At Marling School, we are ambitious for our students and they thrive in a vibrant academic environment that provides pace and challenge. They feel safe and supported to engage with new ideas, to think deeply, to take risks and be aspirational. We place an emphasis on the development of skills alongside knowledge so that our students become active learners prepared for both further education and for their place in an increasingly global society.
Our school motto is Abeunt Studia in Mores which we translate to mean “Let us go forward through study to character”. Our aim is to develop within all Marlingtonians character values including intellectual curiosity, resilience, respect and kindness. Marling students learn to be independent thinkers who take responsibility for their learning and their success, who believe in freedom and equality and who will join society as citizens of principle taking an interest in the world around them. We set out to achieve this through our mission statement: RAISING ASPIRATIONS, INSPIRING EXCELLENCE, SUCCEEDING TOGETHER.
When you visit us, I am sure that you will be impressed by the openness and warmth of welcome you receive. We want our students to enjoy school and I am confident that you will see how enthusiastic and engaged they are in their education and how proud they are of their school.
Glen Balmer, Headteacher
Marling School is committed to serving the community. The school recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, it also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Marling School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
The school uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways Marling School seeks to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Marling School, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for House Captains and House Council members. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in form time and assemblies. E.g. The study of Parliament and the democratic process in the UK is studied by students in Year 8 during history lessons.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Marling School.
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the student code of conduct and student expectations. Students are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us through Life Skills lessons and assemblies. The responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the local PSCO help to reinforce this message. E.g. In Year 10 English lessons the rule of law is taught through the book ‘A View from a Bridge’ and in Year 7 History the formation of Law and the Magna Carta is explored.
At Marling School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices e.g. each student in Year 11 has an individual IAG meeting to help them make decisions about their future studies, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Marling School educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and Tutor Time work. The rule of law and democracy and individual liberty are specifically covered in RS at GCSE.
Marling has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour Policy.
Respect is a strong part of Marling School and is part of its Core Values. Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through teaching and learning environments. We write reports to the students and ensure all students take responsibility for their own actions.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment with Marling’s ethos being that the thoughts and answers of all are respected. This can be seen through lesson observations and during class discussions where the opinions of all students are taken into account.
Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students benefit from a number of international visitors, including students from other countries and cultures. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all students up to KS4, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. We are very proud of our multi-faith day in Year 8 which gives our students the opportunity to experience a range of differing religions and the British cultures associated with these religions.
Marling School strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our society.
All schools are required to have a clear set of policies and procedures. Some are a statutory requirement for schools and some are designed to ensure we follow best practice in all aspects of our operation. These policies and procedures provide a firm foundation for the day-to-day running of the school and enable students, staff, governors and parents to work together for the benefit of the education of our students.
As an academy, Marling School is also required to publish an annual report, annual audited accounts, a memorandum of association, articles of association, names of charity trustees and members and a funding agreement. In September 2016, Marling School became a member of the Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust and ceased to publish separate documents. These documents can be found on the Documents page of the Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust website, www.cbat.academy
Please click on the links below to view our policies.
If you would like to see a copy of the Annual Report and Financial Statement, please refer to www.cbat.academy
Marling School’s governing body, and the leadership team, share a challenging vision for the school of raising aspirations, inspiring excellence and succeeding together.
We want Marling School to be an exceptional and inclusive school which is the destination of choice for able students in the local area and beyond. We aim to provide unique opportunities for every student to excel, and we encourage, challenge and support them to achieve their full academic potential and become lifelong independent learners. As future citizens, we wish to imbue the moral values, confidence and resilience needed to define and achieve their life aspirations through both future employment and as members of the society in which they live.
Through rigorous governance of the school’s improvement plan and budget, and through support and challenge of the leadership team, we will help the school to achieve its potential in a cost effective and sustainable way. We believe that school improvement is underpinned by sharing best practise and we will proactively seek opportunities to grow our capability and capacity through alliances and partnerships.
Our Governors are:
If you would like to contact any member of the School Development Board, please email Hannah Kelly, the Clerk to the Governors, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Marling Parent and Staff Association (Marling PSA) is a voluntary organisation entirely made up of parents of Marling School students and a number of very dedicated School staff.
We have the interests of our students at heart and take great pride in our School. A number of times a year we run activities that raise money to assist the School with the funding of educational items that fall outside normal funding mechanisms. Over the last year the PSA has spent over £10,000 on extra equipment such as new Library books, IT for the PE department, stage lighting for the School Hall, camera equipment for the Art department and Art display units. The PSA also pay for the School Minibus, a vital resource for the School.
Please join us to support the School as much as we can. To contact the PSA, please email email@example.com
Easyfundraising The PSA are registered with easyfundraising. This means that if you buy items from websites such as Amazon, M&S and Tesco Direct through the easyfundraising website the PSA will automatically receive a charitable contribution. This works for personal purchases and can also be used to purchase items for your business or workplace. This is a very simple and easy way to raise money for the School so please make use of the easyfundraising link whenever you purchase online.
The Old Marlingtonians' Associaton (OMA) was formed in 1925 by the former Head of Marling School H.W. Carter (1919-1944) who was also the Association's President for its inaugural ten years.
One of the functions he wished the OMA to serve was "the providing for old boys and the School of opportunities for mutual service".
Through annual subscriptions and fundraising activities, the OMA have contributed several items towards the School including:
More recent contributions include:
Keep up to date with what is happening at Marling School by joining the Old Marlingtonians' Association. Please complete the form below and return to Jennie Varley, Membership Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To contact the chair of the OMA, please email John Payne - email@example.com
The Marling School House System was established in 1966 whereby the first annual House Cup was coveted for. The trophy has been annually competed for ever since then by the original four houses, Carter, Elliott, Fuller and Greenstreet. The names of the houses derive from previous Headteachers of the School. With the introduction of Bennett in 2015 the competition then onwards has been a 5 House contest. Bennett house is named after a student Marlingtonian, Eugene Bennett, who was awarded a Victoria Cross during the First World War.
Houses compete in a wide variety of competitions from sport through to debating. In addition, students can also pick up points for their houses by being awarded academic house points throughout the year.
The House Cup concludes with the inter-house music competition in the last week of the summer term when the trophy is awarded to the House Captain of the winning house by the Headteacher. A celebration of the win follows for the winning house that afternoon.
Each House has an associated colour, worn by students on their individual ties and PE uniforms. In 2020 we are excited to be able to launch our new House Crests, thanks to the work of student Arthur Early and the staff Heads of House team. Wyatt Sell, a current student also designed Varsity Style logos as an alternative to the crests which are another fantastic addition. Based on the historical significance of the names of the houses, the symbols represent the houses as below;
House membership includes all students across the school as well as all teaching and support staff. New members of the school community are allocated to a House which they remain in for the duration of their time at school. In keeping with the schools’ traditions, affiliation with a House is linked to family, in which all siblings and parents will be allocated to the same house.
Each house team has a member of staff as House Leader whose role is to support the running of the calendar events, drive their houses on and support the House Captains in their successful leadership throughout the year. At the beginning of each school year, House Captains are elected by students and staff to take on the role of student house leadership for each of the five houses. Their role is to promote their house within the school community as well as take the lead in the organisation of house teams, supporters and events. They are also involved in encouraging fundraising towards the chosen house charity for the year. The ultimate goal is to win the highly sought after ‘House Cup’ too.
Motto: Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum which translates as Never a Backward Step
Bennett house was founded in 2015 and was named after a Marlingtonian, Eugene Bennett, who was awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War. Being part of Bennett house, our values reflect that of Eugene Bennett: Bravery, Leadership, and Integrity. Each member of the house will reflect these values in everything that they set out to do.
Head of House- ultra-competitive Mr Koller... ‘The wait for Bennett's inaugural house cup is nearly over…’
House Captain: Adam Ainsworth
Charity: Stroud District Foodbank
Motto: Aut viam inveniam aut faciam, Ex nihilo nihil which translates to I will either find a way or make one, nothing comes from nothing.
Each member of Elliott house embraces their mantra, as it reflects the attitude they hold, they are masters of their own destiny. Every member of Elliott takes pride in working hard and helping their peers achieve their potential through teamwork.
“As a house we embrace every opportunity and make sure we fully commit to the excellent academic and extra-curricular opportunities available at Marling. We take part in all the house competitions and always compete well.”
Head of House - Mr Stephens
House Captain: Alex Laddle
Charity: British Heart Foundation
Motto: Carpe Diem which translates to Seize the Day
The fuller motto embodies the Fuller attitude of resilience, dedication and effort. Fuller is the house that focuses on togetherness and a strong sense of community. A great emphasis is placed on the importance of mutual respect and high standards.
‘Our aim is to do the best we can, in whatever we can. We are proud of who we are and what we do.’
Head of House - Miss Bailey
House Captain: Joseph Moylan
Charity: Meningitis Now
Motto: Diligentia, Virtus, Patientia, Communitas translates to Hard work, Strength, Perseverance and Teamwork
Greenstreet students and staff embody the motto. Greenstreet pupils wear their uniform and green tie with pride. Our aim is to perform the best we can in and outside the classroom as every achievement point adds to our overall goal of winning the house competition. We take part in all the house competitions competing with determination and always with a full team for events. This has helped create an atmosphere which allows students to flourish both inside and outside the classroom.
“You will be welcomed into the house and very quickly learn the house chant … GREEN - STREET. We look forward to seeing our new students wearing the legendary green tie when you start on your journey at Marling School”
Head of House - Mr Smith
House Captain: Wyatt Sell
Charity: Cancer Research UK
Motto: Victoria Concordia Crescit which translates as Victory Through Harmony
Carter’s House philosophy is about recognising the importance of working together, helping each other and trying to get the best results possible through teamwork and application.
Head of House - Mr Elson
House Captain: Llewi Cross
Charity: Dementia UK
Marling School is a member of the Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust currently including Berkeley Primary School, Cam Woodfield Junior School and Marling School.
The trust is also working on plans with the DfE and the Local Authority to open a new secondary school in the south of Gloucester.
Further details about the trust, its governance arrangements, and statutory documentation can be found on its website at www.cbat.academy