Who We Are
Founded in 1843, Marlborough College is the UK’s largest co-educational full boarding school, educating just over 1,000 pupils, aged 13 to 18 years, from the UK and overseas. Whilst we are proud of our Anglican heritage, ours is an inclusive ethos, welcoming pupils of all faiths and none. We have six girls’ houses, six boys’ houses and four mixed houses of 13- to 16-year-old boys with Sixth Form girls and boys. The pastoral care delivered through our 16 boarding houses is unrivalled, ensuring each child is known and cared for individually. The Guidance Centre exists to make sure that further education and careers after school are fully explored and carefully planned.
Pupils form friendships for life and develop the social and leadership skills needed to flourish as adults. They are encouraged to be outward facing and to aspire to change things for the better – ultimately, we would like to be judged by the contributions made by past, present and future Marlburians to the health of wider society throughout the course of their lives.
It is testament to our outstanding academic education and world-class co-curricular activities that our pupils are invariably ambitious, aspirational and high achieving. More than 80% gain places at Russell Group universities or Oxbridge, our sports teams regularly reach the latter stages of national competitions, our Symphony Orchestra plays in partnership with the Southbank Sinfonia and our artists exhibit in the Mount House Gallery.
Located in beautiful Wiltshire, in one of the most attractive market towns in the country, the College benefits from a 286-acre site, stunning period buildings including a Gothic Revival chapel and the neoclassical Memorial Hall, which is also a world-class concert hall, and university-quality sporting facilities. The campus is centred around the magical Marlborough Mound, a 4,000-year-old Neolithic mound, reputedly the burial place of Merlin. The College enjoys the advantages of being within easy reach of Heathrow, London and, indeed, many other parts of the country.
Beyond the School
Connections with the College’s alumni, both within the UK and internationally, are exceptionally strong and valued. Our wholly owned subsidiary, Marlborough College Malaysia, adds an important global aspect to the Marlborough family. We are committed to access and outreach and there is a well-developed partnership with Swindon Academy and involvement with local and international schools and institutions.