Marling School

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Marling School
Marling School Logo.png
Motto Abeunt studia in mores (Studies form character)
Established 1887
Type Grammar, Academy
Headteacher Dr Stuart Wilson
Founder Sir Samuel Marling
Location Cainscross Road
England Coordinates: 51°44′43″N 2°14′07″W / 51.7454°N 2.2354°W / 51.7454; -2.2354
DfE URN 137123 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 832
Gender Boys
Ages 11–18
Houses Carter, Elliott, Fuller, Greenstreet
Colours Blue, Yellow, Red, Green
Mission Statement Raising Aspirations, Inspiring Excellence, Succeeding Together
Website Marling School

Marling School is an Outstanding (Ofsted, Nov 2013) grammar school with academy status for boys aged 11–18 located in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. It is on the Cainscross Road, the main route out of Stroud towards the M5.[1]


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

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.

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.[2]

The new school opened to fee-paying pupils in 1889 and in 1909 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.[3]

The original buildings were built shortly after the school's foundation.

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 much of the Lower School portion of the Marling campus.[4]

In November 2008, the former Head Teacher Roger Locke was suspended. Following prolonged disciplinary proceedings and an Employment Tribunal, his dismissal for the harassment of fellow members of staff was finally upheld in May 2010.[5]

Following the appointment of Dr Stuart Wilson as the new headteacher in 2010,[6] Marling School converted to an academy in August 2011.


Marling School has a programme of rebuilding and refurbishment to improve the learning environment.[7][8] A new sixth form block is now operational and serving the students of the joint Marling School and Stroud High School combined sixth form. A new 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 school benefits from modern facilities including the sports hall, a music block which includes a recording studio and music technology classrooms as well as a large Music Hall used for concerts. The school has excellent IT facilities with four large IT suites and a Computing Laboratory. A new science building, consisting of 2 new class rooms, has recently been completed. Following a successful bid to the EFA, the school was awarded a grant of £3.7 million to build a replacement for the 'The Long Corridor' and old canteen. This will offer modern and contemporary facilities for mathematics and geography along with a new refectory.

Marling School continues to develop as a successful and thriving school gaining an 'Outstanding' judgement by OFSTED Inspectors in the teaching of Business and Economics in December 2011.

Marling School underwent a full Section 5 Ofsted inspection on the 12th and 13 November 2013. Marling School gained Outstanding judgments in all areas of the inspection.

Awards and recognition[edit]

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. The school was rated as 'Outstanding' overall and in each major area in its Ofsted report of November 2013.[9]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Marling School viewed from the road.



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