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Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School

Malcolm Arnold Prep is committed to ensuring every pupil excels both inside and the classroom and later on in their lives.

“Broadening horizons and growing passions; learning together to shape our community.”
"Please send them on their way in a manner that honours God.”
3 John 1:6

Academy Information

Broadening horizons, reaching for the moon!

We are a new state-funded primary preparatory school, which opened in September 2014 for reception pupils.

In September 2016 we moved into our brand new, purpose-built school building, which is located on the Malcolm Arnold Academy Campus. To keep up to date with everything going on in our school, please contact the office or follow us on Twitter @MAPrepSchool

Our school is committed to ensuring that our children not only excel in the classroom, but also gain the skills and passions to enable them to be successful long into their futures.

We focus on positive behaviour management systems and promote the values we would like our children to embody through our MAPS Code of Conduct.

Our code is simple and well-understood, even by Reception children:

  • Make kind choices
  • Aim high; seek new challenges
  • Persevere; always try your best
  • Show respect and good manners

As we share a campus with Malcolm Arnold Academy this allows for a very easy transition. We have established a peer mentoring scheme with Malcolm Arnold by which older pupils at secondary school work as Peer Mentors for pupils in the Prep.  The emphasis of this is to promote good attendance, taking ownership of learning and a positive attitude to the school community. This also ensures that when pupils transfer to Secondary School they already know of some of the expectations upon them.

We are a Church of England School



Our Vision

Broadening horizons and growing passions; learning together to shape our community.

…Please send them on their way in a manner that honours God.

3 John 1:6

Underpinned by The Parable of the Talents

Our House System

At the core of the pastoral heart of the school is our house system.

We have four houses all named after explorers to tie in with MAPS and our philosophies of 'Broadening Horizons' and 'Reaching for the Moon'.

Our four house teams are:

  • MacArthur
  • Armstrong
  • Piccard
  • Scott

The children are organised into these houses in Reception and stay in the same house throughout their time at the Prep school. We ensure siblings are placed into the same house to foster the sense of belonging to a school and family community. Children join together in houses for a range of activities and competitions; from snack-time to sports day.

A typical day at our Academy

  • School starts (8.30am)
  • Gates close & Registration (8:40am)
  • Read, write, Inc phonics (KS1) or Talk for Reading (KS2)
  • Talk for Writing
  • Playtime (10.35am-10.50am)
  • Mastery Maths
  • Lunch & play
  • Curriculum subjects, to include PE
  • Home-time (3.30pm)
  • In Reception, the children complete taught sessions as well as independent learning times which secure the skills and learning they are focusing on for that week
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