At Marlborough College Summer School, our expert team of pastoral staff and tutors make entertaining young people look like child's play. Whether you are looking for an answer to that perpetual question of how to please all the family on holiday or childcare options when term ends, we can help.

A multi-generational holiday is a fantastic opportunity for grandparents, parents, siblings and cousins to enjoy time together and create memories that last long after bags have been unpacked back home. However, balancing the needs of a wide range of ages and interests can present a number of challenges, and this is where we believe Summer School offers the ideal, stress-free solution! Parents and grandparents can choose their own courses and entertainment with peace of mind that the youngsters are happy and well cared for, but never far away.

In addition to staying at the College with their families, young people aged from three to 17 years are welcome to attend as day students. For the four weeks of Summer School, courses run from Monday to Friday and last for either five full or five half days. We therefore offer an ideal childcare option over the long summer holiday, especially as eligible working parents can use Childcare Vouchers or the new tax-free scheme, Childcare Choices to help pay for courses. What's more, non-resident young people from age 6 and upwards that wish to stay on for the evening activities between 4.30pm and 6.30pm can do so from just £5 extra per evening.

We divide courses for young people into four age bands with the structure and content designed to provide an exciting adventure in a safe environment. Junior Troopers (3-6 years) and Children's Activities (6-9 years) adopt the multi-activity approach with a packed programme of arts and crafts, music, sports and outdoor games. Like the adults, older children and teenagers can choose a morning and afternoon course, which they continue all week. Here are just some of the diverse activities available this year. 

For Young Adventurers (9 to 12 years)

  • Infinity Spy Agency with Jim Salkeld -  This is a course for kids who want to be Special Agents and parents who want their Young Adventurers to develop confidence, critical thinking and communication skills. Youngsters will learn a combination of spy skills, self-defence and gadget making before qualifying for Critical Missions where they will battle against time to discover the mysteries locked in ancient objects and foil enemy plans.  
  • Gruesome Grub and Gory Stories with Perry Staker - Would your Young Adventurer like a chance to feast like a Roman and banquet like a Tudor, meet a soldier from the English Civil War and learn about useful things to do with poo!? Then this Horrible Histories inspired course is perfect! Gruesome and not so gruesome food, recipes to cure the plague and fascinating facts about history are all guaranteed. 
  • Crochet Your Own Amigurumi Pets with Claire Lingard - Besides the basics of crochet, this course teaches creativity, collaboration, listening skills and patience in a fun and friendly environment. Budding young crocheters will work towards making one of five adorable pets to take home. Choose from Funky Monkey, Kevin the Koala, Princess Magnificat, Ophelia the Enchanted Unicorn or Darius the Dinosaur. 
  • Yoga for Young Adventurers with Lindsay Faber - Nowadays, children are under more pressure then ever to succeed in the busy world that we live in. In addition to flexibility and balance, yoga has been proven to improve confidence, concentration, general wellbeing and relax the mind. Each session will start with a warm up and then your young yogi will learn lots of asanas (yoga postures) moving on to an array of fun filled yoga games.


For Teenagers (13 to 17 years)

  • Journalism for Teenagers with Tony Padman - Young journos will gain all the skills they need to report, write and edit news and features, along with a range of tips and tricks to get their stories into shape. On this practical and fun course, teens will also enjoy finding stories, interviewing people, attending the editor's meeting, writing up stories to a deadline and seeing how newspapers and magazines are put together.
  • Games and Animation Coding: Learn to Code Video Games with Manny Athwal - Coding is a skill of the future and in 15 years from now, not knowing how to code will be like not knowing how to read or write. In this course taught by an expert from the School of Coding, teens will learn the fundamentals of coding and build their own games to take home. No prior experience needed. 
  • Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design with Laura Rothenburg - This course provides a unique insight into the world of fashion and the opportunity to develop a design.  Fledgling fashion designers will manipulate fabrics into 3D form, using soft sculpting or piecing to bring their ideas to life. There will also be a chance to use piping, Italian quilting, patchwork, pleating and more to create a fashion piece ready for the catwalk.
  • Skills for Theatre and Performance with Bonnie Brasier-Dinning or Kate Pasco - This course is a fun and playful introduction to diverse elements of performance and exploring creative ideas through new techniques and expressive skills. Teenagers will learn and play with improvisation, stage combat, movement and dance, text based work, comedy and more to develop confidence on stage, working with others and developing their own ideas. 


View the full range of courses available to young people this summer here


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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 11 Jul - 15 Jul

WK 2 18 Jul - 22 Jul

WK 3 25 Jul - 29 Jul

WK 4 1 Aug - 5 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM