School Rules

School Rules

As a Marlburian you are expected to:

  • Act in accordance with the values of the College at all times.
  • Respect the property of the College and others.
  • Be truthful and honest in all your dealings.
  • Treat others with respect and actively challenge bullying behaviours.
  • Help others where you can.
  • Exercise good manners and courtesy to everyone.
  • Strive for success in all that you do.
  • Maintain high standards of appearance and punctuality.
  • Work in harmony with the College staff to improve yourself and the College.

The College’s rules are based on our commitment to an education informed by Compassion, Companionship and Conversation and they apply equally to all pupils regardless of differences in ethnic background, culture, language, religion, gender, ability or disability.

As a condition of membership of the College, pupils are required to observe the following rules:

A. The following are expressly forbidden:

  1. Bullying
  2. Sexual harassment
  3. Explicit sexual relations
  4. Possession of items that may harm yourself or others, including tobacco in any form, e-cigarettes, alcoholic drinks or illegal substances.
  5. Pupils leaving the site during the school day unless on a school trip or with the permission of their HM or HoY
  6. Boarders leaving the site at any time without the permission of their HM.
  7. Behaviours that are contrary to the law in Malaysia or that bring the College into disrepute.


B. Out of Bounds

The following areas are strictly out of bounds for all pupils:

  1. Outside boundary fences of the school grounds
  2. Under or on top of buildings
  3. Staff accommodation unless invited
  4. Kitchen and administration block without permission
  5. Swimming pools, lake and sports facilities outside official supervised hours
  6. The Marburian for all pupils other than Sixth Form.
  7. Boys in Girls’ House, Girls in Boys’ House, except in the Common Room at designated times
  8. Grass in Court (except for Prefects)
  9. Closed teaching areas, as directed by signage
  10. Car parks

The Prep School grounds and classrooms are strictly out of bounds for Senior School pupils, unless accompanied by a beak or as part of an organised activity.


C. Rules of Custom

a) Rude, offensive or hurtful language is unacceptable and not the way in which our community communicates. It will not be tolerated.

b) Eating and drinking are not permitted outside designated areas.

c) Mobile phones should not be used by Prep pupils. Senior pupils may not use mobile phones in lessons (unless directed by a member of staff), walking around the College or in the Dining Hall. Inappropriate use of mobile phones will result in their confiscation for a period of time determined by the HM or Head of Year and analysis of content will take place if misuse is suspected. Essential and personal communication by pupils during periods of mobile phone confiscation can be arranged through the HM.

d) The Master must approve all fund-raising activities in the College in advance.

e) IT facilities, whether College-owned or private, must be used in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy, which relates to Information Technology facilities, items of equipment and their use. Inappropriate images or material may be neither stored nor viewed on a PC, laptop or memory device.


D. Notes and rules for Day Pupils:

a) Day Pupils must uphold high standards of dress and behaviour when travelling between the College and home. They should be dressed in appropriate uniform for the day.

b) Day Pupils not travelling by College bus should arrive by 8.20 am and should register with their tutor immediately on arrival.

c) Notice of illness or of any other reason preventing attendance should be emailed through by the parents to Prep Registration or Senior School Day HM as early as possible before registration.


E. Dress and Appearance:

a) School uniform should be worn at all times from breakfast until 4.15pm on a weekday, during lesson time on Saturday for the sixth form, and on formal occasions both in the evening and at weekends.

b) Dress for sport should always be regulation kit as on the Uniform List.

c) Informal Dress must always be clean, tidy, in good condition and moderate in style.


The following guidelines should clarify uniform rules:

  • Only navy blue uniform socks may be worn (long socks with hoops for Year 7 & 8 boys only).
  • Shoes should be polishable black formal shoes that are not trainers or sports shoes. They should hold the heel and never be worn as slippers.
  • Shirts from Year 7 up should be tucked in at all times. with the exception of Sixth Form with tailored blouses.
  • Girls’ kilts and dresses must be to the knee or longer.
  • Girls’ Sixth Form skirts must be ankle length.
  • T-shirts, vests, underwear etc. worn under shirts must be plain white with no logos and must not be visible.
  • Shirts without top buttons should be mended or replaced immediately.
  • When ties are worn, top buttons must be done up and the tie tight to the top button.
  • Long sleeved shirt sleeves must be rolled down and buttoned.



Hair should be moderate in style, not dyed or invite comment. Hair should always be clean, neat and off the face.. Boys should shave regularly to avoid facial hair. Long hair must be tied back in Prep School.  In Senior School long hair must be tied back for sports, Chapel and in lessons where it otherwise may cause a risk.



In the Prep School, pupils are only allowed to wear one pair of stud earrings and one bracelet or wristband on each wrist. In the Senior School, pupils may only wear one necklace, single ear studs or sleepers that are discreet. No other piercings are allowed e.g. nose or tongue. Only one ring may be worn on each hand. Necklaces and ankle bracelets must not be visible.

Make Up and Nail Polish

Make up and nail polish are not to be worn by pupils before they reach the Lower Sixth. Pupils in the Lower and Upper Sixth may wear light make-up and nail polish, but it should not invite comment.


Author:                   SMT

Policy Date:          October 2022