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On their first day all pupils are taken for a walk on the glorious Malvern Hills immediately behind the school so that they get to know the landscape (and elements) that will define their next five years. ‘Our job is to find, develop and value our pupils’ talents. We don’t want them to be constrained by things they think they can’t do,’ the head told us. Parents agree that pupils are stretched and challenged – ‘Tutors are very good at picking up slackers,’ said one … The cricket pitch is right at the centre of the school campus and that tells you all you need to know about…

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Malvern College is one of England's great public schools, located in a glorious setting on the slopes of the Malvern Hills. The school has a rich and distinguished history, yet we look to the future in seeking to develop outstanding young people with the skills, resilience and initiative to flourish.

Malvern has a strong academic focus, with an enrichment programme that stimulates intellectual curiosity and academic breadth beyond the confines of exam criteria. This sits alongside a diverse co-curricular programme that promotes all-round personal development and a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Committed to the wellbeing of each individual, our staff encourage pupils to be independent, take calculated risks, and adopt the ethos of service to others that underpins the school. We are known for excellent pastoral care and this is the foundation on which excellence in all other areas is built: in pupils’ academic and co-curricular achievements, and also simply in their interactions with those around them and the way that they approach the world with confidence.

On meeting a Malvernian, you will find that typically this confidence translates into an optimism and openness to welcome newcomers warmly, something that I very much hope you will experience for yourself when you visit.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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Since 2019, Keith Metcalfe, previously deputy head at Harrow. He’s a local lad – educated at Monmouth School from where he went to Downing College, Cambridge and took a degree in geography, ‘the most broad-ranging subject’, and a blue in golf. After graduating he worked for Christians in Sport where he discovered that he ‘really liked working with young people’, and so completed a PGCE in Oxford. Joined the geography department at Harrow in 2000. He is married to Clare, a photographer and primary school teacher, and they have three young children, two at The Downs, Malvern College’s prep, and one at the college. ‘I wanted to lead the kind of school I would like my own children to attend.’

This is Mr Metcalfe’s first headship and the disruption of Covid...

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Special Education Needs

Malvern College has a Learning Support Department with seven part time, qualified, and experienced members of staff. We offer one to one support with literacy, numeracy and study skills to pupils with a predominantly mild specific learning difficulty. The Department screens pupils for specific difficulties on entry and offers to design an individual programme to meet an individual's needs through one to one tuition for an additional charge. A period of diagnostic teaching follows and may result in a referral to a visiting educational psychologist for a full assessment. A pupil may receive a regular lesson once a week, attend a short block of lessons or, in the Sixth Form, attend as and when required. The Department writes an annual Individual Educational Plan for each pupil that is made available to all teaching staff and is reviewed with parents at Parents Days. The Department is continually seeking to develop links with the teaching staff and offers internal training/advice. Where appropriate, arrangements are made for special access arrangements in public exams, such as additional time, rest breaks and word processing. The facilities are excellent and a warm, positive attitude is fostered. We offer a 'drop in facility' for pupils for private study with access to the school networked computer system, a printer and additional resources to help a pupil fully access the curriculum in their preferred learning style. We currently have three computers and are able to access a pupil's work and offer help with drafting and presentation.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty Y
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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