Relocate Editorial 10 November 2023
Described by Singapore’s Tatler as ‘Asia’s only authentic British boarding school’ Marlborough College Malaysia (MCM) offers a co-educational British education in an international setting with over 40 countries represented among the school community. The College has been ranked as one of the top 125 private schools in the world for three consecutive years, and delivers a comprehensive and well rounded education for pupils aged 3-18, conveniently located a short distance from the Singapore border.
The College benefits from an expansive 90 acre campus providing pupils with the ideal learning environment and ample space to explore along with excellent facilities. Marlborough College Malaysia offers an engaging and balanced curriculum and their IB Diploma and IGCSE courses are complemented by a rich and varied co-curricular programme.
The unique blend of British education with an international perspective means that pupils are equipped with the skills, knowledge and global awareness necessary to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.
MCM pupils achieve excellent academic results year on year.
Since its opening in 2012, the College has consistently surpassed the global average for IB Diploma results. In 2023 the average score was 33 points, equivalent to two straight A grades at A-Level. This impressive performance has paved the way for MCM pupils to gain admission to prestigious universities worldwide with 93% taking up places at their first or second choice university in 2023. IGCSE results are equally strong. The average grade attained by students in 2023 was an A, with 41% of pupils receiving 9 or more A*/A grades, reflecting the high standards of teaching and learning at the College.
An Enriching Curriculum
The College offers a distinctive blend of academic excellence and holistic development making it an exceptional choice for parents seeking a well-rounded education for their children. The College understands that the best learning takes place by integrating academics with a rich variety of co-curricular activities, ensuring pupils develop new skills and broaden their horizons.
Learning broadly follows and extends the British National curriculum which is supported by a wide range of enrichment activities including clubs, societies, lectures, museum, gallery and theatre trips, conferences and concerts along with educational trips to other countries.
Highly trained staff, the majority of which are from the UK, deliver an exceptional learning environment where pupils are encouraged to take on challenges and adopt a growth mindset. This, along with small class sizes ensure that students receive personalised attention and support when needed and individuals are encouraged to actively participate in discussions and ask questions. Marlborough College Malaysia also prioritises learning by employing specialist teachers who are experts in their respective fields. Even the very youngest pupils in the Pre-Prep School are taught by specialist teachers for subjects like Music, Mandarin, and Swimming.
All pupils are encouraged to explore and enjoy the Arts. With dedicated theatre spaces and music practice rooms, every pupil has the opportunity to develop their unique talents. The Drama Department in both the Prep and Senior School run multiple productions throughout the year fostering a love of performing and an enriching educational experience for all. The Music Department produce several concerts each term and both the Prep and Senior Schools have their own respective choirs. There are also a number of additional instrumental ensembles that pupils can be a part of ranging from Classical to Jazz, Rock and Pop.
Situated on a sprawling 90-acre site, the campus at Marlborough College Malaysia offers pupils a wealth of possibilities. Pupils can take advantage of the beautiful lake and often enjoy various watersport activities such as paddleboarding or kayaking. The expansive grounds also includes a dedicated space for Forest School providing pupils with hands-on experiences in nature, promoting curiosity, exploration, and a deep appreciation for the environment. Additionally, the award-winning Barton Farm allows all students to cultivate their own produce, fostering a sense of responsibility and connection to the natural world.
Sporting enthusiasts are also well catered for at Marlborough College Malaysia. The campus features two outdoor swimming pools, including a dedicated pool for younger pupils. For those seeking a challenge, the indoor climbing wall offers an exhilarating experience. There are also many tennis and netball courts, rugby and football pitches, as well as a golf driving range, a dedicated gymnastics area, full athletics track, and a state-of-the-art gym, ensuring that students have access to the best sports facilities to support their physical well-being.
A nurturing environment
Pupils of Marlborough College Malaysia belong to a community steeped in the tradition of placing compassion, companionship and conversation at the heart of its educational philosophy with a history, spanning over 175 years, of holistic education and academic excellence. The College takes great pride in its award-winning pastoral care, ensuring that every pupil is comprehensively supported through their academic, emotional and physical growth. Boarding is popular at the College.
Full Boarding allows pupils to fully immerse themselves in the vast array of activities available on the 90 acre campus and the weekend activity programme is thoughtfully designed to provide a range of opportunities. For families seeking flexibility and choice, the option of Weekly Boarding is available, which allows pupils to return home for the weekend, particularly convenient for those based in Singapore.
A rich heritage
Marlborough College Malaysia is proud to share in the proud heritage and traditions of its counterpart Marlborough College UK and there is a close connection between the two schools. As well as regular exchanges and visits between the two organisations, the Old Marlburian network, which spans both schools, enables alumni the opportunity to connect and communicate with each other. A joint networking platform and app called MC Global Connect enables Old Marlburians the opportunity to find a mentor, post jobs, request work experience or simply search for other alumni in a similar field or location. With over 10,000 members from around the world, this community provides a vast network of opportunities for Old Marlburians to engage and collaborate with like-minded individuals.
Marlborough College Malaysia offers a truly exceptional educational experience for all its pupils by nurturing well-rounded individuals who excel academically and have the opportunity to explore their creative talents. By providing a supportive and enriching environment, all individuals are able to thrive and succeed equipping them to reach their full potential allowing them to become confident adults ready to make a positive impact in the world.
- Sister school to Marlborough College UK
- Asia’s only authentic British boarding school” Singapore Tatler
- Top 125 Schools Carfax Education, School Index 2023
- UK National Curriculum, IGCSE and IB Diploma
- Outstanding, international award-winning pastoral care
- Co-educational Boarding and Day School
- Lifelong membership to the Old Marlburian Network worldwide
- Holder of COBIS Beacon School status and the Strategic Leadership Award, ISC Research.