Senior School English Department

The Senior School English department is made up of seven members of staff, whom each bring a diverse educational and professional background to the team. This team brings together a wealth of teaching experience drawn from the International Baccalaureate (IB), British, Canadian, South African and Australian educational systems and educational qualifications and expertise mastered at some of the best universities in the world.

The Senior School English department encompasses courses teaching Literature and Language through all years, as well as Second Language English at the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP). Our programmes pursue IBDP qualifications and IGCSE qualification with the Cambridge International Examinations Board.

All pupils at Marlborough study English and the vast majority do so at a first language level. All pupils pursue first language Literature and Language courses until at least the IGCSE level, with additional support provided for English as an Additional Language (EAL) pupils. At the IBDP level, most students continue with English as their first language, with a small number electing to pursue the Language B English course offered. For the IBDP, we offer the Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL) Literature course, the Standard Level (SL) Language and Literature course, as well as the SL Literature and Performance course and the HL and SL Language B English course.

The department class rooms are located in the Betjeman building, which also contain the offices of the English Department and the House Masters of many of the day houses and has direct access to the library. The Department space also includes an outdoor amphitheatre known as ‘The Pit’. Each classroom has full audio-visual equipment, wireless internet and projectors. Independent and creative learning is encouraged, facilitated by the flexibility offered by Wi-Fi and Macbooks and the development of multiple literacies and thinking skills is a priority.

The English department coordinate a number of enrichment activities, including theatre visits, book buying trips and competitions for poetry and essay writing. Further, the English department is the home of Model United Nations (MUN) at Marlborough and leads our annual participation in MUN Conferences such as THIMUN Singapore. The English department also supports student writers through annual school publications and ad hoc publications in the media.

Prep School English Department

We are lucky enough in the Prep School to have at least five specialist English teachers who have experience of teaching in the UK and in International Schools. This enables us to have five sets so that the higher ability pupils are pushed and all pupils are comfortable in their surroundings. Those with English as their second language are able to be in a smaller set where language rather than literature is the focus. We follow the National Curriculum and the Common Entrance syllabus at 11+ and 13+.

In developing each child’s ideas and judgement, pupils are encouraged to write creatively and to participate in a variety of oral activities. There are, for example, internal and external creative writing competitions and the popular Marlborough College Malaysia presentations for Year 7.

English is taught as far as possible through literature. Plays, poems, novels and short stories are studied with beaks aiming to develop pupils’ abilities to relate to the historical, cultural and social contexts of their reading. Every effort is made to give pupils a thorough understanding of their language, as well as the skills that will serve them throughout life. English is an absorbing subject that plays a key role within the school.

Pre-Prep English Department

Our Pre-Prep English curriculum is based on the UK National Curriculum (Literacy Primary Framework). In Years 1 and 2 we are working within Key Stage 1 of the curriculum. This involves a number of strands including; Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing, Phonics, Handwriting and Spelling. Objectives are established to ensure full coverage of essential skills are explicitly taught.
Speaking and listening play a key role and we aim for our pupils to become effective communicators across a range of media. Through providing our pupils with a range of experiences and opportunities to express their creative ideas and make contributions during discussions.
To help develop a love of reading our pupils are immersed in a language and text rich environment. Our pupils read a range of text together, independently, they are read to, as well as having regular visits to the school library to choose and read books. Direct teaching of reading skills is taught through guided reading sessions as well as one-to-one reading. Our pupils are taught phonics skills in differentiated levels ensuring the pupils have a solid base for reading and writing decoding development.
Our pupils have the opportunity to write using a broad range of genres, including recount, instructions and poetry. Children use familiar stories in Years 1 and 2 to act as a basis for creative writing, changing a variety of components to publish their own written work.