this takes place, requires an element (and sometimes a great deal) of courage.

At MAA, our distinctive Christian vision ensures all children and adults flourish because:

· we lead through service; being connected and committed to our educational mission

· we are educating for life in all its fullness (John 10.10)

· we are educating to do good, seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34.14)

· we include, invite and inspire those of all faiths and none by living our values and serving the common good, together.

Becoming a courageous advocate for change, therefore, must involve being informed about an issue and it must move beyond simply knowing, to saying and doing. Educating for courageous advocacy must embody an ethos of action-taking, challenging injustice and becoming agents of change in the transformation of ourselves, our relationships and our communities from the local level to the global.

Here a a few of the events that have taken place this academic year


Art ambassadors

- Tiles of Hope Competition - a photography competition capturing an area or place that gives you hope


Sports ambassadors

- contributed towards the sports enrichment programme

- completed Q&A with elite athletes for MAA events

- supported fundraising events through organisation of sporting events within the academy


Eco-schools ambassadors

- contributed towards the schools Bronze status

- completed an environmental review of the academy

- have organised house competitions to raise awareness


Faith and Culture Ambassadors

- culture week to raise awareness of different faiths and cultures

- contribute to Collective Worship

- support subjects and Subject Leaders to deliver faith and culture activities in lessons


Year 10 - whole school litter pick


Royal and Derngate Theatre

The Royal and Derngate Theatre is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northampton.

The theatre company provides a wide variety of bespoke projects, workshops and opportunities for our students. Projects are aimed at improving performance, and social and personal skills, to young people of all ages and abilities.

Young Voices

Young Voices is the largest school choir organiser in the world and currently organises over 14 capacity concerts in the UK and Ireland’s leading arenas.

Young Voices allows our students to develop their talents, work together and build their confidence.

Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music trains gifted musicians from all over the world for careers as performers, conductors and composers.

Our work with their RCM Sparks programme offers our music students a range of inspirational learning experiences through bespoke projects.

Clare College Cambridge

Clare College is one of Cambridge University’s oldest colleges and boasts an outstanding reputation for music teaching.

The academy works with Clare College to raise aspirations amongst students and encourage pupils from all backgrounds to aim for the best in higher education.

As a David Ross Education Trust (DRET) academy we believe that enrichment can help to raise academic standards, enhance performance and teach life skills that will equip our students for an ever-changing world.

Secondary enrichment 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.

What sort of skills does enrichment teach?

  • Determination to succeed
  • Teamwork
  • Winning and losing with grace
  • Respect for others
  • Tolerance
  • Confidence in yourself
  • A sense of fun and enjoyment
  • Creativity
  • Focus and attitude
  • Health benefits

Academies across the Trust are encouraged to work collaboratively to make the most of the opportunities on offer and Malcolm Arnold Academy regularly participates in these activities.

In addition to our own partners, the Trust has partnerships with a number of organisations that work with us to provide opportunities in music, drama, art and other cultural pursuits. These activities and events are designed to enhance academic studies and to provide opportunities that many students may not otherwise have access to.

Some of the partners that we have worked with include the Shakespeare Schools Festival, The Kalisher Trust, the University of Nottingham, the Outward Bound Trust and Lincoln Castle, to name a few.


For further information about the enrichment opportunities that are on offer please contact:

Sport: Daniel Wheller and Shane Ward 
Cultural: Daniel Wheller 

To contact us please call head office:
01476 566 801