Marling School

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Marling School
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Coordinates 51°44′43″N2°14′07″W / 51.7454°N 2.2354°W / 51.7454; -2.2354 Coordinates: 51°44′43″N2°14′07″W / 51.7454°N 2.2354°W / 51.7454; -2.2354
Information
Type Grammar, Academy
MottoAbeunt studia in mores (Studies form character)
Established1887
Founder Sir Samuel Marling
Department for Education URN 137123 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Head teacherDr Stuart Wilson
GenderBoys (Y7-Y11), Mixed Sixth Form (Y12-Y13)
Age11to 18
Enrolment832
HousesBennett, Carter, Elliott, Fuller, Greenstreet
Colour(s)Purple, Blue, Yellow, Red, Green
Mission StatementRaising Aspirations, Inspiring Excellence, Succeeding Together [1]
Website http://www.marling.school/

Marling School is a grammar school with academy status for boys located in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. It is on the Cainscross Road, the main route out of Stroud towards the M5, and is situated next to the girls' grammar school, Stroud High School, with which it shares some facilities. [2]

Contents

History

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Aerial view of Marling School.
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Marling School viewed from the road.

Marling School is the oldest secondary school in Stroud, having been founded in 1887 by Sir Samuel Marling, [3] a local cloth manufacturer and former Liberal Member of Parliament, along with Sir Francis Hyett and Mr S.S. Dickinson. [4]

In 1882, Sir Samuel Marling offered £10,000 towards the building of the school, and the school also inherited a number of endowments from the Red Coat School which was founded in 1642 by Thomas Webb, the St Chloe School founded at Amberley by Nathaniel Cambridge in 1699, and the educational charities established in the 17th and 18th centuries by William Johns and Robert Aldridge. [5] [6]

The new school opened to fee-paying pupils, which included some boarding students, in 1889. In 1909, under a new scheme the school became a public secondary school. Its endowments, along with those of the Stroud School of Science and Art and the Stroud High School for girls, were placed under the administration of a body called the Stroud Educational Foundation.

The old school houses were built shortly after the school's foundation, designed by W. H. Seth-Smith. [6]

In 1965, the school was amalgamated with the Stroud Technical School for Boys which had been founded on a neighbouring site in 1910. The Technical School buildings now form the Art and Drama departments. [4] [7]

The head teacher David Lock was dismissed for gross misconduct in 2007 after allegations of bullying. [8]

Following the appointment of Dr Stuart Wilson as the new headteacher in 2010, [9] Marling School converted to an academy in August 2011. [10]

The left hand side of the school shield contains the Marling family crest while the right hand side relates to the marriage of Samuel Stephens Marling to Margaret Williams Cartwright of Devizes. [11]

Facilities

Marling School has a programme of rebuilding and refurbishment to improve the learning environment.

Following a successful bid to the EFA, the school was awarded a grant of £3.7 million to build a new block, named 'West Block' that houses the Geography, Mathematics and Religious Education departments and a new dining hall overlooking the cricket pitch and pavilion. The old dining hall is now mostly unused. The Design and Technology block incorporates teaching rooms for food technology, graphical products, resistant materials and electronics, many of the rooms are shared with Stroud High School. The South Block built in 2005 houses English, Foreign Languages and Computing Science. The old gymnasium has been refurbished and repurposed as a library and school archive. [12]

In late 2019, old, derelict original school buildings were refurbished and the History department now occupies them, moving out of the South Block and making way for more English and Maths. These new refurbished buildings are called 'East Block'. The Science department is situated in three buildings, near East Block, one being shared with Stroud High School, and another, which was built later and is more modern.

A modern sixth form block serves the students of both the Marling School and Stroud High School. This was Downfield Sixth Form until the two schools split into having their own sixth forms. [13]

Awards and recognition

The school is a Directly Licensed Centre for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. The school is a Lead School for the Teaching of Computer Science (Computing at School, British Computer Society, DfE). The school has successfully completed the Schools Build a Plane Challenge, where students worked together to construct an airworthy light aircraft. [14] The school was rated as 'Outstanding' overall and in each major area in its Ofsted report of November 2013. [15]

Notable alumni

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