When you fill in and return the Propectus Request Form you will be sent a Registration Form. If you wish to proceed with an application please fill in this form and return it to the College with a registration fee of £250.
Visiting a Boarding House
Three years ahead of entry, parents and children will be invited to make an appointment to visit two boarding houses on one of several designated afternoons. Parents may expect to be joined on their visit by three or four other interested families. We do recommend that children are included in this visit.
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Open Day and Enrolment
Parents and children receive an enrolment form and an invitation to come to an open day in October two years before entry. At this time parents who have not already visited a house will have the opportunity to do so.
The enrolment form enters a child for assessment in the January or February of the following year. A number of assessment dates will be offered to parents. On the enrolment form parents may state their house preference.
If numbers for assessment prove to be too large to be manageable, the College may need to 'cap' the numbers who enrol. In such a case, preference will be given to those parents who have registered their child earliest for the school.
Soon afterwards, we request a reference from the Head of a child's current school and we ask the pupil to complete a questionnaire on their interests and connections with Marlborough.
Arrival at around 10.45 am for assessment. The assessment will comprise:
- a test for potential (taken on a computer)
- an interview with the candidate's proposed Housemaster or Housemistress
- an interview with a general assessor
- a report from the current school Head
Further information on assessment will be given at the time of enrolment.
Selection and Confirmation
Towards the end of the Lent Term, approximately eighteen months prior to entry, as a result of assessment, places will be offered either on the A List (firm place) or on the B List (waiting list).
Parents of children who are offered a place on the A List will be asked to confirm their choice of house using a confirmation form and to pay a deposit of £1,500. Overseas parents may also be required to pay a term's fees. If particular houses turn out to be oversubscribed, parents will be offered places in other houses. Candidates who will require a Visa to study in the UK will also be required to pay an additional £250 administration fee at this time.
Parents are invited either to pay their deposits and to confirm or to decline the offer of a place on the A or B Lists, by the end of April. To some parents we may regretfully suggest that Marlborough does not seem the school best suited to foster their children's talents.
Scholarships and William Morris All Rounder Awards
In February or March of the year of entry, Music, Academic, Art and Sports Scholarship assessments are taken.
Click to view the 2013 Scholarship Prospectus
Unless Academic Scholarship examinations have been taken in March all candidates who have been offered places on the A list will be expected to undertake Common Entrance in June.
For candidates attending schools which do not prepare for Common Entrance, different expectations apply. Contact us for more information.
Late Entry: The Master's List
The College will consider carefully applications from pupils which are made after the regular assessment date.
These applicants will be placed on the Master's List and they will be invited to come for a general visit to the College and to meet with the Tutor for Admissions.