Admissions Procedures

13+ Year of Entry

Step by step information about admission to Marlborough College.

Selection at 13+ is based on a combination of the ISEB test, references from a pupil’s current school and performance at interview on the Assessment Days.


Step 1 - Initial Enquiry

An enquiry record and a prospectus request can be made at any time up to the closing date relevant to a child’s year of entry
Step 2 - Visit the College

Year 5, Summer Term

An invitation to an Open Day which takes place in the Summer Term of Year 5 will be sent to families who have made an initial enquiry. Alternatively, arrangements for an individual visit to view the College can be made at a time to suit.

Step 3 - Registration

Year 5, Michaelmas Term

If parents would like to take the next step in the Admissions process and be invited to further visit events after the Open Day, a Registration Form will need to be completed and returned along with the Registration Fee (currently £250). Registrations are accepted from September of Year 5.

Step 4 - Boarding House Visits

Years 6 & 7

There are two visit event opportunities over Years 6 and Year 7 for Registered children to view boarding houses and meet with Housemasters, Housemistresses and staff members.

Step 5 - Entry Assessment

Year 7, Michaelmas Term

The application deadline date for Entry Assessment and Interview to Marlborough is 5th November, Year 7.
By this time:
All Registered children are offered the opportunity to enrol for the Entry Assessment.
An Admissions Day event takes place during the first half of the Michaelmas term – this is a final opportunity to visit boarding houses. Preferred choices of boarding house are required on the Enrolment form.
Any requests for bursarial support are also required by the application deadline.

Step 6 - Offers

Year 7, Lent Term

Following the Assessment and interviews, A List and B List place offers are made in March of Year 7, when an acceptance along with a fee deposit will be required.

Step 7 - Scholarship

Year 8, Lent Term

Children with an accepted A List place may apply for a scholarship in the Lent Term of Year 8 in the following categories: Academic, Art, Design, Music, Sport or All-Rounder.

Step 8 - Common Entrance

Year 8, Summer Term

Children with an A List place will sit Common Entrance Examinations in the Summer Term of Year 8. The results will be used to determine the children’s sets on arrival at the College.

Step 9 - Arrival

Arrival

New pupils to Marlborough College are welcomed in the Michaelmas Term of Year 9.

For specific years of entry:

2019

Applications are now closed for 13+ entry. Parents are welcome to enquire about 16+ entry in 2021.

2020

Open Day events have taken place. Enquiries, prospectus requests and registrations are still welcome. Please contact the Admissions Department to arrange an Individual Visit appointment to view Marlborough College.

Download 13+ Key Dates for 2020 Entry

2021

Admissions events have started for this year of entry. Enquiries, prospectus requests and registrations are still welcome. The next Open Day is taking place on Saturday, 9th June, 2018. To book attendance to the Open Day, please complete the form here, alternatively contact the Admissions Department to arrange an Individual Visit appointment to view Marlborough College.

Download 13+ Key Dates for 2021 Entry

2022

Currently taking enquiries and prospectus requests. Registrations and visits commence from 1st September 2018.

2023

For entry year 2023 and onwards, we are currently taking enquiries and prospectus requests.

16+ Year of Entry

Step by step information about admission to Marlborough College.

Selection at 16+ is based on a combination of references from a pupil’s current school, a VRQ test, performance in the Marlborough Lower Sixth Entry Papers and an interview.


Step 1 - Initial Enquiry

An enquiry record and a prospectus request can be made at any time up to the closing date relevant to a child’s year of entry.
Step 2 - Visit the College

Year 10, Summer Term

An invitation to a Lower Sixth Afternoon Visit event will be sent to families who have made an initial enquiry or have registered their child. Alternatively, arrangements for an individual visit to view the College are welcome.

Step 3 - Registration

Registrations can be accepted at any point up until the deadline date for entry (1st October, Year 11) and require completion and return of a Registration Form along with a Registration Fee (currently £250).
Step 4 - Entry Assessment

Year 11, Michaelmas Term

The opportunity to Enrol for the Entry Assessment is available until the deadline date of 1st October, Year 11. In November, Year 11, Enrolled pupils will sit entry examinations relevant to their proposed A Level subjects followed by an interview. Any pupil applying for a Scholarship will have an additional interview on the Assessment Day.

Step 5 - Offers

Year 11, Michaelmas Term

As a result of the Assessment, offers will be made in early December of Year 11, when an acceptance of a place is confirmed on receipt of a Fee Deposit.

Step 6 - Joining the College

Year 11, Summer Term

Successful pupils who have accepted an offered place and their parents are invited to the College for a pre-arrival event.

Step 7 - Arrival

Year 12, Michaelmas Term

New Sixth Form pupils to Marlborough College are welcomed in the Michaelmas Term of Year 12.

2018

Applications are now closed for 16+ entry.

2019

Enquiries, prospectus requests and registrations are still welcome. The closing date for application is 1st October, 2018.
Sixth Form Visit Afternoon events are currently taking place.
To book a date to visit, please contact the Admissions Department.
DOWNLOAD 16+ KEY DATES FOR 2019 ENTRY

2020

For entry year 2020 and onwards, we are currently taking enquiries and prospectus requests.