Beyond the Curriculum: Academic Highlights

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first term at Marlborough College; it is a busy and wonderful place. I have been impressed by the academic purpose and aspiration of many of the pupils I have met, and by their willingness to engage, not only with the core curricular content of their chosen subjects, but with the […]

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Review: Talk by Peter Lavery

Marlburians and members of the College community were very lucky to hear one of Britain’s most eminent and skilled photographers, Peter Lavery, give a talk at the College about his inspiring career within the world of art and photography, including his most important personal project‘Circus Works’. Peter introduced the audience to his unique portfolio of […]

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An appreciation of Derek Hill (LI 1930-33)

Derek Hill, a former pupil at Marlborough College, went on to become Director of the British School in Rome before devoting his life to painting and art collecting. He was born on this day in 1916. Edward Twohig, our Head of Art, has written this short article in appreciation: Inspirations come and go, though artistic […]

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ACT Test Centre

Marlborough College is delighted to announce they will offer the ACT in the new Computer-Based format (CBT). The ACT is a ‘Standardised Test’ which pupils can take in order to gain entry to US Universities. The College will offer testing this Friday 7th December and Friday 8th February. Please note that registration for the ACT […]

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Review: Peter Lavery: Circus Works Exhibition

Widely known for his highly skilled narrative works and acclaimed advertising photography, Peter Lavery has also been photographing circus performers throughout Britain for the last 50 years. Shot largely on a historic plate camera, Peter has captured an impressive and unique collection of circus subjects, which has become the longest running social documentary project within […]

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Review: Advent Celebration

Wednesday 28th November was a very special evening of linguistic and musical talent in a cross-departmental collaboration, showcasing the diverse talents and cultural appreciation of the pupils and staff of Marlborough in the befitting beauty of the Adderley. The sequential Advent readings were conveyed stylishly in Italian, Spanish, French, English, German, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese and […]

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Blackett Science Lecture

Professor Giovanna Tinetti, Professor of Astrophysics at University College London, gave the 14th annual Blackett Science Lecture – held in the Ellis Theatre on Tuesday 27th November. Professor Tinetti is a leading researcher in the UK into Extra-Solar planets (Exoplanets) and specifically the work to discover the chemical composition of their atmospheres, which of course […]

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Barclay leads UK Astronomy Olympiad team

Charles Barclay FRAS, Head of Astronomy at Marlborough College, has just returned from Beijing where he led the UK Astronomy Olympiad team.  The ten-day long 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) saw the team win two Silver medals and two Honourable Mentions. The competition was particularly tough (one five-hour theory paper, one five-hour Data-Analysis […]

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Football legend visits Marlborough

Footballing legend Tony Adams visited the College on Tuesday 13th November, speaking to pupils about the highs and lows of his record-breaking career with Arsenal and England. He spoke as passionately as he used to play the game, reliving his early days as an apprentice before moving on to his battles with alcoholism. He also […]

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Perfect score in UKMT Challenge

Almost one hundred of Marlborough College’s keenest mathematicians undertook this year’s UKMT Senior Maths Challenge on Tuesday 6th November. The 90-minute multiple choice paper is tackled without a calculator and with the added jeopardy of negative scoring for those whose proposed answers are incorrect. Ben Place (C1 L6) followed his perfect score in the Lent […]

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Review: English trip to Dublin

On the first weekend of half-term, a group of 13 keen English pupils were fortunate enough to glimpse the literary history and rich culture of the vivacious capital city of Ireland. We arrived in the midst of Dublin Theatre Festival so took advantage of this by witnessing two rather contrasting plays. The first was a […]

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History of Art Presentations

The History of Art Department recently hosted two busy evenings dedicated to the Upper-Sixth pupils’ achievements in their Personal Investigations. This core element of Pre-U assessment takes the form of a long research essay on a topic chosen by the pupils, and is an opportunity for them to apply the analytical skills they have learned […]

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Review: The OM War Poets

The talent and tragedy of the OM war poets is spoken of a lot within the school and for good reason. Charles Hamilton Sorley (C1 1908-15) and Siegfried Sassoon (CO 1902-04) pioneered a new genre of wartime poetry, poems that spoke less of the glory of sacrifice made for one’s country and more of the […]

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Artists visit Ashmolean Museum

Lower Sixth artists spent a day exploring the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, on Tuesday 6th November. 33 pupils created observational sketches (a number of pupils creating very assiduous and detailed observed work) from a range of paintings and sculptures spanning over five centuries, from Michelangelo in the High Renaissance, to Bacon and Freud, “two masters of […]

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Sixth Form enjoy Chinese experience

The cohort of Sixth Form pupils learning Chinese have just returned from a fantastic two-week trip to China. We were hosted in week one by School no.8 in Beijing and by representatives of the World Leading Schools Association, who looked after us with great care, enthusiasm and generosity. Mornings sampling lessons were followed by afternoon […]

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Review: La Grande Illusion

Members of the public, pupils and Common Room were treated to a showing of Jean Renoir’s classic war film La Grande Illusion, along with a scholarly introduction given by Andrew Brown, on Tuesday evening as part of the Memorial Hall Festival. This cinematic masterpiece was considered timely on its initial release in 1937 and the […]

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Review: Walk and Talk

Upper Sixth Art Scholar, Nell Hargrove, looks back at the ‘Walk and Talk’ event in the Mount House Gallery by Edward Twohig, Head of Art.  On Monday evening, Mr Twohig took an eager audience on a ‘Walk & Talk’ around the Mount House Gallery. We were presented with an engaging story of art from 1918, […]

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HATA visit the Tower of London

On Sunday 4th November some members of the HATA (History And The Arts) Society were privileged to be able to spend a day at the Tower of London in the company of the Chairman of Historic Royal Palaces (a Marlborough parent). We were extremely generously treated: the climax of the day was to be among […]

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Otto Dix – An Online Exhibition

As part of the Memorial Hall Festival, the German and History of Art Departments collaborated on a joint project highlighting the work of the German artist Otto Dix, who was a combatant in the First World War. Like many of the young men we commemorate in the Memorial Hall, Dix saw service at the Battle […]

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