Our Commitment to Inclusivity

Marlborough is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive school community because we know that when we get this right, we thrive. This is woven into our values.

We believe that our community is at its strongest when we embrace the full spectrum of humanity, regardless of gender, ethnicity, social background, religion, age, physical ability, sexual orientation, or nationality.

We aim to create a full boarding community that celebrates all our pupils, staff and families without exception, and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion means that whoever you are, you are welcome and valued here.

Each of us has a role to play in making this happen. For some of us, it means summoning the courage to stand up and speak out, sharing different opinions and experiences. For others, it means listening with patience and empathy, creating an environment conducive to dialogue. For all of us, it means asking questions, respecting answers, being open to fresh perspectives, and, most importantly, appreciating one another’s contributions.

A primary function of any school is to provide a safe and supportive environment where children’s self-worth is reinforced and where they have the ability to flourish as their whole self.

To help to ensure inclusivity we seek to be proactive in removing the factors which act as barriers to inclusion such as negativity, bias and stereotyping.

Marlborough works closely with established leaders in the field of inclusion education to create a robust and varied annual programme. Everyone’s Invited, Jude Guaitamaachi, Derek Paravicini and Dr Charlie Easmon speak to and provide workshops for pupils, staff and parents.

Inclusivity is a theme that is at the forefront of many of our pupil led societies and the conversation is continued through talks, awareness celebrations, assemblies, charity fundraising initiatives and the PSHEE curriculum.

Chapel plays a key role, providing spiritual exploration and sustenance to those of different faiths and those of none. Awareness days, significant dates from the interfaith calendar, religious and philosophical approaches to wellbeing are regularly discussed at Chapel services. On Holocaust Memorial Day, we have the privilege to hear the remarkable life stories of Holocaust survivors.

For us, inclusion and diversity are ingrained in who we are today because we know it is what will produce happy and successful young people for tomorrow. But our work is far from over. In fact, we continuously push for better.