Our Historic Purpose

Marlborough College was founded to provide an exceptional education for young people from families of less fortunate means and today the College remains committed to providing financial aid, in the form of bursaries, to any child with potential. We know that our bursaries provide transformative opportunities for young people and we strongly believe that the whole College benefits from a pupil community that is diverse and more representative of our society.

Bursaries at Marlborough

Marlborough is committed to being the best co-educational boarding school in the UK for bursary pupils in both academic and co-curricular experience. We believe that what sets us apart is the significant pastoral benefits that come from living within our full boarding community. Life at Marlborough offers young people a rare opportunity to develop deep and enduring bonds with their peer group and those who care for them.

Key support for bursary pupils includes, but is not limited to:

  • daily contact with their Housemaster or Housemistress, the primary pastoral supporters of all pupils;
  • regular and ongoing support from their academic tutor and teachers with whom they have contact in house, in lessons and in co-curricular activities;
  • support from a pupil Bursary Mentor, an established member of the pupil body who has experienced the same journey;
  • access to an Old Marlburian (former pupil) mentor in the Sixth Form who will support them as they make important decisions about life after leaving the College.

Contact Us

We understand that this may seem like a daunting process, but we hope that the information on these pages goes some way towards addressing your concerns. If you have any questions at all about the bursary admissions process, we warmly encourage you to contact us. Our Bursary Policy can be found here.