When children move up to become Seniors in Years 7 and 8, they experience the full breadth of opportunities available to them at MHS. At every stage our children are keen to get the very most out of every experience they are offered whether it is through delivering a presentation, the leadership opportunities, overseas trips or taking part in the Year 8 Leavers' Programme. This all forms part of our enriched provision for our Seniors, offering pupils a more varied and personalised approach to the curriculum.
Supported by our broad curriculum, activity afternoons and club programme, our children achieve in all areas of school life. More importantly, they do not take the opportunities they have for granted; rather their experiences here help build self-assured individuals.
In addition, in Years 7 and 8 we offer the Pre-Senior Baccalaureate which provides a curriculum framework, highlighting the importance of skills. This sits alongside our well-established emphasis on character and values at Marlborough House, helping children to develop practical wisdom that will serve them long after they leave us for senior school.
At Marlborough House, we firmly believe that all children should be encouraged to 'reach for the stars' and that talent and excellence should be recognised and celebrated whenever and wherever we see it. We want children to follow their own passions and interests to allow them to become the best version of themselves, and so the timetable becomes more flexible to suit this more individualised approach. Trips, guest speakers and the opportunity to choose, are key aspects of a varied and thoughtful approach to Years 7 and 8.
All pupils receive individualised preparation for their senior school entrance tests, including interview practice and dedicated lessons. Our internal scholarship provision begins in Year 7, with our most able and talented pupils receiving both challenge in lessons and additional extension groups. All pupils receive extra help and mentoring appropriate to their needs, while from the Summer Term of Year 7, pupils start to work towards scholarship entrance exams for their senior school. Bespoke groups run alongside classroom lessons, to ensure that their preparation is personalised to the very different expectation of each senior school’s scholarship requirements.
The results of our support can be seen year in, year out in the scholarships and first choice places that our pupils secure at their senior schools.
With a focused head at the helm, and now embedded PSB programme for the final two years, the spirit and strengths of this school are secure. Strong academically, parents agree with Mr Newton’s assessment that ‘the warmth is genuine here and individual attention to each child is fantastic; that’s where we excel.’ The school goes far beyond academic results and prides itself on the development of the whole child – very much the ethos behind the PSB.
Year 4 were lucky enough to be visited by Hastings' very own Willy Wonka: James Bridger from Coastal Cocoa (Coastal Cocoa - Hand-made chocolate shop from Hastings, East Sussex).Continue Reading
Year 4 were lucky enough to visit the Observation Science Centre to explore forces and see the fascinating telescopes.Continue Reading
Calling all bookworms!Continue Reading
Problem solving, outdoor play, tools, focus, hands-on learning, risk management, good company, fresh air, confidence building - it must be another Forest School session!Continue Reading
We are pleased to have supported Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week.Continue Reading
On Wednesday morning, Year 5 headed off to Steven’s Farm, the apple orchard and arable farm in Hawkhurst, owned and farmed by the family of our very own Mrs Budd.Continue Reading
To support music beyond the curriculum at MHS, there are lots of musical clubs available for pupils in the Prep School to join during the School day. Pupils will also have the opportunity to perform at School events such as our termly informal concerts and additional Prep School events.Continue Reading
On a very wet day in December, Tara B, Erin C, Emma E and Jack G jumped their way into 4th position regionally in the 60cm at the NSEA South East Grass Roots Show Jumping Regional Final. Congratulations to them all, including new rider Poppy E who achieved a well-deserved 8th place in the 40cm...Continue Reading
Year 8 visited The Salvation Army in Hastings to deliver the huge number of children's gift bags that were generously donated by the Marlborough House community. Whilst with the charity, they were filmed by BBC South East sorting presents and making up additional gift bags.Continue Reading
Year 3 looked splendid in their Victorian outfits as we set off on a sparkling crisp morning for The Museum of Kent Life.Continue Reading
The Victorian Christmas performed by Year 3 was absolutely magical.Continue Reading
On Thursday 7th December, our Year 8 girls were transported to Rydell High School in the 1950s as they watched a foot-tapping, hand-jiving, rock-and-rolling performance of ‘Grease’ at Claremont Senior School.Continue Reading