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At Marling School, we are ambitious for our students and they thrive in a vibrant academic environment that provides pace, challenge and support. We place an emphasis on the development of skills alongside knowledge so that our students become active learners prepared for both further education and for their place in an increasingly global society. Our younger students benefit enormously from time spent with our sixth form students helping them to develop their confidence and their skills.

Our school motto is Abeunt Studia in Mores which we translate to mean “Let us go forward through study to character” or more simply put “What you learn here will shape your actions in life”. Our aim is for Marling students to learn to be independent thinkers who take responsibility for their learning and their success, who believe in freedom and equality and who will join society as citizens of principle taking an interest in the world around them. We set out to achieve this through our mission statement: RAISING ASPIRATIONS, INSPIRING EXCELLENCE, SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

When you visit us, I am sure that you will be impressed by the courtesy and confidence of our students. We want them to enjoy school and I am confident that you will see how enthusiastic and engaged they are in their education and how proud they are of their school.

Dr Stuart Wilson, Headteacher

Raising Aspirations, Inspiring Excellence, Succeeding Together

We will

Raise Aspirations 

  • Be ambitious for our students and encourage them to be adaptable and independent thinkers who take responsibility for their learning and strive to succeed, both now and in the future
  • Provide opportunities and experiences that empower each and every one of us to reach our potential

 Inspire Excellence

  • Keep the pursuit of excellence at the heart of everything we do, demonstrating our commitment to continuous improvement
  • Recognise our achievements and celebrate our success at every opportunity

Succeed Together

  • Work together as one team to create a vibrant school, where staff and students embrace opportunities to learn and thrive in an environment of tolerance and respect
  • Develop partnerships that support learning and the personal and social development of our students and embrace local, national and global opportunities that enrich the school and the wider community
Promoting British Values

Marling School is committed to serving the community. The school recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, it also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Marling School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.

The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

The five British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Personal responsibility and individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

The school uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways Marling School seeks to embed British values.

The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Marling School, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for House Captains and House Council members. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in form time and assemblies. E.g. The study of Parliament and the democratic process in the UK is studied by students in Year 8 during history lessons.

The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Marling School.

Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the student code of conduct and student expectations. Students are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us through Life Skills lessons and assemblies. The responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the local PSCO help to reinforce this message. E.g. In Year 10 English lessons the rule of law is taught through the book ‘A View from a Bridge’ and in Year 7 History the formation of Law and the Magna Carta is explored.

Individual Liberty
At Marling School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices e.g. each student in Year 11 has an individual IAG meeting to help them make decisions about their future studies, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Marling School educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.

Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and Tutor Time work. The rule of law and democracy and individual liberty are specifically covered in RS at GCSE.

Marling has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour Policy.

Mutual Respect
Respect is a strong part of Marling School and is part of its Core Values. Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through teaching and learning environments. We write reports to the students and ensure all students take responsibility for their own actions.

Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment with Marling’s ethos being that the thoughts and answers of all are respected. This can be seen through lesson observations and during class discussions where the opinions of all students are taken into account.

Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students benefit from a number of international visitors, including students from other countries and cultures. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all students up to KS4, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. We are very proud of our multi-faith day in Year 8 which gives our students the opportunity to experience a range of differing religions and the British cultures associated with these religions.

Marling School strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our society.

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Marling School Governors


Marling School’s governing body, and the leadership team, share a challenging vision for the school of raising aspirations, inspiring excellence and succeeding together.

We want Marling School to be an exceptional and inclusive school which is the destination of choice for able students in the local area and beyond. We aim to provide unique opportunities for every student to excel, and we encourage, challenge and support them to achieve their full academic potential and become lifelong independent learners. As future citizens, we wish to imbue the moral values, confidence and resilience needed to define and achieve their life aspirations through both future employment and as members of the society in which they live.

Through rigorous governance of the school’s improvement plan and budget, and through support and challenge of the leadership team, we will help the school to achieve its potential in a cost effective and sustainable way. We believe that school improvement is underpinned by sharing best practise and we will proactively seek opportunities to grow our capability and capacity through alliances and partnerships.

Our Governors are:

  • Ms Amanda Arrowsmith - Governor
  • Mr Graham Ayre - Parent Governor
  • Mr Chris Baldwin - Governor
  • Mrs Alison Campbell-Black - Parent Governor
  • Mrs Rebecca Castledine - Parent Governor
  • Mrs Eilis Cope - Governor
  • Mr John Gilbert - Governor - Vice Chair
  • Mr Muir Mathieson - Governor - Chair (contact: 
  • Mr Nigel Riglar - Governor 
  • Miss Caryn Roberts - Governor
  • Mr Andrew Wilson - Staff Governor
  • Dr Stuart Wilson - Headteacher


Key Information
Governing Body Public Minutes
From September 2018, the ratified minutes of the School Development Board meetings will be published on the website for 18 months, owing to space restrictions. If you would like to see a copy of the ratified SDB/LGB minutes prior to this, but after Academy conversion, please contact the Clerk to Governors at Marling School: Hannah Kelly (
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Marling School Parent Staff Association

The Marling Parent and Staff Association (Marling PSA) is a voluntary organisation entirely made up of parents of Marling School students and a number of very dedicated School staff.

We have the interests of our students at heart and take great pride in our School. A number of times a year we run activities that raise money to assist the School with the funding of educational items that fall outside normal funding mechanisms. Over the last year the PSA has spent over £10,000 on extra equipment such as new Library books, IT for the PE department, stage lighting for the School Hall, camera equipment for the Art department and Art display units. The PSA also pay for the School Minibus, a vital resource for the School.

Please join us to support the School as much as we can. To contact the PSA, please email 

Easyfundraising The PSA are registered with easyfundraising. This means that if you buy items from websites such as Amazon, M&S and Tesco Direct through the easyfundraising website the PSA will automatically receive a charitable contribution. This works for personal purchases and can also be used to purchase items for your business or workplace. This is a very simple and easy way to raise money for the School so please make use of the easyfundraising link whenever you purchase online.

2nd Hand Uniform
The PSA collect, store and supply 2nd hand school uniform to help raise funds for the School, as well as support parents' pockets! Please see the attached document for more information. If you have saleable items that are no longer required, please drop them into Reception.

Thank you.
Gift Aid Form
If you are making a contribution to the PSA and you are a UK taxpayer, please complete the form below so that we can make up your contribution with a valuable tax rebate. Thank you.
Marling History
Old Marlingtonians' Association

The Old Marlingtonians' Associaton (OMA) was formed in 1925 by the former Head of Marling School  H.W. Carter (1919-1944) who was also the Association's President for its inaugural ten years.

One of the functions he wished the OMA to serve was "the providing for old boys and the School of opportunities for mutual service".

Through annual subscriptions and fundraising activities, the OMA have contributed several items towards the School including:

  • the World War I and II memorial boards in the School Hall
  • the lectern and oak chair in the School Hall
  • the Clock Tower on the Cricket Pavillion
  • the portrait of H.W. Carter to celebrate its Jubilee in 1975

More recent contributions include:

  • funding the re-mounting of the stone balls on the pillars which punctuate the railings
  • funding resources to protect the School archives
  • paying for the restoration of the Sir Samuel Stephens Marling portrait
  • funding equipment for the School Gym
  • paying for the specialist IT equipment needed to support the Music curriculum

Keep up to date with what is happening at Marling School by joining the Old Marlingtonians' Association. Please complete the form below and return to Jennie Varley, Membership Secretary (

To contact the chair of the OMA, please email John Payne -

Marling History
The School was founded in 1887 through the generosity and public spirit of Sir Samuel Marling, Sir Francis Hyett, Mr S S Dickinson, and other local benefactors. Its roots, however, go much further back into the past, for it inherited the endowments of the Red Coat School which was founded in Stroud in 1642 by Thomas Webb, the St Chloe School founded at Amberley by Nathaniel Cambridge in 1699, and the educational charities established in the 17th and 18th centuries by William Johns, Robert Aldridge, and others.

By the Education Act of 1944 the School was constituted a Voluntary Controlled Grammar School under the Gloucestershire Education Committee. In 1965 the School was amalgamated with the Stroud Secondary Technical School for Boys which had itself been founded on a neighbouring site in 1910. The School thus became fully selective, four-form entry and Voluntary Controlled. Marling adopted Grant Maintained Status in 1990, converting to Foundation status under the aegis of the LEA in September 1999.

Marling School is an 11 to 18 boys' school with a current student population of 965. In 1996, Marling and Stroud High School collaborated at Sixth Form level, thereby enriching the curriculum and options available to their students. As both schools have grown significantly in student numbers, this collaboration now comes to an end as both schools embark on offering their own co-educational 6th forms from September 2019. The School has a wide range of clubs and activities for all year groups, covering educational and cultural opportunities in addition to leisure and recreational based interests. In recent years school expeditions and trips have visited the continents of Africa, Asia and the Americas in addition to Modern Language exchange visits to Europe, Geography trips to Iceland and Skiing in Europe and Canada.

Marling has always had a significant role to play in the community and intends to further these links in the future.