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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]

Marling School
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Coordinates51°44′43″N 2°14′07″W / 51.7454°N 2.2354°W / 51.7454; -2.2354Coordinates: 51°44′43″N 2°14′07″W / 51.7454°N 2.2354°W / 51.7454; -2.2354
TypeGrammar, Academy
MottoAbeunt studia in mores (Studies form character)
FounderSir Samuel Marling
Department for Education URN137123 Tables
Head teacherDr Stuart Wilson
Age11 to 18
HousesBennett, Carter, Elliott, Fuller, Greenstreet
Colour(s)Purple, Blue, Yellow, Red, Green
Mission StatementRaising Aspirations, Inspiring Excellence, Succeeding Together[1]



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

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.[3]

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 new school opened to fee-paying pupils, which included some boarders, 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.[4]

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.[3][5]

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

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.[7]


Marling School has a programme of rebuilding and refurbishment to improve the learning environment.[8]

Following a successful bid to the EFA, the school was awarded a grant of £3.7 million to build a new block that will house the Geography and Mathematics departments and a new dining hall overlooking the cricket pitch and pavilion. 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, History, Foreign Languages, Computing Science and Religious Education. The old gymnasium has been refurbished and repurposed as a library and school archive.

A vaguely modern sixth form block serves the students of both the Marling School and Stroud High School sixth forms.

Awards and recognitionEdit

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

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Meet the Head". Archived from the original on 2016-05-22. Retrieved 2016-06-07.
  2. ^ "Marling School Track". 2001-09-23. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  3. ^ a b "Marling School". 2015-06-01. Archived from the original on 2016-05-20. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  4. ^ "Stroud: Education | British History Online". Archived from the original on 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 6, 2007. Retrieved May 26, 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ David Wiles (2010-01-25). "Dr Stuart Wilson appointed as new headteacher at Marling School (From Stroud News and Journal)". Archived from the original on 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  7. ^ Marling School 1887 to 1987 W. Oliver Wicks Pub 1986
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Marling School : Ofsted REport" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-05-20.

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