Where are the other students from?
What are the advantages of studying in Marlborough?
Who looks after the students at night and during the weekends?
What happens if a student has a medical issue during their stay?
Can the students share a room?
What are the rules at the summer camp?
What skills will the students learn during their stay?
Are the students allowed to carry mobile phones?
Am I allowed to contact my child during their stay?
Are the students allowed visitors?
Can a student arrive early or depart late?
My child is not very independent; will they be able to cope?
Is it safe for the students to go into town on their own?
Can a student do just one or two weeks?
How many hours of class are there each day?
Will my child be lonely?
How do I know which course is right for my child?
Do you test the students’ level at the start of the course?
What will the students take home at the end of the course?
Are course materials supplied?
Is there a laundry service?
The course attracts students from a diverse range of countries from all over the world. Every afternoon is spent with a mix of international and British students. The common language on the course is always English.
There are many advantages to studying in Marlborough. The school itself is historic with beautiful buildings and a safe, leafy campus. It is close to, but separate from the traditional market town of Marlborough with all the necessary amenities. The staff team is incredibly enthusiastic, knowledgeable and caring and always goes the extra mile to make sure the students are enjoying themselves and developing as a person. The methodology of the classes is designed to provide an incredibly rich learning experience which is integrated with the course as a whole to achieve our personal development goals. Our students say they leave Marlborough feeling happier and more confident from the experience.
The incredible team of teachers is on hand at all times during the course. Some of the teachers also act as house-parents overseeing the pastoral care of the students and the course director also lives in the boarding house for the whole course.
We have a professional medical service on site during the summer course and a doctor’s surgery in the town which students can visit if needed. The hospital in Swindon is a short drive away.
No, the students cannot share a room. The boarding houses we use do not have twin rooms and it is incredibly important that the students get good sleep during their time at Marlborough due to the intense nature of the course.
Our one fundamental rule is to be kind and respectful to others at all times. All other rules stem from that and as long as we stick to that one everything runs smoothly with happy staff and happy students!
An almost endless amount of new skills will be learnt on the course. The core skills that we base the course around however are those of critical thinking, the ability to embrace challenge and change, and the ability to collaborate and work as a team. Language skills, of course, underpin everything that we do.
The students are allowed to carry their mobile phones. However, we find that their use can at times infringe on or dilute the experience at Marlborough. For this reason, we say that the mobile phones should not be used during any classes (unless instructed by the teacher), afternoon or evening activities or weekend excursions, nor should they be used at lunch or dinner times. Likewise, mobile phones should not be used at night- the course is highly intensive and good sleep is essential for getting the most out of the course. If a member of staff finds a student using their mobile phone at an inappropriate time we reserve the right to confiscate it from the student for a time.
Of course! We would just ask that you try to choose a time that will not disturb class time, activities or their precious sleep! If you have any problems getting in touch with your child at any time you can always contact the course director directly.
In general, we like to give the students the space to really enjoy their immersive experience at Marlborough with minimal distraction. Occasionally a parent might want to pop in to visit their child which is, of course, permitted; however, we would suggest that the students tend to flourish when left to adjust to their new independence and to integrate with their new friends. Visitors are not allowed to stay the night in the boarding house at any time.
No, there will not be any staff available to take care of your child if they arrive early or depart late.
Marlborough is the perfect place for a student to develop their independence. The campus itself is safe and easy to navigate and during summer school there are always plenty of members of staff on hand to point people in the right direction. In addition to this, one of the biggest barriers to independence is confidence, something which we help to develop during the course.
In a word: yes. However, we do insist that all students who go into town go in with at least one other student and that a member of staff always knows that they are there. For anybody under the age of 16 visiting town a member of staff will be in the vicinity in case any assistance is needed. If you have any concerns about your child visiting town, don’t hesitate to contact us and we can discuss this in more detail.
We do not recommend that anybody does one week only – this is simply not enough time for the objectives of the course to be achieved. For the Learn English course we offer two- or four-week courses, whereas the Open Minds course is only available as a four-week course.
There are three hours of classroom-based teaching in the morning Monday to Friday.
It is very unlikely that your child will be lonely during their time at Marlborough. The students are so busy every day and always surrounded by people. Clearly whenever a child is away from home there is potential for homesickness but the staff team is exceptionally caring and is very good at dealing with these kinds of things.
At the School of English and we offer two distinct courses. The first, our Learn English course, focuses more on language acquisition whilst still incorporating a communicative and intellectually challenging programme. This is suitable for all English levels. The second course is our Open Minds course which is a totally new concept and focuses on developing intellectual skills such as critical thinking and independent learning, and on learning through academic discourse, debate and collaboration. This course is better suited to higher level learners (Intermediate +) or native speakers. For more information, please see the chart here (insert link to course differences chart).
For students on the Learn English course the students will be tested on the first morning of their course before being placed in level appropriate classes. For the Open Minds course no such testing will take place but we reserve the right to move a student onto the Learn English course if their English is not up to the rigours of the course.
At the end of the course the students will take home a record of achievement detailing the areas of study covered on the course and a certificate with their scores for effort and the end of course assessment. They will also take home a folder containing their study materials from the course.
Yes, all materials for the academic course are provided.
Yes, we do offer a laundry service; however, we also recommend packing plenty of clothes as many of the activities involve being outside and some may involve getting muddy or wet. This is the British summer!