Academic Aims

We want our pupils to discover and develop their abilities and talents in the broadest sense.

We want our pupils to know, understand and appreciate:

  • the origins and chronology of western and other cultures;
  • the origins and development of Britain;
  • the basic physical geography of the planet;
  • the issues of the day;the lives of people outside Marlborough College and Great Britain;
  • the processes of scientific method;
  • the nature and importance of language;
  • the basic principles of ethical theory;
  • the importance of spirituality and reflection.

We want our pupils to be able to:

  • learn independently;
  • interact confidently and respectfully with others;
  • talk articulately and present information effectively;
  • write accurately and effectively;
  • make critical judgements;
  • organise their time;
  • take advice and learn from criticism;
  • demonstrate their numeracy;
  • use a language other than English competently;
  • research effectively;
  • make connections between subjects.

We want our pupils to experience and engage with:

  • learning for its own sake;
  • people with diverse backgrounds and experience;
  • high expectations from all their teachers;
  • collaborative endeavours;
  • the idea of service;
  • opportunities for reflection;
  • a wide range of physical challenges;
  • experience of both success and failure.

We want our pupils to be:

  • compassionate and considerate;
  • intellectually curious and interested in ideas;
  • prepared for academic challenge;
  • self-motivated, self-disciplined and independent;
  • able to take the initiative;
  • respectful of people from other times, backgrounds, beliefs and cultures;
  • properly aware of their own strengths and weaknesses;
  • properly ambitious and aspirational;
  • open-minded.