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 a diverse range of students from all over the world. This includes native and non-native English speakers. Students will take part in lessons and activities with a mix of international and British students. The common language used 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 people. 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.
Everyone in our incredible team of teachers performs both a residential and a pastoral role during the course. Each house has a designated ‘house parent’ who will be a point of contact for the students, though all of our staff- including the Course Director- are available to support students at all times for the duration of the 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.
We offer two accommodation options for students: individual rooms, or a shared room with one other student. If a student wishes to share a room, they will be paired up with another member of the course of the same gender who is no more than one year older or younger than them.
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.
We do not allow students to keep their mobile phones with them, as we have found them to be detrimental to the students’ experience at Marlborough. Please see our Mobile Phone Policy page for more information.
Of course! We encourage students to speak to family members during their designated phone time. Though we do have a strict mobile phone policy, this is to encourage students to engage fully with the activities and is not designed to restrict communication. The Course Director’s phone will be made available to students at any time they may wish to make a phone call home. In addition, the Course Director will be contactable at all times and is happy to answer any questions and provide updates throughout the course.
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. Both of our courses are available as either two- or four-week courses. However we would encourage students applying to Open Minds to choose the four week option as our modules are designed to complement and develop the themes over the four week period, building on the ideas discussed in the previous modules.
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 noticing and responding to situations such as this one.
At the Marlborough College Open Minds we offer two slightly different courses, Open English and Open Minds. Both courses focus on developing intellectual skills such as critical thinking and independent learning, while exploring some big questions around contemporary issues. Open English is designed for students who would like to continue to acquire specific language skills and offers extra support in this area. Open Minds is better suited to native speakers and high-level learners.
Students on the Open English course will be be placed in groups according to their level (A2 - C1) and will complete a short level test on the first morning of their course to help us form level-appropriate classes. There will be no level test for the Open Minds course, as applicants for this course are required to complete a short pre-course task and interview prior to their arrival. We reserve the right to move a student onto the Open English course if we feel they would benefit from extra language support.
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. Following completion of the course, students will be sent a report detailing their progression and achievements on 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!