NEU Industrial Action

Arrangements for Thursday 27 April and Tuesday 2 May 2023 when the school's ability to operate will be severely compromised by planned industrial action by the National Education union (NEU):

The school will be open to students in Year 11 and attendance will be compulsory. They will have normal lessons where their timetabled teacher is available that day and be supervised studying for other periods. Students should bring with them plenty of revision materials for independent study to use during periods they have no lesson.

Attendance for students in Year 12 will be optional on those days. All Sixth Form lessons being taught that day will be delivered remotely but students will be able to opt to come into school and attend lessons that do take place face to face. Study facilities will be available for all students who choose to come into school for periods they do not have a taught lesson.

Attendance for students in Year 13 is optional on those days. Year 13 lessons will be taking place as normal where their timetabled teacher is available. When students are not in lessons study areas will be available to students as normal to allow them to focus on independent revision. Though not compulsory, we would encourage all Year 13 students to be in school, either to benefit from their lessons as usual at this critical time, or to make use of the quiet, supervised study spaces in school.

The school will be open to students in Year 10 and attendance will be compulsory on those days. They will have normal lessons where their timetabled teacher is available that day and be have supervised study for other periods. Students should bring with them plenty of revision materials (for upcoming GCSE RE exams and end of Year 10 examinations) to use during periods they have no lesson.

The school will be closed for students in Year 7, 8 and 9. Teachers who are available that day will be providing remote lessons for their timetabled periods. Students in those Year groups considered vulnerable, and the children of critical workers will be able to be supervised in school. Please contact by 12pm on Tuesday 25 April if you would like your child to access this facility.

Student Support

Marling Student Support

Located at the heart of the school, our Pastoral Office is designed to be a safe and friendly space.

Our team of Student Support Assistants are on hand throughout the school day to offer support and guidance to worried or anxious pupils or to just lend a friendly ear if the day is not going as planned.

We offer an ‘open door’ policy where students can drop in to talk about any concerns or anxieties they may be experiencing. Equally, they may just need some ‘time out’ and a place to recharge without question or judgement.

For extra support, students may be offered weekly mentoring sessions. We also have a dedicated school counsellor and a school nurse who provides drop in sessions once a week.

Pastoral Support Structure

At Marling we are proud of the level of pastoral care we offer our students. As well as having access to our dedicated Student Support Assistants, every student has a Form Tutor who they check in with twice a day. The Form Tutor is the boys’ first point of contact in Year 7 and they remain with the same Tutor Groups throughout their school careers. This enables the boys to develop strong relationships with their peers which provides valuable support throughout the Key Stages.

Heads of Year provide an additional level of pastoral support as do the Heads of Key Stage, while our Head of Pastoral and Associate Headteacher, Glen Balmer, oversees the overall wellbeing of all Marling students.

SMSC - spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Part of the curriculum we offer includes education on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of students. This is done through Life Skills lessons, assembly programmes and tutor group activities. We also support this work by inviting external agencies in to work with us on initiatives such as Sex Education and Healthy Relationships as well as Substance Misuse training.

Life Skills lessons incorporate Personal, Social, Health and Economic education along with Citizenship.

The aims of these lessons are to enable students to develop the knowledge and skills to be able to manage their lives now and in the future. They are designed to educate the students so that they can stay healthy and safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. Many of the lessons will support the students so that they can make positive choices to improve their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Students will be involved in a range of activities such as discussion, debating, research, role play, the use of creative writing and art work.

In Years 7 and 8 the programme is delivered through two lessons per timetable cycle. In Year 9 there is one lesson per cycle as well as some collapsed timetable days to extend the learning into aspects of financial capability and career choices, as well as work on sex and relationship education and controlled substance misuse.

Topics covered throughout Key Stage 3 include the key concepts of:    

  • Healthy lifestyles, including drugs and alcohol education
  • Mental health
  • Being ‘ManKind’ (challenging gender stereotypes)
  • Careers
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Healthy relationships
  • Dementia
  • Economic understanding

Students will also be encouraged to play their part as active citizens in the School and community. This is facilitated through such activities as contributions to form time and Student Council, involvement in charity fundraising events and litter-picking around the campus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch at

Gloucestershire Early Help

Early help is about providing support to potentially vulnerable children, young people and their families as soon as problems begin to emerge or when there is a strong likelihood that problems will start in the future. Children and families are entitled to early help if and when they need it. The school can make a referral for early help (with parental consent).  If you think that you or a member of your family would benefit from a referral, please email student support ( and we will be in touch. The Gloucestershire Family Information Service runs a website that offers support, including downloadable resources and can be visited using this link (

Sources of Support

Websites offers advice for young people and parents on a range of mental health issues. Includes a 24hr text service and a free parent helpline. offers young people in Gloucestershire mental health advice and support and where to find help locally and nationally. based in Gloucestershire, Teens In Crisis offers online and face to face counselling, text and Freephone service for young people and families. manned by trained counsellors, this site offers support 24 hours a day via email, phone or online chat. Stroud-based charity that offers mentoring and youth sessions for young people aged 11-25, support with the transition from primary to secondary school and family support. national charity offering a free phone support 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts. 24-hour text message support manned by trained crisis counsellors to help young people find space in times of crisis – send HELP to 85258. national support service for young people who are going through difficult times, available via online chat, helpline or crisis messenger text message service. offers support to children and young people following the death of a parent or sibling, through online chats, phone helpline, email and drop in sessions. advice for parents, carers and young people who are facing bullying at school, home or work. tips on how to keep you and your child safe online. experts in family digital life, offering insights into popular digital games and advice on parenting techniques. young suicide prevention organisation. : Young people aged 11 to 18 living in Gloucestershire can access free anonymous counselling from qualified counsellors via an online mental wellbeing platform. Kooth is designed for young people experiencing issues with their emotional wellbeing, such as anxiety, low mood or stress. Counselling can be accessed through a drop-in service or booked sessions; there is no referral needed from a health professional, no waiting lists, and no criteria to meet to get support. As well as the option of online counselling, there is an online support network where young people can join friendly discussion boards to connect with others having similar experiences. They can access journals, goal trackers, and self-help articles with the option to contribute their own experiences or advice.



Calm Harm: uses various activities to help users to resist or manage the urge to self-harm.

Catch It: an online diary to help users understand and make sense of their mood.

Silvercloud: offers a range of supportive and interactive programmes to improve mental wellbeing.

Wellmind: NHS advice, tips and tools to help with stress, anxiety and depression.

Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM): self-help and private reflection exercises to help manage anxiety.

Fear Tools: an anxiety aid to help you combat generalised anxiety disorder, phobias and social anxiety disorder.

Rise Up + Recover: an app for managing eating disorders and body image.


School nurse text service: get advice on health issues during working hours by texting 07507 333351.

Mental Health Services Gloucestershire
Supporting Learning

16 to 19 Tuition Fund 2021 to 2022 academic year

All funding that Marling School receives for 16 to 19 tuition will be directed towards one-to-one support for those students who have not achieved a GCSE Grade 4 in Mathematics or English Language. 

The Marling Promise
Our aim is to make Marling School an inclusive environment and for all children to have the same opportunities. We know that parents may worry about the cost of sending their child to school and we want to work with parents to reduce these concerns.

If your child is currently eligible, a free school meal will be provided. Also, for any child offered a place at Marling School and who is eligible for Pupil Premium (i.e., who has been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years) we can help with other costs. Please click on the PDF below for further details.
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement
To view the current Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for Marling School please click on the PDF below.
Exams Information & Timetables

Exams 2023

An Examinations Guide for parents and students can be found here.

Below is a timetable for exams scheduled for summer 2023.

Exams for Years 10 and 11 are shown in white.  Exams for Years 12 and 13 are shaded.

The final day for Year 11 in shool will be the 12th May.  The final day for Year 13 will be the 11th May.

Students are entered for external exams in February 2023.  They will be provided with a statement of entry to check, and these exams can all be seen on Edulink.

Students should be available for the contingency dates, should the exam boards need to reschedule any exams, which are 8th June (afternoon), 15th June (afternoon) and 28th June (all day).

There are official documents which your son/daughter will need to be aware of during the exam/mock periods. These will also be displayed outside the Examination Room.

Ofqual have produced information for candidates taking exams in summer 2023 including information on support, grading and contingency arrangements.  This information can be found at:

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has produced information for candidates, which can be found here.


  • All students must have clear pencil cases/bags and water bottles must be clear with NO labels.
  • NO Phones/iPods/MP3s or watches of any kind in the exam room. 
  • Covers on calculators must be removed.

Feeling unwell/accidents/injury etc:

  • Please call the school immediately if you are ill or unable to get to the exam.
  • If you feel unwell during the exam, inform an invigilator by raising your hand.
  • If you are unfortunate enough to have a problem occur before or during the examination period i.e. family problems, accident, injury, illness, please let the Exams Office know as the school will do everything it can to help.
  • Special Consideration may be requested from the Exam Boards if there is a problem. (A doctor’s note will be required)
To contact the Exams Office please email

Exams Officer - Michele Collier-Bromelow

The Exams Office is based off the Main Hall and is open between the hours of 9am to 12.30pm.
These will be updated for 2023 Exams Series.

Exam Certificates 2022

Exam Certificates 2022:

A-Level exam certificates will be posted out via standard second class post in December 2022 to the home address that Marling has on file. If your address has changed, please let us know.

GCSE exam certificates will be given out via tutor groups in December 2022.



School Procedures

For useful information on school procedures, such as, what to do if your child feels unwell during the school day, or you would like to report a planned absence, please click on the download below. 

You can also find below a copy of our Absence Request Form.

School Uniform & Shoe Guide
Please click on the below downloads to view our school uniform policy and guidance on school shoes.

The PSA will be running Nearly New Uniform Sales in the School Hall on the following dates over the summer:

Friday 22 July 11.00-13.00 and Tuesday 23 August 11.00-13.00
School Catering
Please click on the PDF below for the current menu.
Timings of the School Day

08:40 - 09:00     Registration

09:00 - 10:00     Period 1

10:00 - 11:00     Period 2

11:00 - 11:20     Break

11:20 - 12:20     Period 3

12:20 - 13:20     Period 4

13:20 - 14:10     Lunch

14:10 - 15:10     Period 5

Term Dates
Please click on the below PDFs to view the term dates for the current academic year.
Bus Routes
Please click on the below PDF for the most up to date information we have for bus routes to Marling School and for information from GCC Integrated Transport Unit (September 2020)