The MCM Accelerated English Programme is designed to enable pupils who would benefit from a Marlborough education, but whose English means that they cannot access the curriculum, to make rapid and focused progress. The programme will help them to achieve a level of English proficiency which will allow them to join a mainstream MCM class much sooner than would otherwise be possible.
Pupils will be offered the opportunity to enter the programme for one to three terms with regular reviews carried out by the Marlborough College Accelerated English Programme staff. The programme will give pupils a Marlborough College experience which will run parallel to the mainstream curriculum. Pupils will be grouped according to their English ability. There will be two groups: one group teaching primarily Year 5 and Year 6 and a second group comprising of Year 7 and Year 8 with the occasional Year 9.
How to apply?
Children aged 7 to 13 years old are eligible to apply. Candidates can be day pupils or boarders but it is strongly encouraged for any child over 9 years old to become a boarder. The children will benefit from full immersion into boarding life as they will be living alongside pupils who are in the mainstream curriculum. Past experience has shown that those children who are boarders have found that their English progresses much quicker than those returning home every evening because they are among English speakers 24 hours a day. External pupils can apply by completing a MCM Enquiry Form. The pupils will then be asked to complete a Registration Form and an assessment and interview will take place. Based on the results of the assessment, pupils will then be offered a place on this programme.