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Welcome to Marlborough College

It would be hard to imagine school life in a more beautiful place than Marlborough.  With a setting where the College melds the town with the countryside, it offers broad all-round opportunity. School days should be fun, a mixture of intellectual endeavour and a wide co-curricular programme.

Marlborough College’s blend of tradition and progression is all about true boarding. Life here is exciting with an insistence upon high academic performance underpinned by artistic and sporting programmes at the highest levels.

The 24/7 nature of the residential programme is the basis to this. Marlborough College, once joined, is not so much a school, but more a way of life. In emphasising achievement and a “sense of service”, learning is seen as a fundamental progression to the future.

From 1843, Marlborough College has produced a long line of Alumnae / Alumni who understand the motto “Deus Dat Incrementum”, is a call to put back what has been gained, with a calm sense of pride in what has meant to become a Marlburian. Individuals matter here, as does team mentality as we prepare our pupils for a complex world. Furthermore, Marlborough College Malaysia, officially opened within the last year, broadens our overall linkage across the globe. 

About us

Marlborough is a full boarding school, committed to the notion that living and working together in a co-educational community brings value to the lives of its pupils. The five key elements of College life are interdependent and mutually fortifying.


Marlburians will live in a community underpinned by its Anglican roots, learning the fundamental importance of valuing others as themselves, as the basis for living as a community. From its Foundation in 1843 when the College Charter established Marlborough as “A place of education for the sons of clergymen” so the College’s Anglican Chapel remains the central compass to our spiritual and ethical values.


Marlburians will be encouraged to discover the joy of intellectual curiosity and develop their intellectual abilities to the full. Independent learning, collaborative endeavour and intellectual resilience will all feature in a curriculum which emphasizes spirituality, reflection, rigour, global awareness and aspiration.


Marlburians will be encouraged to discover and develop their interests and abilities in the widest sense. Broad provision will include the opportunity for sporting excellence, health and fitness for life, creativity in music, drama and the visual arts, and adventure.

Excellence will sit alongside breadth in a co-curricular provision that seeks always to promote engagement, personal challenge and collaborative endeavour. Rooted in the College motto, “Deus Dat Incrementum”, the College’s programme of opportunities for service will emphasise social and environmental understanding both within and beyond Marlborough.


Marlburians will be encouraged to demonstrate empathy for others, regardless of status, creed or nationality. Emotional intelligence, compassion, resilience, personal integrity and social responsibility will be fostered by supportive tutorial relationships and nurtured within a full boarding community.

Preparation for Life:

Marlburians will seek to be lifelong learners; they will understand that the process of learning goes far beyond classrooms and school and is an aspiration and a joy for life.

Individually focused guidance will encourage pupils to aspire to engaging, challenging and ambitious further education, at the best institutions both in this country and abroad. Marlburians will feel equipped with a moral compass enabling them to make confident, wise decisions, and to take personal responsibility for their actions and choices.

The Marlburian experience will be a lifelong legacy. Marlburians will develop not only a sense of friendship and community that reaches far beyond their time at the College, but also a strong sense of the responsibility to give back; to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work. Marlburians will seek to make a difference.

Facilities available

Rich investment in the school's facilities lends the campus a collegiate atmosphere. The Chapel (1886) is a masterpiece of its time. The Memorial Hall (1925) is unique in being a theatre and assembly space built in the neo-Classical style. The Hony Centre (2001) provides Drama and Music with the most modern of facilities for teaching and performance and the Art School (2005) offers a light and distinctive contemporary home to the visual arts. In addition, the College grounds provide some of the most striking and up-to-date sporting venues in the country while the Blackett Observatory (1935) is the most significant school observatory in the UK.

Additional support

Tutoring aims to respond to the individual needs of the pupils within the boarding community and forms a vital part of the College's pastoral care structure through which it is committed to the highest standards of pupil welfare. 

All full-time members of the teaching staff (“beaks”) are tutors, plus all Graduate Assistants, and the team is supplemented by many experienced non-teaching tutors drawn from the wider college community. The breadth of this team enables the tutee to tutor ratios to be kept exceptionally low, at an average of 7:1. 

All tutors receive regular ongoing training and support, both from the HMs in the boarding houses and through centralised INSET. The focus is on pastoral issues affecting adolescents, plus specific academic and curricular matters relevant to Marlborough College.

Tutors are encouraged to access training from expert external providers too, such as that provided through the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) Certificate of Professional Practice, HMC Professional Development courses, or the Youth Mental Health First Aid or MindEd organisations. 

The College's Bursary Policy

The Council of Marlborough College is committed to broadening access to the school by offering to eligible parents means tested financial support with the payment of school fees.

Such support may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on fees depending on the financial, compassionate or other relevant circumstances of applicants.

Awards are subject to repeat testing of parental means each year and may be varied upwards or downwards depending on parental circumstances.
The assessment determines the appropriate level of parental contribution in relation to their net resources and thus the level of the award that will be offered.
The level of the award may also be influenced by compassionate or other relevant circumstances.

Learner success

In summer 2016, almost one in every five examinations was awarded an A* grade (or its Pre-U equivalent) or above, and our pupils’ average UCAS points score was over 380 – equivalent to A*AA at A level.

These results are down not only to the commitment and sheer talent of our individual pupils, but also to the inspiring teaching and constant encouragement and guidance they have received from their teachers, tutors, Housemasters and Housemistresses, and the wider staff of the College community. 

University Outcomes 2016

The great majority (79%) of Marlburians were rewarded for their hard work by gaining their first choice university course this year, and by winning places at some of the most competitive UK universities such as Edinburgh (24), Exeter (17), Bristol (15), Durham (15), Newcastle (14) and Oxford (13).

Measuring the cohort by different yardsticks can be instructive, and this year 75% were placed at Russell Group Universities, 78% at the Sutton Trust Top 30 UK Universities and 55% at universities that rank in the QS Top 100 Global Universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Marlborough College directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2016
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