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Proud to be a grammar in a world where they are increasingly rare. It certainly looks and feels like a good old-fashioned one, with its beautiful darkly panelled vaulted school hall, portraits and parquet as standard. The cloister - the quaintest and most charming example of redundant school architecture we had ever seen (useful when it rains) - links the two original buildings, good solid Victorian monoliths as they are. Elsewhere some stunning modern building adds contemporary counterpoint...

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Marling School is a selective boy's grammar school with a coeducational sixth form, set in the Cotswold town of Stroud.

The official motto of the School is 'Abeunt Studia in Mores' which may be freely translated as 'Let us go forward through study to character'.

The School's second motto, carved over the main entrance, is 'Nulli Praeda Sumus' translated as 'We are no-one's prey' or more freely 'No one shall take advantage of us'. This reflects our main justification for selection, since the School has a long history of preparing students of modest social background so that they are able to achieve at the highest level.

We combine the spirit of these two mottos in our vision for the school which is that Marling students should learn to be independent thinkers who take responsibility for their learning and their success, who believe in freedom and equality and join society as men and women of principles taking an interest in the world around them.

Converted to an academy 2011.
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Since 2010, Dr Stuart Wilson PhD (50s). An upper second in geology from Bristol, staying on to do a PhD, then worked as an engineering geologist for a few years before coming to the realisation that ‘nothing I had worked on had ever been built’ and being inspired by spending a day shadowing teacher friends. He loved GCSE science teaching but his move to Cleeve School in Cheltenham provided A level experience and the requisite senior management roles before his appointment to Marling. That time fell in a low point in the school’s fortunes, and part of the appeal of the job was to drag it out of the stagnant waters. ‘He has reinvigorated and reshaped the school,’ said one father.

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