ANYONE FOR GOLF?
School life extends well beyond the classroom at Marlborough House, where co-curricular opportunities now include golf on the new pitch and putt course, set in the school grounds. The course is complete with a driving range area and practice green, making golf a popular choice for the school’s new activity afternoons; aimed at increasing the enrichment opportunities available within the school day. Headmaster Eddy Newton said: ‘activity afternoons provide pupils with the opportunity to develop different skills, boost confidence and ignite a love of learning through a new hobby’.
In addition to extra-curricular clubs (including astronomy in the onsite observatory), pupils in the Prep School can take part in diverse activities such as trampolining, sign language, coding and well-being, all within the school day. Riding has been another welcome addition to the activity list and the school riding team has benefitted, with recent individual and team wins, qualifying them for the Grass Roots Regional Championships.
It’s a school-wide approach, with the Pre-Prep restructuring their day and introducing daily co-curricular afternoons, which sit between the likes of PSHE and outdoor story time. Small class sizes and high teacher-pupil rations help too and at the top end of the school, Marlborough House has adopted the Pre-Senior Baccalaureate which celebrates the development of transferrable skills, alongside the acquisition of knowledge, preparing girls and boys for senior school and beyond. This ethos within the school encourages pupils to achieve all-important personal development goals, which inevitably feed through to academic achievements. Indeed, pupils achieve strong results in all areas of school life, with nearly half of the Year 8 leavers winning a senior school scholarship in 2021.