Marlborough Location







Northern England



Founded in 1843 for the education of the sons of Church of England clergy, the school now accepts both boys and girls of all beliefs. Currently there are just over 800 pupils, approximately one third of whom are female. New pupils are admitted at the ages of 13+ ("Shell entry") and 16 (Lower Sixth). 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; indeed, it is potentially one of the oldest constructions in Europe. Pupils are assigned to one of the Houses on entering the school. This is where they live and make their home while at school.

Unique Points

Marlborough was, in 1968, the first major British independent school to allow girls into the sixth form. The College has also been pioneering in other fields, making a major contribution to the School Mathematics Project (from 1961) and initiating the teaching of Business Studies at A-level (from 1968). Fagging was officially abolished in the 1920s. The Good Schools Guide described Marlborough as a "Famous, designer label, co-ed boarding school still riding high." The college opened a sister school in southern Malaysia in late 2012, being located approximately 50 km from central Singapore.

Entry Requirements

For 13 plus there is an assessment day, comprising a test for potential (taken on a computer), an interview with the candidate's proposed Housemaster or Housemistress, an interview with a general assessor and a report from the current school Head. Approximately eighteen months prior to entry, as a result of assessment, places will be offered subject to passing Common Entrance. For 16 plus entrance is by examination.

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