College's curriculum broadly follows and extends the National
Curriculum to allow for a proper combination of breadth and
specialisation. It is designed to stimulate, challenge and support all
The curriculum is supported by a wide range of academic extension and
enrichment activities through societies, lectures, theatre trips,
museum and gallery visits, debates, poetry readings, conference and
concerts creating a full co-curriculum which recognises that
qualifications alone do not produce a broadly educated person.
Time is allowed in the curriculum for extra-curricular activities,
and on occasions the timetable is suspended or modified to allow
activities to occur, such as CCF/OA field days, sports fixtures and
subject-specific day trips.
The Marlborough College curriculum is designed to ensure that every
individual maximises their potential. There is a clear focus placed upon
success in public examinations, but the College also takes seriously
its responsibility in preparing pupils to succeed beyond the College, at
University, and in their subsequent career.
There are five yeargroups in the College split between Upper and Lower Schools.
During the Shell (Year 9) year, pupils maintain the broadest possible
curriculum in order to introduce them to the range of subjects
available at Marlborough and options are kept to a minimum.
In the Remove (Year 10) and Hundred (Year 11) pupils will study a
core of compulsory subjects to GCSE: English, a modern foreign language,
Maths and the three Sciences - Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They
will do GCSE Religious Studies. They will also continue to study
Information Technology and Physical Education.
In the Upper School, pupils have a choice whether to follow the
pattern of A level qualifications or to take the International
Baccalaureate Diploma. In addition, some subjects have chosen to follow
the Cambridge Board Pre-U course.
Subjects are taught in departmental areas to give all pupils the
advantage of specialist facilities such as laboratories, art studios,
computer suites, design technology workshops and modern language suites.
The Memorial Library is located in the heart of the College and holds
an extensive range of resources, with fiction and non-fiction. This
provision is well supported by specialist departmental libraries where
pupils can find more in-depth resources.
All pupils undergo an induction programme in the library, and
extensive use of the facility is made in the Shell through the Form
course to inculcate the full range of study and research skills. The
curricular provision is regularly reviewed to ensure that it best serves
the interests of all pupils, and departments are responsible for the
development of their particular subject area.
Schemes of work are reviewed annually and are designed to ensure that
lessons are correctly focused and that all pupils, regardless of their
particular needs, are able to make progress through the school.