Welcome to Marlborough a learning community that I am immensely proud of and one that continues to flourish through a combination of dedicated staff, strong leadership at all levels and a student body who endeavour to embrace their learning opportunities with relish.
So much has changed here at Marlborough over the years in terms of improvements and innovation that it is hard to know where to start. Our Ofsted grading of ‘Good’ across the board, which we were awarded last year seems like a long time ago now, and even since then I believe our school has continued to improve. Our focus is always on raising aspirations through excellent teaching and learning based firmly on positive student relationships. A happy child will learn and with pathways designed to inspire every learner, we do all that we can to ensure that your child feels motivated, inspired and cared for.
School life should be all about developing talents, skills and maturity and we believe very firmly that this needs to happen inside and outside of the classroom. All of our students have access to wonderful trips such as China, India, France and Italy, extra-curricular clubs such as chess, cheerleading, Mandarin, Latin, reading club and of course all the sports.
Our results continue to improve and look set to keep up this trend. All our students who leave post 16 education achieve their desired destinations including the Russell Group Universities and in some areas given personal choice and ambition, full time employment. We have also developed strong links with the local business community and many of our students have gone on to study apprenticeships at every level.
Our Gifted and Talented students are identified at an early age and encouraged to aim for the best they can possibly do using ACES days, visits to Oxford and Cambridge and external mentors to support the application processes.
To extend provision for students at Post 16, we are now working within the Alban Learning Partners consortium including schools such as Loreto, STAGS, Townsend and Samuel Ryder. Smart business dress has been introduced Post 16 and we continue to be proud of our track record regarding Post 16 results, which continue to put us in the top 3 schools within St. Albans. Our apprenticeship programme is also significantly developed and offers alternative routes to students for whom university life is not their chosen route. Our newly introduced Cadets Force in partnership with St. Albans Boys is also proving to be immensely popular!
The role of the parents is crucial in helping us get it right for you and your child. I hold a Headteacher’s surgery every Tuesday and I am happy to meet with parents, should they wish to discuss any issues or concerns. Getting involved with our amazing PTA is also a good way of immersing yourself in school life and there are also a number of opportunities arising throughout the year to become a school governor. We know your involvement in your child’s learning makes a massive difference in so many ways and your engagement with the school and staff is encouraged and appreciated.
To conclude, as I wrote earlier, I could go on and on about the qualities that I think makes our school unique, but hopefully now that you are part of our community or considering being part of our community, you will see and experience the Marlborough factor for yourselves.