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Marlborough College

Marlborough College

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About this school

Marlborough provides an exceptional, contemporary education set in a beautiful environment steeped in history. It is a welcoming community where ambition and scholarship are highly valued, creativity is celebrated, diversity is embraced and where each pupil is encouraged and challenged to be the best that they can be.

Marlborough College is the UK’s largest co-educational full boarding school and draws pupils between the ages of 13-18 from across the UK and the world. Founded in 1843, Marlborough College offers boys and girls a contemporary education within a warm, inclusive and spiritual environment. The community comprises 1005 pupils (almost all of whom are full boarders). 140 teaching staff, and over 400 non-teaching staff.

Situated at the western end of the Wiltshire market town of Marlborough, the College occupies 200 acres of beautiful and significant landscape. The Marlborough Mound, a Neolithic monument dating back to 2,400 BC, lies at the heart of a historic campus, which blends stunning architecture with inspirational facilities.

The College is academically ambitious, offering a progressive, challenging and enriching education both on and off the formal curriculum. To further strengthen the College’s academic life, the construction of our ground-breaking Innovation Centre, built in association with Beko, will be completed soon and our Science Faculty is undergoing a dramatic refurbishment.

Our co-curricular provision is second to none and all pupils become involved in a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. More than 80% of our pupils gain places at Russell Group, Oxbridge and Ivy League universities, our sports teams regularly reach the latter stages of national competitions, our Symphony Orchestra plays in partnership with the Southbank Sinfonia and our artists exhibit in the Mount House Gallery.

We have six girls’ houses, six boys’ houses and four mixed houses of 13-16 year old boys and mixed Sixth Forms of girls and boys. The pastoral care delivered through our 16 boarding houses is unrivalled, ensuring each child is known and cared for individually. The greatest strength of our school is the quality of the human relationships throughout our community.

Marlborough College welcomes pupils from all over the UK and overseas. We are looking for ambitious, open-minded, socially minded children; who are keen to be involved in a wide range of activities, to make a difference at all levels and contribute to a caring and inclusive community.

There is no “right” path through Marlborough College. Indeed, we celebrate and take pride in the fact that each young person’s journey might be different. The children who thrive here take responsibility for their own journey, responding to the amazing opportunities and support available to them, and they want to be the best that they can be.

Visit events to the College begin from Year 4.  A majority of applicants will be assessed in Year 6 and approximately 70% of places will be allocated.  A smaller intake to the College will be considered in Year 7 with approximately 25% of places being awarded at that time. The remaining 5% will be allocated in Year 8.

School type
Education phase
Senior, Sixth
13 - 18
Boarding, Day
Church of England
Exit exams
GCSE, A-level
Fee range (termly)
School capacity
Number of pupils
Number of boys
Number of girls
Local authority
Inspection report

About the Master

Mrs Louise Moelwyn-Hughes

Marlborough's first female Master, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, arrived at the beginning of the 2018/9 academic year and is now midway through her third academic year. She was previously Head of St Edmund's School, Canterbury and Senior Deputy Head, Perse School, Cambridge.

Famous alumni

William Morris (designer and poet)
William Morris (designer and poet)
Siegfried Sassoon (WW1 Poet)
Siegfried Sassoon (WW1 Poet)
John Betjeman (Poet Laureate)
John Betjeman (Poet Laureate)
Sir Peter Medawar (Biologist)
Sir Peter Medawar (Biologist)
Christopher Martin-Jenkins (Cricket Journalist)
Christopher Martin-Jenkins (Cricket Journalist)
Hugh Pym (Journalist)
Hugh Pym (Journalist)
Emerald Fennell (Actress)
Emerald Fennell (Actress)
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge


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% of the fees and may include additional support for uniform, books and extras such as educational visits, depending on the financial or other relevant circumstances of applicants. 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 deadline for applying for bursarial support is no later than 1st September in the academic year in which the child is being assessed for entry to the College.

Awards are subject to repeat testing of parental means each year and may be varied upwards or downwards depending on parental circumstances.


Marlborough College was founded in 1843 to provide an exceptional education for young people from all walks of life and, as a result, has always had a strong social purpose and an ethos of caring for others. In the beginning this was to educate the sons of clergy who could not afford an independent education as well as orphaned children for whom a Marlborough education would be truly transformative.

Marlborough has never been frightened of change.  Numerous academic initiatives have been fostered at the College (for example, Business Studies, SMP Maths, Combined Science, Pre-U examination syllabuses and the teaching of Arabic and Chinese). In 1968 Marlborough was one of the first of the traditional boys’ boarding schools to admit girls into the Sixth Form.

In 1989, the College became fully co-educational with the admission of girls into the Lower School and with the establishment of the first of the all-girl boarding houses.


A sense of perspective for the community and the wider world.

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