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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.

Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form is a rapidly growing, dynamic, inspiring centre and we value every student, enabling them to aspire, achieve and progress.

Malcolm Arnold Academy Sixth Form is committed to achieving academic excellence combined with exceptional pastoral care.

We hope this site will help you to make an informed choice about where you wish to take the next important steps in your education and personal development.

The demands of the 21st century workplace make it vitally important that we equip our students with the skills and knowledge to be successful in a rapidly changing world. We strive to ensure that students have opportunities to broaden their horizons through the provision of an inclusive learning environment centred on values of mutual respect and equality.

Aims of the Sixth Form:


To promote self-reliance and autonomy, through the transition from consistent teacher supervised learning, towards greater independent and self-directed learning. This will require students becoming self-disciplined and resilient in learning.


To facilitate the pursuit of academic excellence in the sixth form. We will closely monitor student academic progress, and set high aspirations for every student to realise their potential and strive to be successful.


To embrace a sense of community and become active participants both within the academy community and in the world beyond. We will ensure that all students have the opportunity to engage in varied activities to strengthen employability and leadership skills.

Please visit the Sixth Form Results page for a full breakdown of our latest Key Stage 5 results.

Sixth Form Admissions:

We remain open to applications from any student who feels that they can fulfil our admissions criteria and would benefit from joining our Sixth Form.  Please contact the Academy in person at Visitors' Reception, or by phoning 01604 778000, or by emailing to request an application form.  This will be followed by an informal interview (with the applicant and parent/carer) to discuss subject choices and university and/or career plans.  Feel free to also use these points of contact if you have any further questions or queries.


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Alumni Success Stories

Chelsea Buswell

My time spent at Malcolm Arnold Academy was remarkable.  The school really did aid in me becoming the person I am today, through the education and qualifications I achieved, the outstanding support from staff and students and the unbelievable opportunities the school had to offer.  I achieved ten GCSEs A-C and then three A Levels A-C, as well as taking part in numerous extra-curricular activities.  My time in the mainstream school was clearly enjoyable as I chose to continue my studies here for A Levels in the Sixth Form.  This is where I truly believe one of the schools many strengths lie.  It is an incredible family-like environment to be a part of.  As a Sixth Former you are treated with great respect, as the adult you are becoming, you are at the top of the school and are looked up to as a role-model, and often called upon for various responsibilities to prove this, which are always great to to record on your CV/UCAS personal statement.  I became Head Girl in Year 13 and having this opportunity taught me an endless list of skills and qualities, ones that I carry with me for life.

The support from the Sixth Form Team goes above and beyond anything you would expect from a teacher.  You can always count on them to be there for you whatever it may be, both academic and personal problems, their door is always open, a chair is at their desk and they will always have tissues at hand.  I have nothing but praise and thanks to give to MAA; without the school, staff, and students I would not be where I am today. I have just completed a BA (hons) in Humanistic Counselling Practice, at the University of Nottingham and achieved a 2:1.  Throughout my degree course I have worked incredibly hard learning the theory and skills of counselling, as well as undergoing clinical placement working with children and young people.  I aspire to work with children and young people as a counsellor, supporting their emotional wellbeing.  I have chosen to continue my studies at the University of Northampton and am now studying an MSc in counselling children and young people.

For my placement element of my Masters, I have chosen to return to my roots and come back to MAA to work with the young people there.  I see this as my way of giving something back to the school that gave me so much.  I will always be thankful for my time at this school, and I hope every student that attends Malcolm Arnold Academy can enjoy it as much as I did, and I have no doubts whatsoever that you will.

Chelsea Buswell (class of 2016)

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