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Malvern College

Malvern, Worcestershire, England

Malvern College, Malvern, Worcestershire, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Malvern College

Malvern, Worcestershire, England


Malvern College, Malvern, Worcestershire, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Malvern College is situated on the beautiful eastern slopes of the Malvern Hills, overlooking the Severn Valley and close to the town of Great Malvern. A glorious environment in which to encourage the happy and constructive growth of each boy and girl, Malvern aims for a pupil to fulfil his or her academic potential whilst learning to establish sound relationships and the value of teamwork. The hope is that what children learn at Malvern will inspire them for the rest of their lives.

At a glance

Age range: 13 to 18
Total no. of pupils: 650 / Boys: 342 / Girls: 308
Percentage of boarders: 76%
Percentage of International pupils: 30%
Pupils in Sixth Form: 321
Average class size: Senior school: 17 / Sixth Form: 10
Sixth Form termly boarding fee: 22/23 £14,675
Top 6 sports:
Boys: Cricket, Rugby, Football, Rackets, Tennis, Athletics
Girls: Hockey, Netball, Athletics, Cricket, Tennis, Football
Linked prep/junior school: Yes
Nearest major airports: Birmingham (74km), Bristol (115km)


Malvern has a strong academic focus and the academic programme is broad, challenging and rewarding: GCSE/iGCSEs, A levels and the IB Diploma are all offered. Classwork is complemented by a programme of educational visits and independent learning is encouraged. The College supports or stretches pupils according to their abilities, whilst a robust pastoral network underpins academic progress. There is a strong tutor system and pupils in the Sixth Form are able to choose their own tutor.


Boarding houses are run by a housemaster or housemistress, and together with the house staff and each pupil's tutor they provide the exceptional pastoral support that is central to Malvern's ethos. Each house has its own dining room where the pupils eat together and this reinforces the family atmosphere. 80% of pupils are full boarders and the house is therefore full at weekends. House life is extremely important and it is here that friendships are often forged for life.


The College has impressive facilities for sport and has built a brand new sports complex. There is a long tradition in rackets and an established reputation for cricket. In addition to the main sports listed, Malvern offers fives, badminton, cross-country, basketball, swimming and shooting. Professional coaches support the sports teaching staff in training pupils for school, county and national performances, and there are realisable pathways to professional sport.

Creative arts

In Art pupils specialise in painting and drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and photography, and the provision for Design Technology allows pupils to work in a range of mediums. There is a large and busy Music School where over 300 individual music lessons are taught each week, and there are various ensembles and opportunities to perform in public. Pupils of all ages are involved in the Drama programme, in school productions, year group productions and in festivals and competition.

Did you know?

  • Malvern is linked with the Morgan Motor Company. William Stephenson Peach, teacher of Engineering, helped Henry Morgan build the prototype in the workshops at Malvern College.
  • Radar research was based at Malvern College from 1942-46. The site was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence and the school relocated to Harrow School in London.