An authentic British boarding programme awaits at Marlborough College Malaysia, just half an hour’s drive from the Tuas Checkpoint

Most parents would agree that selecting the right school for their child is one of their biggest concerns. From preschool all the way to university, some parents put a lot of thought into seeking out the best institutions and enrol their children into the most prestigious programmes, even if it means an overseas education.

For Singaporean families, Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom are top choices. The latter, especially, is home to many prestigious boarding schools that have educated royalty and elites.

One such institution is Marlborough College, which has produced the likes of author and journalist Beverley Nichols, Hollywood star James Mason, co-founder of The Guinness Book of Records Ross McWhirter, and many more. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton herself was educated at the 175-year-old college in Wiltshire, England.

There are many merits to a boarding system—living with schoolmates allow children to foster friendships and pick up social skills, as well as learn to be independent.

But for parents who want to play an active role in their child’s formative years, this can be a difficult decision—which is why Marlborough College’s offshoot in Iskandar Puteri, Johor offers the best of both worlds.

Boarding close to home

Just half an hour’s drive from the Tuas Checkpoint, Marlborough College Malaysia is the only international school in Asia offering an authentic British boarding programme.

Students year five and above at MCM are given the option to full-board or day-board—when the child boards for three days and returns home after school for the remaining week, allowing them to maintain connections with the family.

Boarders live communally in Houses under the leadership of a Housemaster or Housemistress, and mentorship of resident House tutors and visiting tutors, while inter-house competitions that range from debating to drama strive to develop relationships and comradeship between students.

The Sixth Form experience

Marlborough College Malaysia’s International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme at the sixth form level also offers a holistic curriculum to nurture leaders and thinkers. On top of six subjects across language, humanities, sciences, mathematics and the arts, students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities as well as social events and field trips.

Preparing them for further studies, the flexible timetable and extensive resources instil in students a sense of responsibility in their own education, while offering mentorship and guidance within reach.

The quality of education is evident—this year, Marlborough College Malaysia saw a pass rate of 98.5 per cent for its IB diploma programme candidates, surpassing the world average of 77.4 per cent. The candidates also achieved an average score of 35.5 points—exceeding a world average of 29.6 points.

The opportunities offered by Marlborough College Malaysia extends beyond schooling years. When your child graduates, he or she will join the school’s alumni as part of the Marlburian Club. They will also be eligible to become members of several private London clubs, opening doors for ample networking opportunities.