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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 18 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: 1,010; sixth formers: 447
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Boarding £46,995 pa
  • Open days: September, October, April, May and June
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

There’s so much on offer beyond the academic timetable that it’s hard to know where to start. ‘This is a very busy place,’ says the deputy head (co-curriculum and outreach). Superb facilities and inspirational specialist teaching mean that every pupil, no matter what their prowess, gets involved in sports and the arts. Wise advice from year 11 pupils – known as ‘the Hundred’ – is to ‘get stuck into as much as you can while you’re here...’

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What the school says...

Founded in 1843 and set in a beautiful location steeped in history, Marlborough College is the largest co-educational independent full boarding school in the UK with over 1000 pupils, aged 13 to 18. The College is academically ambitious, committed to extending access, and offers a fast-paced, contemporary, challenging and enriching education within a warm, inclusive and spiritual environment. More than 80% of our pupils gain places at Russell Group Universities or Oxbridge, our sports teams regularly reach the latter stages of national competitions, our Symphony Orchestra plays in partnership with the Southbank Sinfonia and our artists exhibit in the Mount House Gallery. The pastoral care delivered through our 16 boarding houses is unrivalled, ensuring each child is known and cared for individually. Full boarding fosters independence and interdependence and our pupils form friendships for life and develop the social and leadership skills needed to flourish in adulthood. ...Read more

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Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2018, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes MA, previously head of St Edmund’s School in Canterbury. She grew up on a council estate in Northern Ireland and at 11 was awarded a place at Methodist College in Belfast, known to locals as Methody, one of Northern Ireland’s leading grammar schools. ‘My parents couldn’t afford the bus fare but my county stepped in and gave me a bus pass,’ she recalls. She began studying ancient Greek at 12 and loved reading and translating so much that in the sixth form her teacher stopped her in the corridor and said she should apply to Cambridge. ‘How do I do that?’ she asked. He wrote three colleges on a scrap of paper and she chose Magdalene College because she liked the name. Her father drove her to Cambridge for her...

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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 five 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

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia 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 Y
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
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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