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Malvern College

School Name: Malvern College
Location: College Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3DF, United Kingdom
Founded Year: 1865
Religion: Inter-denominational
Motto: Sapiens qui prospicit (Wise is the person who looks ahead)
Type: Co-ed
Boarding Age: 13-18
Year Group: Year 8 - Year 13
No. of Students: 663
No. of Boarders: 512
School Facilities:
Entry Requirement:

Entrance assessment- English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning Tests; and Interview

Sixth Form Entry Requirement:
On a minimum of six GCSE’s at A*-B grades (or equivalent qualifi cations) and candidates are expected to achieve grades A or A* in subjects that they wish to study at A Level or IB. Candidates will need a minimum of a C Grade in both English and Mathematics.
Extracurricular Activities:
  • The College also plays a multitude of other sports such as Rackets, Fives, Athletics, Tennis, Squash, Croquet, Basketball, Badminton and Polo. Some boys' hockey and girls' football are played.
  • Activities offered in addition to the academic curriculum include sports (see above), Combined Cadet Force (CCF), the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, First Aid, Orchestra/Band, Orienteering, Outdoor Pursuits, Photography, Practical Engineering, Riding, and Skiing.
  • A wider range of activities depending on the demand may also be available and include, Ballet/Dance, Ceramics, Chess, Choir, Climbing, Community Service.

Contact Details
Director of Admissions:
Giles Vosper - Brown
College Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3DF, United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1684 581500

The School

  • In 2010, the school was, according to OFSTED, ranked 28th among private schools for value added to its student's A Level results, placing it within the top 5% nationally.
  • In 2011, it was 79th among co-ed independent boarding schools for A-Level results. The school's pupils have achieved particularly good results at IB level.
  • GCSE/IGCSE: 92 pupils in Year 11, 93% gaining at least grade C in 8+ subjects, 7% in 5-7 subjects (74% of pupils included English, maths, a science, a humanity and a modern language). A-levels/ IB: 166 in upper sixth. 70 took AS/A-levels, 97% passing in 3+ subjects with an average fi nal point score of 373. Of the 96 taking the IB, 99% passed the diploma with an average of 37.8 IB points.
  • In September 2012 the college opened its first international school, Malvern College Qingdao, in Qingdao, China.


  • Generally, parents register their children up to two years in advance, in order to secure a place at age 13, through sitting a Common Entrance exam (UK), or via the award of an open Academic Scholarship. Sixth Form entry is gained either through a scholarship exam, or by tests in the subjects to be studied.
  • There are two key entry points for a pupil to gain a place at Malvern College. The majority join us at age 13 by taking Common Entrance (UK) or open Academic Scholarship.

Boarding Houses

  • 50% have own study bedroom, 50% in dormitories of up to 11. Houses of approximately 60, same as competitive houses. Pupils can provide and cook own food at times. 1 or 2 fixed weekend leave-outs each term plus a week at half-term. Visits to the local town allowed.

GCSE Subjects

  • Art, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classic, Design and Technology, Economics, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern languages, Physics, Science school, Music, Theology

GCE AL Subject Choice

  • Art, business studies, classical civilisation, design and technology, drama and theatre studies, economics, English literature, geography, Greek, history, history of art, key skills, Latin, mathematics, modern languages (French, German, Spanish), music, music technology, physical education, politics and the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics)

IB Diploma Program

  • In 2011, the school was ranked 18th for the average grades of its IB pupils. In 2012, The Independent review of both A level and IB results, based on government issued statistics, ranked Malvern 32nd in the UK with 1080.7 points, ahead of Harrow (34th), Winchester (73rd), Eton (80th) and Wellington (89th).

2012/13 Boarding Fees# (GBP£) Per Term (3 Terms Per Year)


Remark: #Inclusive of tuition fees but exclusive of miscellaneous fees, such as uniform, extracurricular activities

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