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Palma non sine pulvere Brockhurst and Marlston House School
Twin schools combining the best features of single-sex and co-education for children aged two and a half to thirteen

General information


The school nurse, Mrs A. Whitehead, is a qualified State Registered Nurse. The School Doctor makes regular weekly visits and any medical treatment is arranged by Mrs Whitehead in consultation with him and with a girl's parents. Should any girl become ill or injure herself, she will be cared for by the matrons in the sick bay and the School Doctor will attend if required.


Most girls are admitted in September but it is not uncommon for girls to enter at other times subject to the availability of places.

The Pre-Prep

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The Prep Schools

The school day begins at 8.30 am. There is a breakfast club from 7.45am.

For children aged between 6 and 7 years, the school day ends at 3.45pm. Inclusive of the fees at Year Three, there is an optional after school activities club 'Carousel' which runs until 5.50pm.

For children aged 7+ years (Year 4) and above, the school day ends at 5.50pm

Scholarships and Bursaries

The Brockhurst Centenary Scholarship and Marlston House Foundation Scholarship are competed for each year, the value of which is one third of the fees. It is tenable throughout the successful candidate's career at the schools.

Bursaries are awarded to younger siblings and also to sons of former pupils. Additional awards may be made from time to time at the discretion of the school to children who have particular talents. Further details of awards may be obtained from the Headmaster and Headmistress.

Entry at 9 or over (Boarders and Day-Girls)

Girls may enter the school where vacancies occur at 9 or over. Normally, few difficulties are experienced in accommodating them to the curriculum at the appropriate stage. Special help can be given to them to catch up where necessary.

Those who start as day-girls often choose to become boarders in their last two years, if they have not done so earlier. Where appropriate, flexi-boarding - staying for some nights each week –m allows a gentle introduction and makes it possible for girls to take advantage of the ethos and traditions of a boarding school. As well as enabling girls to take a full share in the hobbies and activities offered in the evenings and at week-ends, boarding prepares them to meet the demands that will be made on them at their next school and the challenge of increasing responsibility as prefects.

School fees and notice of withdrawal

The school fees and terms and conditions relating to their payment are given on a separate sheet enclosed with this prospectus.

The Heads’ reserve the right to require the withdrawal of any pupil who, in the Heads’ opinion, is not making satisfactory progress or whose continued presence in the school would not be conducive to the promotion of its aims and ethos.

The terms and conditions set out on this website may be amended from time to time and its provisions, subject to any such amendments, shall continue to apply for the whole period a pupil continues to attend the school, irrespective of age. The admission and retention of a pupil is conditional on an acceptance of them.


Brockhurst and Marlston House schools Ltd are owned by the Trustees of the John Park Settlement Trusts.  They are administered by a board of Directors and a Senior Leadership Team (SLT) comprising the Heads and senior staff.  An Oversight Panel of Governors, appointed by the Directors and principally drawn from former and current parents of the school, provides advice and oversight of the schools’ management, and representation of parents of pupils currently in the schools. 

Both the Directors and the members of the Oversight Panel of Governors can be contacted through the school office.  A current list of Directors, the SLT, staff and Governors can be found on the school’s web site.

Find us

Brockhurst and Marlston House Schools
Hermitage, Newbury
Berkshire RG18 9UL

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Contact us

Tel: 01635 200293

Email: (Mrs Emma Ellis-Davies)

Webmaster: (Nick Park)

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