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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.


Special educational needs and disability (SEND)

The Malcolm Arnold Academy Achievement Centre (MAAC) faculty is both an educational and pastoral provision with a wide range of expertise and knowledge to enable us to consider the whole child, nothing in isolation.

The ethos of the faculty is making sure we have the ability to tailor to student need to ensure inclusion and engagement. All decisions taken are student-centred and aspirational and focusing on outcomes. The MAAC faculty is a proactive team, tailoring to the student including working closely with the wider community. A big focus is on making the students as independent as possible for life after school and culturally we encourage this to remove all ‘learned helplessness’.

The academy also hosts, the Designated Special Provision (DSP), Hearing Impaired, at Malcolm Arnold Academy (MAA) provides 14 places with a moderate, severe or profound permanent bilateral hearing loss.

The SEND Information at MAA is described in the document on the left-hand side of the page.

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is: Ashley Thomson
Our Governor with responsibility for SEND is: Susan Deane

We are committed to narrowing the attainment gap between SEND and non-SEND students. At the core of our work in the MAAC faculty is having the ability to tailor to student need to ensure inclusion and engagement. We believe in working closely with parents to enable us to have positive outcomes for the students. Our focus is on outcomes and raising aspirations.

If your child has a disability and you would like to know more about what we offer at Malcolm Arnold Academy contact us on 01604 778075 or email us at  

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