On behalf of the children, staff and governors, I am proud to welcome you to Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School, the first Free school to open as part of the David Ross Education Trust (DRET).
Our school opened in September 2014 and we now have two Reception classes and two year One classes and are temporarily located in a specialist Early Years and primary space within Malcolm Arnold Academy. We are fortunate to be able to 'grow' naturally as we opened with just Reception children and their very supportive and complimentary families with whom we have already grown a ‘school community’. Our brand new, purpose-built primary school will be ready to open in September 2016 on a site within the Malcolm Arnold Campus. This is an exciting time to be part of our school’s development and the journey we will continue as we grow in pupil numbers each year.
Our school motto is ‘Reaching for the moon’, (in Latin: summa celse tentanda) and we encourage all children to aim high and achieve their personal best in all that they do. We believe feedback is a vital component in this and we ensure children receive personalised feedback to help them develop and flourish in all areas of school life.
DRET’s motto is ‘Broadening Horizons’; we will deliver this through offering an exciting range of curricular and co-curricular opportunities in sports, the arts, languages and more! We are fortunate to be able to access the specialist teaching and provision from Malcolm Arnold Academy to enhance what we can already offer.
Malcolm Arnold Prepratory School aims to combine the best of the state and private sectors; we have links with our partner school, Sussex House, in London and will model the best practice from the independent sector.
Our school has strong links with the Diocese of Peterborough and is a Church of England school which is fully supportive of the Christian faith. However, our school values system transcends religion and we are fully inclusive of all faiths and none. We will make links with the local Holy Trinity church for Christian festivals, and we will also teach and celebrate the festivals of other religions as appropriate to our school community. Children are taught RE as per the Northamptonshire locally agreed syllabus and collective worship happens daily which is ‘broadly Christian in context’ (parents have the right to withdraw their child for some or all of RE and worship)
We will be holding open events in early November 2015 for prospective Reception parents for September 2016 entry, please call Miss Carter in the school office for more information.
I look forward to welcoming you and your child to our wonderful school where you can see for yourself children reaching for the moon.
Miss Marie Lally