FAQs

How many of your pupils board and how many are day pupils?
76% of our pupils are full-boarders and 24% are day pupils. Day pupils are fully integrated in to the boarding houses. Some day pupils go home after their lessons and other commitments have ended at around 6.00pm and others stay on until 9.00 or 10.00pm: to study or to take part in other activities or just to enjoy the company of their friends.

Do you offer flexi-boarding?
No; which means that boarders will always have plenty of company at the weekends. Day pupils are very welcome to stay overnight on an occasional basis (for example, if they are involved in an activity or event that finishes late in the evening or starts very early the following morning).

How many children are there in a dorm?
It varies from house to house but in Year 9 there are usually 6 – 10 children in a dorm. This reduces as the child progresses through the school and in the Sixth Form most pupils will have their own study bedroom (in some houses they might have to share with one other pupil just for one term).

How often can Boarders come home?
There are 2 Leave-Out weekends (long weekends) and a half-term break in the Autumn and Spring Terms and 1 Leave-Out weekend and a half-term break in the Summer Term. The dates of the Leave-Out weekends are fixed but if there is a special reason for a pupil to go home outside of these dates (e.g. for an important family celebration) then of course we would accommodate that.

Are Leave-Out weekends compulsory?
Yes, all pupils must leave the campus on Leave-Out weekends.

What sets Malvern apart from other schools?
Malvern is a wonderfully warm and welcoming school with a strong sense of being part of a large family, particularly in the boarding houses where all meals are eaten in the houses’ own dining rooms.

Adding value: Some pupils join us from a very strong academic position and will fly through the College achieving top grades, others have been selected for their wide range of strengths and may find the academic rigours of their courses more challenging. Whatever their starting point, there are systems in place to support, stretch and challenge pupils who flourish here and more frequently exceed than meet their own expectations - whether that be in their academic results or in their contribution to other aspects of life at Malvern, such as sport, drama or music.

Sport: Strategic partnerships with Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Worcester Warriors RFC, both of whom use our sports facilities for training, enable us to provide expert coaching opportunities and pathways for talented sportsmen. We also have very close links with Stourport Hockey Club whose ladies play in the National League.

How long has the current Headmaster been in situ?
Keith Metcalfe joined the College as Headmaster in 2019.

How many pupils are there in a class?
The average class size across the school is 15. The maximum class size is 21 but they are often much smaller and in the Sixth Form the average class size is 9.

Do you “set” pupils in every subject?
Pupils are “set” in most subjects. This year there are 6 sets for Maths, 5 for French, 3 for Latin and Spanish and 2 for German which are all based on ability. For English, there are 5 sets; a top set and 4 mixed ability sets. Pupils will usually be in the same sets for English, History and R.S. In Science there are 6 sets; 2 top sets of equal ability, 2 middle sets and 2 bottom sets. Geography sets are linked to the Science sets.

What is your CE pass mark?
50%, however the average pass mark is 65%. 

What is the ratio of boys to girls?
Approximately 55:45. Malvern was originally a boys’ school but we have been co-educational since 1992.

Which are the most popular Houses and how do I choose the right one?
Every child you meet when you visit the College will tell you that they are in the best house! All the houses share the same values and ethos but differ slightly in style and you might feel that the style of one house suits you more than another. Typically, you will only see one house when you visit the College due to time constraints but you are welcome to come back and see more houses for comparison if you wish to. Families are welcome to express their House preferences and we will do our best to meet these, however, the College reserves the right to allocate pupils to Houses in order to maintain a balanced mix in all year groups. 

How many foreign students do you have?
Overall, around 30% of our pupils come from Europe or Overseas representing 44 different nationalities are we are proud of our welcoming and multicultural community. 

What are your Leavers’ destinations?

UK Universities

This year, including Oxbridge offers, 240 Russell Group University places were offered in a wide range of subjects; popular options included Business, Economics, Law, Engineering, Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Modern Languages. 70% of applicants obtained a place at their first-choice institution; 60% of places are at Russell Group Universities. Particularly popular universities have been UCL, Edinburgh, Durham, Exeter, Bristol and KCL.

Overseas Universities

In 2019, many pupils have gained places at international universities: to the US (e.g. Barnard, Northeastern, Boston, USC, New York University); several to Università Bocconi in Milan.