The David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust schools create a rich and exciting learning environment that inspires students to become their confident, academic best.

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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.


Our Governors

Malcolm Arnold Academy and Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School are governed by a Joint Academy Scrutiny Committee.

Our governors are:

  • Megan Morris
    Executive Principal
  • Jane Buggins
  • Jolen Grantham
    DRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
  • Genna Whitlock
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Anna Woroniecka
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Gwennie Lewis
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Sarah Wise
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Kim Duff
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Natalie O'Donnell
    Parent Governor
  • Kate Adams
    Foundation Governor
  • Lauren Pheasant
    Staff Governor
  • Teresa Elkin


Governor Assigned Responsibilities


RE, Chaplaincy, Religious Identity and Culture - Kate Adams 

Personal Development - Anna Woroniecka

EDI - Anna Woroniecka

Educational Experiences - Anna Woroniecka

Use of Additional Funds - Genna Whitlock

Behaviour and Attitudes (MAA) - Natalie O’Donnell

Behaviour and Attitudes (MAPS) - Jolen Grantham 

SEND (MAA) - Natalie O’Donnell

SEND (MAPS) - Jolen Grantham 

Effective Safeguarding (MAA) - Gwennie Lewis 

Effective Safeguarding (MAPS) - Kate Adams 

Attendance (MAA) - Gwennie Lewis 

Attendance (MAPS) - Kate Adams 

Secondary Curriculum Including Literacy and Sixth Form - Kim Duff 

Primary Curriculum Including Reading and Early Years - Sarah Wise 

Parent Experience (MAPS) Natalie O’Donnell

Workload and Wellbeing (MAPS) - Lauren Pheasant

Contacting a Governor

To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing

If you are looking to contact a Governor to make a complaint or share a concern, please note that as per our Complaints Policy, governors do not investigate complaints at Stage 1 or Stage 2.  This enables them to be impartial should a complaint be escalated to a Stage 3 governor panel. If you wish to make a complaint, please complete this form and your complaint will be investigated accordingly.

Scheme of Delegation

Information about the David Ross Education Trust's scheme of delegation is available here.

Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee

Should you wish to view a copy of the minutes of the ASC at this academy, please contact the Trust Governance Team, who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.

Are you interested in becoming an academy governor?

We are looking for new governors to support our academies. Our governors work closely with their academies to support the Trust’s goal of broadening the horizons of young people through a world-class education, equipping our students with the skills and experiences to become their confident, academic best, no matter what.

If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving education and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our governor application form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at or review our information pack below. 

governor recruitment booklet summer 2023.pdf


What is it like being a governor with DRET?

To understand what it is like to be a governor with us, take a look at our testimonial booklet and videos which contain insights from serving governors.

governor testimonial booklet.pdf


 Emma Bennett 

Angela Watts 

Stephen Platten 

Garry Allen 

What training do Governors receive?

We offer an extensive range of training opportunities. Take a look at what is on offer for the current academic year. 

governor and trustee training programme 2023 24.pdf


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