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  • Marling School
    Cainscross Road
    GL5 4HE
  • Head: Dr Stuart Wilson BSc PhD
  • T 01453 762251
  • F 01453 756011
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Gloucestershire
  • Pupils: 969; sixth formers: 283
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 13th November 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 9th December 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Proud to be a boys’ grammar in a world where both are increasingly rare. It certainly looks and feels like a good old-fashioned grammar school 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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What the school says...

Marling School is an 11-18 selective boy's grammar school, 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 young men 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 boys 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 of principles taking an interest in the world around them.

Converted to an academy 2011.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Psychology at an English Grammar School (GCSE)

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2010, Dr Stuart Wilson PhD (50s). Brought up on the south coast, he took a first 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 where it lay. What a transformation has been wrought in five years: Dr Wilson is determined...

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