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Marlborough College

School Name: Marlborough College
Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1PA, United Kingdom
Founded Year: 1843
Religion: Church of England
Motto: Deus Dat Incrementum (1 Corinthians 3:6:"God Gives The Increase")
Type: Co-ed
Boarding Age: 13-18
Year Group: Year 8 - Year 13
No. of Students: 890
No. of Boarders: 890
School Facilities:
  • The College has a sports hall complex and gymnasium. This includes a fitness room, teaching rooms, and a fencing salle. There are indoor cricket nets and facilities for a range of sports including indoor tennis, netball, basketball, volleyball and badminton.
  • A 25 metre, competition, indoor swimming pool was opened in 2003. This has eight lanes and a hydraulic bottom which alters the depth from 0.8 to 3 metres making it equally ideal for squad training, water polo, sub aqua, canoeing or recreational swimming.
  • Indoor facilities also include 2 rackets courts, 5 squash courts and 6 fives courts.
Entry Requirement:

Entrance assessment- English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning Test; and Interview

Sixth Form Entry Requirement:
On a minimum of six GCSE’s at A*-B grades (or equivalent qualifi cations) and candidates are expected to achieve grades A or A* in subjects that they wish to study at A Level or IB. Candidates will need a minimum of a C Grade in both English and Mathematics.
Extracurricular Activities:

Contact Details
Director of Admissions:
Niall Hamilton
Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1PA, United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1672 892300

The School

  • The college is built beside the Mound. This was used as the motte of a castle. No remains of the castle can be seen today. It is generally accepted that the Mound is actually of much more ancient construction and possibly a similar feature to Silbury Hill.
  • Marlborough is an academically selective school but we do not believe in selection upon academic criteria alone. The School's co-educational boarding nature offers wonderful opportunities to young people but also makes certain demands: readiness to live as a boarder within a tightknit community is key to prospects of success. The School also recognises the central value of Art, Drama, Music, Service and Sport and look to encourage enthusiasm for these fields. The School looks for pupils who are prepared to make the most of the opportunities on offer at Marlborough.
  • The Good Schools Guide (UK) described Marlborough as a "Famous, designer label, co-ed boarding school still riding high.


  • Please contact the Admission Offi ce directly by email, by post or visit the School website for latest information.

Boarding Houses

  • The greatest strengths of the school spring from the quality of the human relationships throughout the community and the sense of companionship that these engender. The full boarding environment encourages a fi rm sense of community and helps to develop friendships that will be sustained and be sustaining in life beyond the College.
  • The School's fifteen Houses provide an unrivalled system of pastoral care, which seeks to promote individual and academic confi dence. Marlburians come to appreciate the creative tension between independence and interdependence and they do so with dynamic effervescence and a palpable sense of fun.

GCSE Subjects

  • Art, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classic, Design and Technology, Economics, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern languages, Physics, Science school, Music, Theology

GCE AL Subject Choice

  • Art, business studies, classical civilisation, design and technology, drama and theatre studies, economics, English literature, geography, Greek, history, history of art, key skills, Latin, mathematics, modern languages (French, German, Spanish), music, music technology, physical education, politics and the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics)

IB Diploma Program

  • The philosophy of the IB emphasises high academic standards. At the heart of the IB Diploma lies the Learner Profi le. This sets out the key attributes which the programme seeks to develop. These mirror the College's ambition to develop fully the potential of all its pupils, and to instil a love of learning for its own sake.
  • Academic excellence is coupled with an emphasis on personal development. The IB supports the philosophy of a rounded education and the development of the whole person, rather than a narrow focus on the academic alone. To achieve this, students are encouraged to refl ect upon both their academic subjects and their personal development. Students are required to demonstrate initiative, independence and organisation.

2012/13 Boarding Fees# (GBP£) Per Term (3 Terms Per Year)


Remark: #Inclusive of tuition fees but exclusive of miscellaneous fees, such as uniform, extracurricular activities

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