Marling School fully recognises the importance of a strong curriculum model that is designed to give all students the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We believe that, at the core of any outstanding curriculum model, is the appropriate balance of breadth and depth of learning for all students, and the whole school curriculum model has been designed with this in mind.

In Year 8 students make informed decisions around which foreign language(s) and practical subjects to study in greater depth prior to GCSE, and a curriculum model that starts all students on a route to 9.5 GCSEs is currently maintained in KS4. As part of the GCSE options process students can opt for 4 from a range of 19 subjects to study alongside the compulsory curriculum. The model is also constructed so that all students can access the full range of English Baccalaureate subjects should they wish to do so. The focus on breadth and depth continues into Sixth Form, where all students studying 3 A Levels also opt for what is defined to be a ‘breadth option’ to study alongside their A Level choices. Sixth Form students currently select from a range of 29 A Levels and 8 breadth options. More information can be found about the options processes by using the menu above.

Within individual subject areas curriculum models are constructed according to the following key principles:

  • Programmes of study are ambitious in that they provide all students with appropriate levels of challenge, as well as opportunities to secure and deepen knowledge, understanding and skills as appropriate.
  • Programmes of study have been constructed with the core knowledge and skills, or fundamental constructs, which will need to have been developed at their heart. Aligned to this there will also be a coherent assessment model that allows students and teachers to identify and support individual progress towards the identified outcomes.
  • Programmes of study are planned and sequenced to ensure that new learning builds and develops on prior knowledge and skills, thus allowing students to make sustained progress towards the identified end points.
  • Programmes of study will identify connections, both within a given subject and across different subject areas where appropriate, that need to be explicitly highlighted to students in order for them to link existing knowledge or skills to new learning.
  • Teaching and learning strategies will be employed that facilitate long term retention of knowledge, thus allowing students to utilise prior knowledge by applying it as a skill to support new learning.

 Detailed information about individual subjects and key stages can be found below.

Curriculum Policy
Please click below to view the current Curriculum Policy. For any queries, please email Mr MacDonald (Assistant Headteacher – Curriculum) on
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Key Stage 3
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Key Stage 4
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Key Stage 5

For further information about our co-educational Sixth Form, please visit

Assessment & Marking Policies
Please click on the below PDFs to read our Assessment & Marking Policy, and our Assessment Policies for each subject.

As part of the continual development of the Careers, Education, Information and Guidance  programme, Marling School regularly puts measures in place to assess the impact of the activities undertaken. This is done through student voice and reflections of activities logged on Google Classroom and Unifrog platforms. The staff members responsible for the Careers programme work closely with a Careers Advisor to refer to this information when making choices about any adaptations to the programme in order to create the most personalised experience for our students. This supports them in making informed decisions about their future pathways.

Our Careers Leader is Mr A MacDonald - Tel. 01453 762251.

Marling Careers Education, information and guidance programme is reviewed annually, the next upcoming date is 01/07/2022.

Further information about CEIAG provision at Marling School can be found using the below link.

Exam Results

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic GCSE and A Level exams were not sat in the summers of 2020 and 2021. Teacher Assessed Grades were awarded instead. The link to these 2021 results is below. The last time DfE performance tables were published was for the 2019 GCSE and A Level exams. The results for these exams, which can be used for national comparison, are below:

Key Stage 4 Results 2019

  • The school’s progress 8 score is 0.56 (well above Average)
  • The school’s attainment 8 score is 70.5
  • The % of pupils who’ve achieved a strong pass (grade 5 or above) in English and maths at the end of KS4 is 94%
  • The % of pupils entering for the English Baccalaureate is 67%
  • The % of pupils who’ve achieved the English Baccalaureate at grade 5/C or above is 43%
  • The % of students staying in education or employment after key stage 4 (destinations) is 98%

Please click here to see the DfE Schools Performance Tables which compare school performance, characteristics and other data locally and nationally.

Please note that the current performance results are not current.

Key Stage 5 Results

 The schools 16-18 performance table page can be found here 

Please note that the current performance results are not current.

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Extra Curricular
  • Teaching & Learning DofE


Aim of the Awards
The DofE aims to stimulate the enthusiasms and energies of young people by presenting them with a challenging programme of activities. The award is available to anyone between the ages of 14 and 24 and the process of participation leads to personal development and new, well-earned confidence.

Marling School is a licensed organisation with the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and offers the award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

Sections of the Award Each level of the award is achieved by completing a personal programme of activities in Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. The Gold award also requires a fifth component of a Residential. Further information is available at

Age & Stage  The BRONZE award is available to students in Year 9. Students can sign up before Christmas and can get underway with their 3 sections immediately. It is the student’s responsibility to organise and fulfil the requirements for the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections themselves but the school does give support and guidance in this. With regard the expedition section, the training and the first practice expedition takes place in the spring of Year 9 (Sharpness/Berkeley). The training includes; map reading, compass reading, navigational skills, distance route planning, camp craft, and the right way to pack your rucksack. The final qualifying expedition takes place a few weeks later in the Lambourn Downs which means they are able to have achieved their Bronze award by the end of Year 9, assuming of course that they have also completed their independent sections.

The SILVER award is available to students in Year 10 with expeditions taking place in the spring of Year 10 and the autumn of Year 11. Silver expeditions take part in more challenging terrain such as New Forest, Exmoor, Dartmoor or Brecon Beacons.

The GOLD award is available to students in Year 12/13 with expeditions taking place in the summer of Year 12 and Year 13. Marling offers walking expeditions (Peak District, Brecon Beacons, Lake District or Snowdonia National Park) and canoeing expeditions (River Wye). Some students may prefer to complete their GOLD expeditions overseas through a private organiser.

More information regarding the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Marling School can be found by contacting the DofE Manager, Mr Koller at

The Ten Key Principles of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

  • Non-Competitive: The Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others. Each participant's programme is tailor-made to reflect the individual starting point, abilities and interests.
  • Available to All: With a commitment to equal opportunities, the Award Programme is available to all young people who choose to take up its challenge.
  • Voluntary: Young people make a free choice to enter the programme and commit their own time to undertake the activities.
  • Flexible: Young people design their own programme, which can be geared to their choice and personal circumstances and also to local provision. They may enter for whichever level of Award best suits them, and may take as long as they wish to complete an Award.
  • Balanced: By choosing activities in each of four different Sections (five at Gold), participants undertake a balanced and wide ranging programme.
  • Progressive: At each level, the Award Programme demands more time and an increasing degree of commitment and responsibility from the participant.
  • Achievement Focused: Before starting an activity, young people are encouraged to set their own goals. If they aim for those goals and show improvement, they will achieve their Award.
  • Marathon, not a Sprint: The Award demands persistence and commitment and cannot be completed in a short burst of enthusiasm. Participants may want to continue with activities beyond the minimum time requirements set out for each level of the Award.
  • Personal Development: The Award is a programme of personal and social development. The value to young people is dependent on personal commitment, the learning process and the quality of the experience.
  • Enjoyable: Young people and helpers should find participation enjoyable and satisfying.
Music Tuition at Marling School
Please click on the PDF below for information on instrumental music tuition.