The history of the school

The reminiscences from the earliest days of the school in 1891 to around 1920 give a flavour of what the early pupils thought. For a fuller explanation of the founding of the school and the building of its facilities you can read the section on founding the school.

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The School was founded in 1887 through the generosity and public spirit of Sir Samuel Marling, Sir Francis Hyett, Mr S S Dickinson, and other local benefactors. Its roots, however, go much further back into the past, for it inherited the endowments of the Red Coat School which was founded in Stroud 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, Robert Aldridge, and others.

By the Education Act of 1944 the School was constituted a Voluntary Controlled Grammar School under the Gloucestershire Education Committee. In 1965 the School was amalgamated with the Stroud Secondary Technical School for Boys which had itself been founded on a neighbouring site in 1910. The School thus became fully selective, four-form entry and Voluntary Controlled. Marling adopted Grant Maintained Status in 1990, converting to Foundation status under the aegis of the LEA in September 1999.

Marling is an 11 to 18 boys' school with a student population of nearly 800. In 1996, Marling and its sister school, Stroud High School, embarked on a process of collaboration at Sixth Form level, thereby enriching the curriculum and options available to students from both schools. The success of this collaboration led to the formation of the Downfield Sixth Form Centre in September 2000 under a new joint Head of the Sixth Form. The School has a wide range of clubs and activities covering cultural as well as leisure and recreational interests. In recent years school expeditions and trips have visited the continents of Africa, Asia and Americas in addition to Modern Language exchange visits to Europe.

Marling has always had a significant role to play in the community and intends to further these links in the future.


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