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How to get into Marlborough College
August 15, 2016
If you want to get into Marlborough College, then look no further. Here’s all you need to know about Marlborough College fees, registration, admission, and assessments.
Type: Independent coeducational day and boarding school, ages 13 - 18
Boarding: £11,760, per term (£35,280, per annum)
Day: £9,995, per term (£29,985, per annum)
Overnight boarding for day pupils: £41, per night
Registration fee: £250
For extra services and information on how and when to pay your fees, click here.
Current Head: Jonathan Leigh
About Marlborough College
The Marlborough College was founded in 1843 to educate the sons of clergymen, and today welcomes over 900 young women and men to its 286 acre site each year. Located in a small market town in Wiltshire, Marlborough blends the fast-paced life of academia with a sense of community and social responsibility.
“Through outstanding teaching, coaching and pastoral care [the College aims] to instill and develop a genuine love of learning as preparation for life beyond Marlborough.”
How do I know if Marlborough College is right for me?
Although the Open Day events for entry into Marlborough College in 2017 - 2019 have already passed, students and their families are encouraged to request an individual visit to meet with staff and tour the school site. Alternatively, registrations and visits for 13+ entry in 2020+ begin in September 2016.
To book your visit, please contact the College Admissions Department.
The next available years of entry are 2017 for Sixth Form applicants, and 2018 for 13+ applicants. Students who want to get into Marlborough College should first contact the school to arrange a visit or request a prospectus to express their interest. You may then request a registration form and register your child up to four years before their prospective entry. Marlborough recommends that you register as soon as possible in order to take advantage of the special events and Open Days offered to registered candidates.
Once 13+ applicants are registered, you may enroll your child and state your preferred houses the November two years prior to entry. At this point Marlborough will also contact your child’s current school for a reference and register their interest in the Assessment Day, scheduled for the following January. If your child is successful on Assessment Day, the March before entry you will receive either an acceptance letter or a wait-list offer. Acceptance is conditional upon at least a 60% at Common Entrance.
Candidates who want to get into Marlborough College at 16+ will submit their registration form, enrollment form and the accompanying registration fee before 1st October the year prior to entry. Your child will then sit the Entrance Assessment and interviews the following November. Offers will be placed in early December, conditional upon at least 6 B grades (including Maths and English) at GCSE.
What are Marlborough College interviews and examinations like, and how can I do well?
Students entering at 13+ will write both Assessment Day and Entrance exams. On Assessment Day, your child will sit a computerized aptitude test, as well as interview with a House Head and a House Tutor, and provide a reference from their current school Head (this last requirement carries the most weight).
If they are successful, students will receive a placement offer from Marlborough and go on to write their Common Entrance exam. At CE, students are expected to earn at least a 55% in their English and Maths papers, and a 60% in Sciences, Modern Foreign Language, History, Geography, R.E. and, preferably, Latin.
Similarly, Sixth Form candidates will write Marlborough’s Entrance Assessment and interview with senior members of school staff. Students offered a place at the College will also complete a questionnaire that will help determine their A Level and Pre-U choices.
To prepare, students are encouraged to utilize the abundance of resource centres online. While revising is important, like most schools, Marlborough also wants to know how you will contribute to the school’s aims and ethos beyond academics. So, make sure to study up on the the school before your interviews and have a clear vision of the unique impact you plan to make at Marlborough. Lastly, for an extra boost, consider working with an admissions tutor to strengthen your revising and interview skills.
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