Admissions Procedures

13+ Year of Entry

The steps below are for families interested in their child joining Marlborough in Year 9.

Visit events to the College begin from Year 4. Selection at 13+ is based on a combination of the Head’s reference from a child’s current school, performance at interview during an assessment day and ISEB Pre-Tests results. A majority of applicants will be assessed in Year 6 and approximately 70% of places will be allocated. Those who are successful in gaining a College place offer are most likely to gain a place in their first choice of boarding house. A smaller intake to the College will be considered in Year 7 with approximately 25% of places being awarded at that time. The remaining 5% will be allocated in Year 8.


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

Open Day – This event takes place in the summer term of Year 4 and invitations will be sent to families who have made an initial enquiry at the College. There is an opportunity to tour the College, visit a boarding house and meet with the Master, members of the senior management team, including the Director of Admissions, heads of departments, housemasters and housemistresses.

Individual Visit – For those who make an enquiry about the College after the Open Day has taken place, arrangements for an individual visit to view the College can be made at a time to suit.

House Visit Day – In Year 5, families are welcome to attend a House Visit Day during the Michaelmas or summer term of Year 5. This event is an opportunity for families to view two boarding houses and meet current pupils, housemasters, housemistresses and members of the senior management team including the Master and Director of Admissions. If numbers for the Summer Term visits are high, families may be required to register before attending.

Step 3 - Registration

Families are welcome to register their child up to five years prior to entry, from September of Year 4. It is advisable to register in good time. To progress a child’s admissions status from enquiry to that of registered, completion and submission of an online registration form is required along with a non-returnable registration fee, currently £250. A link to the registration form can be obtained by contacting the Admissions Department

Step 4 - Admissions Day

Families who have registered their child will receive an invitation to the Admissions Day which takes place in the Michaelmas term in Year 6. This event occurs shortly before the closing date of enrolment for assessment.

The Admissions Day event includes an optional tour of the school, talks by the Master, senior pupils and the Director of Admissions and a viewing of up to two boarding houses meeting with respective housemasters or housemistresses and current pupils. Members of the senior management team, heads of departments and housemasters and housemistresses are available to meet during a buffet lunch.

For those wishing their child to be assessed in Year 7, these events will happen a year later.

Step 5 - Closing Dates

For those enrolling for assessment and interview in Year 6, the closing date is 5th November, Year 6.

For those enrolling for assessment and interview in Year 7, the closing date is 5th November, Year 7.

The Admissions Department should be contacted directly for families who wish to enquire about late entry in Year 8.

The closing date for applications relating to bursarial support is the 1st of September of the academic year in which the child wishes to be assessed.  Further information about bursaries can be found here.  Bursary allocation will be made primarily for those who are assessed and interviewed in Year 6.  A smaller fund will be available for those being assessed in Year 7.

Step 6 - Entry Assessment & Offers

Entry assessment:  Enrolled applicants will be invited to an assessment day which takes place during the Lent term of Year 6 (or the Lent term of Year 7 for later applications).  The College aims to make the entry assessment day as pressure-free as possible.  On the day there are two short writing tasks (no preparation required), an interview with a housemaster or housemistress, an interview with a boarding house tutor and some informal group activities.

College place offers:  As a result of the current Head’s reference, the ISEB Pre-Tests and following the assessment day and interviews, A list and B list College place offers are made in March of Year 6 (or March of Year 7 for later applications).

House place offers:  Families whose child has an A list College place will be invited to a final House Visit Day event which will take place in the summer term of Year 6.  The focus of this event is for families to tour boarding houses and meet with housemasters and housemistresses in order to request their final preferred boarding house choices for their child.  After the event and before the end of the summer term, Year 6, parents will be asked to submit their preferred 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of boarding houses.  House place offers will then be made early in the Michaelmas term of Year 7.

For those assessed in Year 7, boarding house preferences will be taken into account during allocation, although availability will vary year on year.

Step 7 - Experience Day

Incoming pupils will be invited to an Experience Day event to meet with each other and try out an activity of choice – Academic, Art, DT, Drama or Music. It is a chance to get to know the College environment a little better and a useful orientation day for those who may be contemplating a scholarship application.

Step 8 - Scholarships

For those who wish to apply for a scholarship, awards are available in the following categories: Music, Academic, Art, Design Technology, Sport and William Morris All-Rounder. Only children holding an A list place can apply. Scholarships at Marlborough are not related to bursarial support. Children who are successful in gaining a Scholarship will be offered an enhanced programme of mentoring and enrichment once they join the College. Scholarship examinations and assessments take place at Marlborough College during the Michaelmas and Lent terms of Year 8. Further details about scholarships, eligibility and requirements can be found in the Scholarship Prospectus.

Step 9 - Common Entrance

Children with an A list place will sit Common Entrance Examinations in the summer term of Year 8. We are fully aware that a number of our feeder schools do not prepare their children for these exams and these children will be asked to sit a minimum number of papers. The results will be used to determine the children’s sets on arrival at the College but careful note will be taken of those children who have not been prepared for the exams. Those who have succeeded in being awarded an academic scholarship will not be required to sit the Common Entrance Examinations.

Step 10 - Visit Day & Arrival

Children with an A list place and their family are invited by their future housemaster or housemistress to a summer social event in Year 8. This is a chance for incoming pupils to meet with their fellow house mates and families.

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

The above information about the steps to take during the admission process at Marlborough can be downloaded here:

13+ Admissions Procedures

For specific years of entry:

2021

The application deadline for 13+ entry in 2021 has now passed. For late entry enquiries please contact the Admissions Department.

2022

Year 6 entry assessment – the application deadline has now passed.
Year 7 entry assessment – currently taking enquiries and registration. The closing date for enrolling for assessment will be 5th November 2020.

2023

Currently taking enquiries, prospectus requests and registrations. The Open Day has taken place. House Visit Day events are currently being offered.

2024

Currently taking enquiries, prospectus requests and registrations. The Open Day for entry in 2024 will be during the Summer term of 2020. Invitations will be sent to all families who have enquired with Marlborough College for entry in 2024.

2025

For entry year 2025 onwards, we are currently taking enquiries and prospectus requests.

For any further information about the admissions procedures, please contact the Admissions Department either by email admissions@marlboroughcollege.org or telephone +44 (0)1672 892300.

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 - Closing Dates & Assessment

Year 11, Michaelmas Term

The deadline date for bursarial support applications is 1st September, Year 11. 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.