It is a public school in the British sense of the term and is a member of the Rugby Group and of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Since its foundation in 1865, it has remained on the same grounds which are located near the town centre of Great Malvern. The campus, currently covering 250 acres, is set against the backdrop of the Malvern Hills. An Ofsted report, following an October 2010 inspection, rated the school's services against specific criteria and assigned an overall quality rating of Grade 1 (outstanding). While academic success is considered important, emphasis is also placed on the all-round development of the individual rather than on academic results alone. In the Sixth Form, courses are offered at A-level in 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). Further courses are available at IB level and special arrangements are sometimes made for other courses upon request.
Among the alumni of the College are at least two Commonwealth Prime Ministers, two Nobel Laureates (five Nobel Prizes including prep school alumni), an Olympic Gold medalist and many other notable persons from different walks of life including science, law, the military, business, politics, literature and sports. The novelist C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, is a former pupil of the school. In September 2012 the College opened its first international school, Malvern College Qingdao, in Qingdao, China.
For entry at 13+ we recommend that you register your child a minimum of two years ahead of the proposed term of entry. Prospective pupils are expected to visit the school and there are three methods of entry:
• 13+ Common Entrance (CE)
Examination taken in June of the year of entry.
• Malvern College Entrance Tests taken in January/February in the year of entry. This is for pupils who have not been prepared for CE. Candidates will be tested in Science, Mathematics and English.
• The Independent Schools Examination Board Common Academic Scholarship taken at the school in February of the year of entry.