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.

Why Study Post 16

We believe that the overwhelming majority of young people will benefit greatly from continuing their education to 18 in Sixth Form.

Academic progress monitoring

At the heart of our learning community is monitoring the academic progress of sixth form students.

Parents will be receive regular reports regarding students’ academic performance and attitude to learning. We have a rigorous system of academic support if a student is struggling in a particular subject. Through a series of measures, we strive to enable these students to get back on track with their learning. Academic guidance measures include; progress reports, tutor and teacher mentoring, supervised study sessions, and parental meetings. We place a high value on supporting students to fulfil their academic potential.

Learning resources

The Sixth Form Centre provides two independent learning spaces to support students with their learning when they are not in formal lessons.

The main sixth form area provides space for collaborative learning where students can work together, while the ‘quiet study’ is a room for silent independent learning.

Independent learning

Independent learning spaces are provided solely for the use of Sixth Formers, to support students with their learning when they are not in formal lessons. Additionally, we offer a bespoke programme of tutorials, assemblies and mentoring to enable students to enhance and develop independent learning skills.

These skills are crucial in facilitating academic success. Topics will cover personal organisation, time management, preparing for exams and effective revision strategies. 

Careers guidance

Careers guidance is tailored to the different aspirations of our students which range from preparing students for university to offer important information and guidance about apprenticeships and further training or education alternatives.

Pastoral Support

Strong pastoral support is at the heart of our Sixth Form community.

Tutors act as the first point of contact regarding personal or academic issues. A programme of personal and economic development is delivered in two weekly tutorial sessions to help students with the development of essential life skills. The tutor mentoring programme facilitates a regular one to one meetings between students and their tutors. This offers opportunities for individualised learning guidance. In addition, the Sixth Form Pastoral Manager is available for students to discuss any social or emotional issues which may affect their personal wellbeing.