Malbank School & Sixth Form College

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Malbank School & Sixth Form College's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Malbank School & Sixth Form College is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Jeannette Walker, head teacher
Providing outstanding opportunities for
teamwork and personal development
Malbank enjoys a distinctive ethos and long-standing
traditions. The school first opened its doors to pupils
in 1560. Although the school is proud of its 458-year
history, Malbank is a dynamic and forward-looking organisation
and innovative in its approach to learning and teaching. It is
a happy and high-achieving school, described by Ofsted as
providing a “spiritual, moral, social and cultural education
… rich and varied across the school”. Aiming to give all their
students the skills, knowledge and values to enable them to
lead happy and successful lives, head teacher Jeannette Walker
discusses the way the achievements of its pupils have had a
defining influence on Malbank.
At Malbank, we take pride in students’ achievements, both academically and
personally. Our motto “gaudeamus”, or “let us rejoice”, remains at the core of
our school business every day. We are a fully inclusive school that celebrates the
achievements of the whole child. We recognise that every individual has needs,
interests, talents and aspirations. Moreover, we believe that everyone has a
worthwhile contribution to make. We are keen to play our part in ensuring that
young people grow into responsible, self-confident citizens, who will thrive in all
aspects of their adult lives. We value our excellent relationships with parents and
guardians, while retaining strong links with local, national and internationalpartners.
We were delighted to be rated “good”’ in all areas by Ofsted in November 2015.
It’s always pleasing to hear that “pupils enjoy their learning, behaviour is positive,
pupils make good progress and are well cared for”. At Malbank, we put students
»Head teacher: Jeannette
»Founded in 1560, based on
the current site from 1912
»Based in Nantwich, Cheshire
»Type of school: Foundation
school – secondary
»No. of students: 1,085
»Malbank is a member of the
Chimney House Alliance
Malbank School &
Sixth Form College
Highlighting best practice
at the heart of everything we do. Our
Armistice service in November is a
prime example of how togetherness
is built within the Malbank school
community. All students from years 7
to 13 come together in the sports hall.
Then, the vicar of St Mary’s Nantwich,
the mayor, ex-servicemen and other
dignitaries join us as our fallen alumni
and fallen and injured servicemen
throughout history are remembered in
a moving service of music and images.
The silence following the Last Post is
always impeccably reserved.
Malbank students, staff and governors
recently helped in a world record
attempt to create the world’s biggest
christmas card. The project, organised
by the National Arboretum Memorial,
broke the Guinness record for the
most messages. The completed card
contained 20,000 Christmas wishes
and was delivered to Her Majesty’s
Armed Forces in recognition of their
continued service. The card, measuring
over two metres high and six metres
wide, was in school for the whole day
after close links were forged with the
National Arboretum. Malbank staff
and students managed to add over
1,150 signatures to thecard.
Coming together as a school is a
key feature of life at Malbank. Our
enrichment days provide opportunities
for learning beyond the classroom,
whether challenging the students
physically with adventure activities or
mentally with business and marketing
experiences. Sports day in the summer
term is a real community affair and
typical of our inclusive approach to
the curriculum. While the best in their
field compete for medals in track and
field, sight is never lost of collective
effort, with each victory or placement
in the race bringing points for their
house. Aspiring to do your best is
always encouraged in our students. We
often hear of former students going
on to compete at a very high level.
The recent Olympics in Rio, however,
surpassed our expectations, with three
former students representing Britain at
the games. Bryony Paige achieved an
Olympic silver in the trampolining, while
Henry Weir played in Great Britain’s
hockey team. Yana Radcliffe provided
analytical support to the bronze medal-
winning tae kwon do team.
We work to support students in every
step of their academic journey. Our
strategy of “playing the long game”
means that from the moment students
Remembering the fallen
of Malbank
Providing learning experiences
beyond the classroom
Our Armistice
is a prime
example of
is built within
the Malbank
enter year 7, they are encouraged
to work towards successes at GCSE
and Alevel. Improving literacy
and numeracy, through morning
registration activities, is one element
of a much wider plan. Every year,
each student receives a one-to-one
interview with the leadership team,
where progress is reviewed and
encouragement offered towards
goals. The SLT take it in turns to lead
assemblies intended to inspire and
motivate, building towards the end-of-
year exams for students in every year
group. In year 11, this is embodied in a
distinct identity for each year 11 pupil.
The students receive a wristband,
with the particular year group motto
– this year, “Aim High”. Progress
managers and the key stage team will
regularly refer to this message in their
assemblies, creating a shared drive
towards success in the external exams.
A recent restructuring of our school
day, which has given us a long
morning and three o’clock finish, has
provided time at the end of the day
to provide “Lesson 6” opportunities
to stretch and challenge top students
and to provide revision of knowledge.
In addition, our “Nightclub” provides
a structured learning environment
for those students who need a little
guidance with their out-of-hours
learning. A targeted cohort of
students attend every day for an hour,
between Monday and Thursday. On a
Wednesday afternoon, students from
years 11 to 13 experience OptionK, an
hour of the week reserved for student
choice. A menu of activities is available,
from new subjects such as law to
creative writing and recreationalsport.
If students prefer, they can use this
hour to push on with their learning in
“grabbing your grades”.
The sixth form also provides
personalised learning and community
opportunities. Each sixth former has a
personal study mentor to guide them
through the process of induction and
settling in to their A level courses,
through to job and UCAS guidance.
In the “free for all” programme, each
sixth former has to give something back
to the school community, giving up an
hour a fortnight to help out in lower
school lessons. So, 458 years after we
first opened our doors, we remain
resolute in our mission to educate
the whole child, and to create young
adults whom you would be proud to
work with and have as yourneighbour.
Every year, each
student receives
a one-to-one
with the
leadership team,
where progress
is reviewed and
Each sixth former gives
up an hour a fortnight
to help in lower school
Aspiring to do your best

This article was sponsored by Malbank School & Sixth Form College. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy