COBIS Patron’s Accreditation



Marlborough College Malaysia receives the highest recognition from the Council of British International Schools.


Marlborough College Malaysia set the pace globally by partnering with COBIS (the Council of British International Schools), the oldest and largest premier association of British schools overseas, to achieve the first-ever fully online Patron’s Accreditation and Compliance with flying colours.


COBIS is a membership association that represents more than 250 British schools globally. To gain the COBIS Patron’s Accreditation every school must go through a robust and thorough membership process followed by ongoing monitoring and development.


This tough process ensures that COBIS member schools operate within specific guidelines of ethical practice and good governance which reflect the high standards and ethos expected of a first-class British school.


The actual accreditation process lasted from November 2019 to January 2021 with online tours, lesson observations and interviews conducted in December 2020 and January 2021. The process involved pupils, parents, staff and Governors. In addition, thousands of digital documents, dozens of films and hundreds of emails were scrutinised.
Endorsement by COBIS is challenging, rigorous and standards are examined in ten areas that include Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment, Ethos and Values, Learning and Teaching, Extra-Curricular, Enrichment and Engagement.


Marlborough College Malaysia is delighted to have been awarded 16 commendations, signifying excellence in each of the standards, in addition to the highest accolade that can be awarded, “Beacon School” status, which designates Marlborough College Malaysia as a centre of global best practice.


The Master, Mr Alan Stevens, stated “The COBIS team described the report as “outstanding” and it genuinely is, acknowledging the high standards, hard work, mutual support and pride that they found here in what they described as “the remarkable community that is MCM.” It is excellent to have this validated externally by such an esteemed organisation”


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