Basic Information & Location
Marlborough College is an independent boarding and day school in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. Founded in 1843 for the sons of Church of England clergy, it is now co-educatiol.
Marlborough’s vision is to foster excellence through teaching and learning, promoting the strongest possible educational values. Marlburians develop into responsible and confident young adults with the skills to make a difference in whatever they choose to do.
Marlborough offers numerous opportunities for everyone, including A levels, the IB and Pre-U. Twenty-four subjects are on offer at A level, with most popular being languages, business, classical civilisation, DT, politics and astronomy. Around one in nine students need some kind of learning support and this is offered to them by the three full-time SEN staff members. Careers and university guidance have been upgraded and moved to the centre of the College. Around three-quarters take a gap year. Each year, between 15 and 20 students make it to Oxbridge.
Boarding / Pastoral Care
Marlborough College is a full boarding school, although a very few local day students also attend it. There are fifteen boarding houses – six for boys, five for girls and four that are mixed. Pupils change rooms each term and they cannot choose roommates which helps in preventing exclusiveness. Most of the parents consider that entering the right house is of vital importance, which is why it is allowed to visit, ask questions and make sure that it feels right.
The School’s most popular facility is the 25 metres long swimming pool, with an adjustable floor which can be either sloping or deep for diving. Students are successful in both individual and team sports. Among the most popular are fives, lacrosse, rugby, netball, hockey and football. Art is a serious matter at Marlborough, with great tradition in the history of art that is culturally and intellectually central to the School’s ethos. Music facilities are wonderful, with everyone being involved in some kind of music and learning an instrument or two. Concerts are held in and out of the College and drama performance is outstanding, with many productions, form a York mystery play to The Seagull and A Winter’s Tale.