ISI Inspection Report 2018

Marlborough College achieved the top level of ‘Excellent’ in both categories awarded by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, following their recent inspection, in February 2018.

These examine the outcomes for pupils at the College in terms of their academic and other achievements, and also their personal development. In addition, all eight areas of provision and care required in terms of regulatory compliance and the National Minimum Standards for Boarding were judged to be met; a tremendous accomplishment. The published report came as a resounding endorsement of all that we do.

The achievement of the pupils section which includes academic development emphasised their excellence in a wide-range of curricular and co-curricular activities as well as their motivation and exceptionally strong knowledge, skills and understanding in all areas. Further features which inspectors highlighted included the excellence of our library provision and support plus the exemplary verbal and written communication demonstrated by pupils. The high levels of success in external academic competitions as well as in sport, music, the arts and the cadets were deemed exceptional, whilst the teaching staff and Sixth Form pupils were praised for being enthusiastic role models beyond the classroom. Furthermore, pupil attitudes to learning and their success were extolled as being inspired by the leadership and boarding ethos of the school. The close links with Swindon Academy as a partnership was singled out, as part of wider praise for the awareness that pupils showed of local and wider communities, and their attitude to service.

Turning to the quality of pupil personal development, it was especially pleasing to note that “pupils of all ages are extremely confident without being overbearing”. For inspectors to observe that “they are considerate and kind to each other and their teachers” was especially gratifying as was the thought they have an “excellent understanding and appreciation of non-material and spiritual aspects of life”.

The Master, Jonathan Leigh, praised the whole staff for providing the richness of an all-round co-educational boarding provision where the boarding, academic and co-curricular aspects are so strong. He concluded “all are congratulated on a thoroughly positive and affirming inspection. As we look ahead, we welcome regular scrutiny. Self-evaluation and external inspection helps us to avoid complacency. We recognise that there are always new ways to improve, and keep us committed to meeting the needs of pupils, and to enhancing the fine reputation of the College.”


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