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11th July - 7th August 2021


Applications for School of English and Culture summer courses for 2021 are now open. If you were previously booked on to a 2020 course and did not ask for your booking to be cancelled, your place is secure and your application can be completed at your earliest convenience.

In the current climate of uncertainty, we realise that circumstances may alter between now and next summer. We will be as flexible as we possibly can if Covid-19 means your plans need to change and you can request a refund at any time up to 30 June 2021 without losing your deposit.

You can also rest assured that we will operate in line with government guidelines around social distancing and safety to ensure the wellbeing of all our guests and staff.

About Us

A unique opportunity for teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years old to learn and grow with a diverse group of students from all over the world and in beautiful rural English surroundings.

Note this is only a guide, not a guarantee.

Our Open English and Open Minds courses offer an opportunity for students to unleash their creative and intellectual potential with appropriate language tuition and support. 

About Us

The Marlborough College School of English and Culture combines a unique educational programme with a full timetable of unusual and engaging activities designed to help students challenge themselves creatively and intellectually, allowing them to grow in confidence and explore their capabilities in a supportive and stimulating environment.   

We offer two different courses of morning tuition: Open English and Open Minds. Both the courses on offer at the School of English and Culture are carefully designed to deliver student centered lessons that are built on communication. Students will examine a wide range of topics through discussion, performance and the completion of a project, allowing each student to take ownership of their individual learning process.

The academic syllabus for each course is designed and updated each year by our own tutors, drawing on up to date teaching methodologies and making use of relevant and engaging materials. The lessons are delivered by an experienced team of teachers who are passionate about giving their students a culturally-enriching experience and challenging them to think in new and creative ways.  

Our team has seen the value of creative education first-hand and, as such, this approach is fundamental in all areas of the course, from our morning tuition to our carefully selected programme of afternoon and evening activities, excursions and special guest performances.


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.

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