Shell

As Marlborough draws its Shell (Year 9) pupils from a particularly wide range of feeder schools, our boys and girls will have had diverse and varied educational experiences up to the point when they join us. The Shell curriculum is therefore as broad as possible, designed to promote a spirit of enquiry, and to engender learning habits that will be useful for life.

The most distinctive element of this first year is 'Form' in which small classes (of approximately 12) look into the development of human civilisation, its ideas, cultures, actions and beliefs.  Form aims to provide a basis for intellectual growth and the sharing of ideas and it takes the place of separate English, History & RS lessons. You can read more about it on the Form page.

Beyond Form, all Shell pupils study a broad range of subjects, as listed below.

Timetable by Subject 

Subject

Periods per fortnight

Form

9

Mathematics

5

Biology

4

Chemistry

4

Physics

4

Modern Language 1    

4

Modern Language 2 

4

Geography

4

Art

2

Design Technology

2

Physical Education

2

Music

2

Latin/Greek

4

Information Technology    

2

Total

52

Pupils choose two modern languages from French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish.  In addition all pupils will study Latin; those who wish to will also study some Greek.

During the Shell year pupils additionally embark upon a PSHE course (Artemis) which is run through the boarding houses. This course aims to reflect the College's aims and ethos and is delivered in small groups to facilitate honest discussion and supportive guidance. The course tutors are experienced in this area and undergo regular training updates.