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Marlborough College
  • Marlborough College
    SN8 1PA
  • Head: Louise Moelwyn-Hughes
  • T 01672 892300
  • F 01672 892307
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • Marlborough College is an English independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 13 to 19 in Marlborough, Wiltshire. It was founded in 1843 for the sons of Church of England clergy and now educates over 900 pupils.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Wiltshire
  • Pupils: 1006; sixth formers: 435
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £33,120; Boarding £38,955 pa
  • Open days: Individual campus tours and more in-depth virtual visits
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

The college may have been co-ed for nearly 50 years, but on the sports field rugby is still king. Four England captains and 38 internationals is indeed a noble heritage. There’s a real energy and buzz at Marlborough; you can feel it. Pupils are busy, busy, busy. It’s no surprise that we filled an entire notebook and ran out of ink during our visit to Marlborough; there’s so much on offer beyond the academic timetable. Lest we also deplete our stock of superlatives, suffice it to say that…

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What the school says...

Founded in 1843, and situated in one of the most attractive market towns in the country, Marlborough College is a large coeducational full boarding school for pupils aged between thirteen and eighteen. It is a remarkable place in an evocative and unique setting, and it enjoys the advantages of being within easy reach of London and indeed many other parts of the country. It promotes great breadth in learning and the small size of the classes ensures that each child is well cared for. Academic excellence is matched by outstanding co -curricular provision and all pupils become involved in a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. The quality of the education received outside the classroom is matched by the pastoral care given by the house system, which emphasizes the importance of rigor, respect and responsibility. ...Read more

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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.





What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2018, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes (40s), previously head of St Edmund's School in Canterbury. Was senior deputy head of The Perse in Cambridge, and has already spent 13 years in various roles from year head to housemistress at Marlborough. Educated at Methodist College, Belfast and read classics at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Now immediately dismiss the picture you’ve formed, because she’s far from the Cambridge to public school head you’re imagining. Still has the accent from her humble but bookish Belfast background, and says she didn’t really know what Cambridge was when a teacher suggested that her schoolgirl love of ancient Greek could be a ticket there. Two young children are currently curbing her hobbies of squash, running, walking and reading.


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Special Education Needs

Children with mild special educational needs can enjoy successful careers at the college, and allowances are made when such children undertake the Assessment test. However, Marlborough is not an appropriate school for children with moderate to severe difficulties. There is a Learning Support Centre staffed by three full time SPLD trained members of staff, which at present caters for over 100 pupils with differing needs. A wide range of Learning difficulties are addressed from problems with spelling, reading and writing, to personal organisation and other study skills. The aim is to enable pupils to access the wider curriculum, as well as meeting their specific individual requirements. 10-09

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