- Ages: 13-18
- Student population: 650
- Avg. class size: Lower school 18-20, Sixth Form 8-12
- School type: Private, Boarding
- Curriculum: British, Intl. Baccalaureate
- Religious Affiliation: Christian
Good To Know
- Meals: Hot & Cold
- After-school care: No
- Learning support: Yes
- Homeschool support: No
- Sibling discount: No
Set deep in the rolling hills of the English countryside, Malvern College is considered one of the great English Independent Schools, their history stretching back to 1865, with their focus always on the future. With a considered balance of academic focus, super curricular and extracurricular motivation, they instil a passion for life-long learning and an openness to new ideas. Their pupils leave ready to excel, embracing the challenges and opportunities that modern life brings.
The staff at Malvern College actively promote a set of well-tested values which they call the Malvern Qualities. They believe these qualities are a foundation for their transformational learning ethos and enable students to grow while they are at Malvern. The qualities define a Malvernian pupil long after they have left school and will equip them for life’s challenges and successes. They become a solid bedrock for the future enabling pupils to adapt and succeed as they progress through the College. These qualities include: Resilience, Self-awareness, Open-mindedness, Kindness, Collaboration, Independence, Integrity, Risk-taking, Curiosity, Ambition and Humility. See this page for more information on Malvern Qualities.
The aim of Malvern College is to developing understanding, not simply remembering, and to instil a passion for life-long learning. Malvern College want their pupils to learn, not just remember. The staff strive for academic success but also celebrate life-long curiosity, the ability to explore and discover more. Their academic programme is broad and rightly challenging; they offer GCSEs, International GCSEs, A levels and the International Baccalaureate. They measure the value added to each pupil’s academic achievement through a process of independent baseline testing.
“Every pupil has the potential to be a high performer, and our modern holistic curriculum is one that enables pupils to develop the necessary academic skills, passions and ambitions, curiosity and personal qualities needed for life-long learning.” - Stephen Holroyd Deputy Head: Curriculum
Classwork and homework are complemented by a programme of lectures and educational visits to inform and inspire. Academic progress is underpinned by a robust support network, which includes Tutors, House Tutors, Heads of Year and Housems.
Supported every step of the way
Malvern College's tutor system provides academic support for each pupil throughout his or her school career. In the Foundation Year (Year 9), Remove (Year 10) and Hundred (Year 11), tutor groups are House-based and composed of boys and girls from their own House. In the Sixth Form, pupils have the opportunity to choose their own Tutor, giving them autonomy to make the decisions that matter to them, further shaping their life at Malvern.
Malvern is a traditional full boarding and day school with boarders and day pupils in the same houses. The care and development of each individual pupil is the school’s primary concern. They aim to enhance that development through the process of living as members of a community with a common purpose.
Each pupil has a Housem – their Housemistress or Housemaster who oversees the individual’s progress through the College and who will help prepare the pupil for life beyond school. The Deputy Housem also works closely with pupils. In the House, there are also Assistants and Tutors who are always willing to answer questions or give advice. In addition to the House team, there are academic tutors, class teachers and staff in academic departments who are all available to help, many of whom run clinics to provide extra academic support.
There are eleven Houses each of which provides boys and girls with a family base during their time at Malvern. In the convivial atmosphere of each small House dining room, pupils eat their meals in the company of House staff, teachers, tutors and other members of their House. All Houses have their own kitchens, laundries, pupils’ kitchen, recreation rooms with a range of facilities.
In the Lower School new pupils are allocated a study area and boarding pupils will be in small dormitories. In the Sixth Form pupils enjoy the privilege of personal studies or bed studies in which they may study. Each member of the House can readily meet his or her Housem or Tutor to discuss work, interests, problems or ambitions.
All Houses produce plays, singing groups, debating teams and compete in the many and varied inter-House sporting events. There is a variety of House outings, from paintballing to ice-skating, as well as the opportunity to relax in the House with others, for example to bake on Sunday afternoons or to take part in arts evenings.
Facilities: Set in 250 acres on the slopes of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, England
Boarding Facilities: There are eleven boarding houses run by
dedicated Housemistress or Housemaster. These houses provide the boys and girls with a family base during their time at Malvern. Pupils eat their meals in the house, in the company the House staff, teachers, tutors and other members of their House. All Houses have their own kitchens, laundries, pupils’ kitchen, recreation rooms with a range of facilities.
Headmaster: Mr. Keith Metcalfe
Contact: Admission Office
Academic Calendar: September to July (three school terms)
Boarding fees 2021-22 per term
Day pupil fees 2021-22 per term
Malvern College is set in 250 acres. It has 11 Boarding Houses, a newly refurbished theatre complex, a sports centre, dedicated science building, a music school, playing fields, cricket pitches and tennis, squash and rackets courts. Malvern College became an All- Steinway School in 2021 after taking delivery of 30 professional-grade pianos.
The super and co-curricular programmes promote all-round personal development and allow pupils to shape their own education. Co-curricular activities are divided into three categories: Creative, Action and Service, while the super curriculum is pupil led.
College Road Malvern Worcestershire, England