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Palma non sine pulvere Brockhurst and Marlston House School

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Twin schools combining the best features of single-sex and co-education for children aged two and a half to thirteen
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Academic Curriculum

Marlston House prepares girls for Common Entrance and Scholarship exams at the age of 13 to leading senior Independent Schools. Some girls join their senior schools at 11 or 12 years of age depending on the entry requirements. We have never been a feeder for a particular senior Independent school because we believe that the choice of a school should suit the attributes of the child. Consequently, our pupils go on to a very wide range of schools according to their abilities. A notably high proportion win academic, music, art, drama and sports awards on entry and a list of recent successes can be found on our web site.

Marlston House teaches a very wide curriculum which encompasses a generous allocation in every girl’s timetable for Music, Art, Drama and Sport. All girls study English, Mathematics, Science, French, IT and Design Technology, History, Geography and Scripture from the outset, and are introduced to Latin in Year 5 and another modern foreign language thereafter.

Girls sitting for scholarships are also taught Greek. The school has a well-equipped ICT suite, and computing including programming and robotics is taught to all girls as a subject in its own right as well as being used in other subjects as an aid to learning.

Considerable advantage is taken of field trips and outings both locally and further afield including to France and to the school’s field studies centre on Exmoor.


Parents are informed of their children's progress through regular written reports and meetings with teachers, Deputy Heads and the Head. The school is continually looking to refine and improve the quality of education it provides.


Pupils' progress is closely monitored and assessed. The school streams pupils according to ability and operates a setting system in some subjects in the senior part of the school. In addition, there is a scholarship set in the final year.At the Head's determination, able pupils may at any point be moved up by a year for their academic work and these pupils will be directed towards scholarship entrance papers.

The Gifted and Talented programme monitors exceptional ability throughout the school.  Talented pupils are invited to join the Quest Club and Debating Society both of which are designed to add challenge and enrichment to the curriculum.


Pupils demonstrate high levels of self-esteem and self-confidence due to the positive environment created by the school.

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

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Tel: 01635 200293

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