Life as a Boarder
No day is the same for Marlburians, but the below schedule gives a flavour of what life is like for pupils at Marlborough College.
Pupils wake in house at around 7.30am. Many will eat breakfast in their boarding house but some central Houses will go across to Norwood Hall. Every pupil will see their Housemaster or Dame for check in before 8.15am. This allows the pupils to ask any questions or for the Housemaster or Housemistress to pass on messages if necessary. Pupils keep all their books and equipment in their boarding houses and prepare for the school day there. Every House will attend Chapel once a week before school starting at 8.20am, and first period begins at 8.45am.
All lessons are 55 minutes long and timings are as follows:
P1 8.45 – 9.40
P2 9.45 – 10.40
Break 10:40 – 11:05 Most pupils return to their boarding houses but drinks and refreshments are also available in Norwood Hall.
P3 11.05am – 12.00pm
P4 12.05pm – 1.00pm (the timing of the end of the lessons varies according to year group).
Lunch is eaten in Norwood Hall by all pupils.
Afternoons vary greatly according to the day of the week, the term and the year group. As a guide, pupils have at least one afternoon lesson on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and older year groups may have two. In the Michaelmas Term these lessons happen late in the afternoon after sport and activities, and in the Summer Term they take place after lunch. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons there are no lessons as the time is taken up with activities and private study time in Houses from 5.30pm – 6.40pm.
An outline of afternoon activities by year group is shown below but this is only a guide. The co-curricular programme at Marlborough is extremely extensive and it is impossible to describe it all here.
|Shell||Sport||Tuesday Activities choose two from over 30 options||Sport||Thursday afternoon activity rotation and talks||Sport|
|Remove||Sport||Tuesday Activities choose two from over 30 options||CCF/Outdoor activities/
|Hundred||Free Afternoon/Service Activity||Sport||CCF/Service Activity/Orchestra||Sport||Sport|
|Lower Sixth||Free Afternoon/Service Activity/Physical Activity||Sport or physical activity||Service Activity / CCF/ Orchestra||Sport or physical activity||Sport or physical activity|
|Upper Sixth||Free Afternoon/Service Activity/Physical Activity||Sport or physical activity||Service Activity /CCF/Orchestra||Sport or physical activity||Sport or physical activity|
After supper, pupils check in with their Housemaster or Housemistress before the start of Prep at 7.30pm. Prep for all year groups runs from 7.30 to 9.00pm. The Housemaster and at least one tutor will be on duty in House each evening and every pupil will meet with their tutor on one evening a week in their boarding house.
A small number of supervised activities run between 9pm and 10pm which pupils may opt to take part in and Sixth Form pupils are allowed to visit another House between 9pm and 10pm. All pupils must return to their boarding houses and check in with their Housemaster or the tutor on duty by 10pm.