The Marlborough College School of English and Culture's academic syllabus has been designed by highly qualified professionals who know Marlborough well. The tutors are all specialists in English language tuition or their Open Minds field of expertise and are passionate about teaching and giving their students a culturally enriching experience. Further, they have a passion for expanding their students horizons and challenging them to think in new ways both inside and outside the classroom. The courses are unique to the Marlborough College School of English and Culture and we guarantee that you will not be repeating lessons that you have seen anywhere else.
After English or Open Minds tuition in the morning, students will integrate with native English speakers of the same age and choose from a menu of twenty afternoon activities that range from Drama and Performance Skills to Fashion Marketing, from Martial Arts to Photography, from Rock School to Basketball and so much more besides.
There is a huge array of evening and weekend excursions and activities, including trips to London and coasteering and surfing on the Welsh coast and, more locally, tree running - a treetop high ropes course in beautiful woodland near Marlborough. The programme has been specifically designed to give students a totally immersive experience into British culture and the British way of life as well as helping them to grow as people, develop their confidence and see the world around them from new perspectives. It is a truly life changing experience for many of our students.
The History of Marlborough College
In 1843, a group of Church of England clergymen, with the backing of the Archbishop of Canterbury, were looking to found a boarding school with the prime purpose of educating the sons of clergy. Hearing that the Castle Inn at Marlborough was vacant, they took a lease on it and so Marlborough College started in August 1843 with the admission of its first 199 boys.
When the notion of a Summer School at Marlborough College was first discussed in the early 1970s there was understandably some difference of opinion. There were those who viewed with alarm the prospect of College property being used by outsiders and those who felt strongly that such impressive facilities ought not to remain idle for all the weeks of the school holidays.