Life at Marlborough House extends well beyond the classroom where extra-curricular trips and activities enrich children’s experiences, developing the skills children will need to thrive as adults in the 21st century.
The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision is excellent
Our club programme alone offers over 70 clubs a year and there is no additional charge for clubs run by MHS teachers and coaches.
There is plenty to choose from for all ages. The old favourites of Chess, Arts and Crafts, and Karate are complemented by new clubs such as Mindfulness Colouring, Entrepreneurship, Construction and Music Technology.
However, we have also been mindful of the importance of unstructured play, ‘free time’, which is precious in childhood and can sometimes get squeezed out in ever more busy days.
The majority of our clubs are after-school, so our children have break and lunch times free for playing with friends and enjoying our wonderful grounds and woodlands.
Lego Master Builders
Guildhall Speech and Drama
TRIPS AND ACTIVITIES
We firmly believe in the importance of a well-rounded education, where activities beyond the academic curriculum enrich children’s experiences. Trips and visits are a regular and exciting part of school life at Marlborough House. During the school year, pupils experience a wide range of daily and residential outings that enhance their classroom learning, help them bond with their classmates and enable them to compete with other schools at fixtures and tournaments played away from home.
These trips can be part of the subject curriculum, or extra-curricular activities both at home and abroad. We believe that the knowledge and experience gained beyond the classroom can consolidate and extend the taught curriculum within it.
Isle of Wight Geography Trip
The National Gallery
The Science Museum
Farm visits for Pre-Prep and Nursery
Trips include the Year 5 camping adventure at Bewl Water and Boarders enjoy a range of outings including a Christmas shopping trip and bowling.
For our older children we have the annual Ski Trip to the Alps, a bi-annual Classics Trip to Italy, a French Trip and a Spanish Trip.
An excellent range of educational visits further enhances the curriculum
At Marlborough House we work hard and play hard and no more so than the senior children in the lead up to and after their final exams. Once Common Entrance exams are over, our jam-packed Leavers' Programme kicks in and Year 8 takes on a busy schedule of residential field trips involving high octane physical challenges and team building exercises.
Confidence-boosting drama workshops where the children try their hands at script writing, animation, set design, direction and acting are a popular feature and we run courses in leadership, life skills and self-awareness which prove valuable for the journey ahead. The Leavers' Programme is also peppered with "down time" when the children can attend more relaxed social events together such as trips to the seaside and team gatherings for gastronomic feasts.
Every year we see the children complete the programme and head for pastures new with old fears conquered, friendships strengthened, confidence at an all time high and an infectious optimism as they approach the next stage of their journeys into senior school and beyond. The MHS Leavers' Programme gives children the chance to say their proper farewells to friends and staff in a last and unforgettable hurrah.
This last term has been a great experience and shown me that the friends I've made are friends for life.
Year 8 Leaver