Marlborough House School given ‘Excellent’ rating by Independent Schools Inspectorate


Following a rigorous three-day Ofsted inspection, staff and governors at Marlborough House School in Hawkhurst, Kent, were delighted to be awarded with the highest rating of ‘Excellent’ in all areas in their Inspection Report, which was published in March 2023.

The Prep School, which takes pupils from 2½-13 years, was praised for the pupils’ “excellent academic achievements”, in addition to their “excellent personal development”. Feedback on the school’s individual approach was glowing, with inspectors noting that: “Pupils of all abilities make fast progress from their individual starting points and achieve “high academic standards”, with pupils acquiring “excellent knowledge, skills and understanding across the curriculum”.

The school’s modern, skills-based approach to the curriculum was also commended for enabling pupils to “develop effective skills for learning and for life”.

As a school with a strong set of values at its core and a robust personal development programme, it is no surprise that inspectors found that: “Pupils of all ages show high levels of self-knowledge, self-confidence, determination and resilience. Marlborough House’s ethos centres around ‘Valuing Self and Others’, and the school was delighted that the report repeatedly identified pupils as a wonderful combination of “confident” and “respectful”. Indeed, in interviews with inspectors, children themselves described the pupil body as “incredibly friendly, kind and respectful”.

Mr Newton, Head of Marlborough House, thanked the school community for their support: “We are very proud of our pupils and the remarkable recognition that they have received. A huge thank you goes to our talented and committed staff and the whole school community.

“Next year, the school will mark its 150th anniversary, and this exceptional, independent review of MHS is a wonderful starting point for our celebrations,” Mr Newton added.

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