It is a privilege and great pleasure to be associated with Marlborough’s first expansion beyond Wiltshire. Now in our fifth year of operation, with over 820 pupils in the College, we are undertaking a Phase II development which will happen one year earlier than our original plan due to strong demand for places. We have undertaken a steady and controlled increasing pupil population, to ensure we are delivering educational excellence to every child. This has seen the College grows from 350 in 2012 to our current numbers and the gradual expansion will continue until we reach our maximum planned capacity of around 1,250 pupils by 2022. The foundations have been laid well, upon which we can build with confidence in the years ahead.
We are somewhat different from many British schools that have opened overseas campuses, in that Marlborough is a genuine expansion of the home school with management and governance being directly linked to Marlborough in Wiltshire. My own association with Marlborough dates back to 1980.
Marlborough College has always been at the forefront of educational innovation, (1968: first major public school to take girls; 1970s: development of new A level courses in Mathematics and Business Studies; 1989: full co-education), and viewed the opportunity to become a truly international brand in Malaysia as one which we should embrace and use to strengthen further our position as a leader in the educational world.
The development of the College in Malaysia, on a spacious and secure 90-acre site, provides an opportunity to bring the ethos, culture, values and strengths of, what I believe to be, the leading English independent co-educational boarding school to South East Asia.
We strive to provide an education which teaches people to think, to recognise their strengths and weaknesses and to respect, tolerate and understand the ideas and beliefs of others.
Our initial public examination results, from non-selective cohorts, have been most encouraging. At IGCSE we obtained 61% and 60% A*-A grades in 2014 and 2015 respectively and an overall pass rate of 98%. The pupils in this year’s Upper Sixth, our first, are due to complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in May 2016. They have already secured offers to top universities around the world.
I hope that you will want to become part of a vibrant, stimulating and exciting environment in what has been described as an outstanding educational institution. On behalf of all associated with Marlborough College Malaysia I extend a very warm welcome and look forward to meeting you in the near future.
Robert B Pick , Master