Marlborough School caters for pupils aged 11 – 19 years who have severe and complex learning difficulties. A number of our students have profound and multiple learning difficulties and nearly half have a diagnosis of autism. We are keen to ensure that all our pupils have a peer group that they can relate to and can socialise with and that we have a bespoke curriculum which is tailored to meet our pupils’ very specific needs.

20% of students are on our Meadow Pathway, 30% on our Legacy Pathway and 50% on our Orchard Pathway. In addition:

  • 22% of students use a wheelchair 
  • 15% of students have a walker or standing frame
  • 25% of students have a medical care plan
  • 58% of students have Autism
  • Over 50% of students are non-verbal
  • 85% of students have a PBS plan and 15% students a wellbeing Plan.
  • Of these 85%, 21% have significant complex behaviour and are in our Orchard Pathway
  • 90% whole school attendance
  • 40% of students are on FSM
  • 65% of students and 8% of staff are male.
  • 35% of students and 92% of staff are female.
  • 39% of students and 81% of staff are White British.
  • 28% of students and 3.5% of staff are Black African.
  • 14% of students and 2% of staff are Any Other Black Background.

The provision at Marlborough School complements the other provisions that are available within the London Borough of Bexley. We are a relatively small school, split across two sites, and this has many benefits. 

All of our students are admitted following a consultation process through the local authority. We carefully consider each referral made to us to ensure that we are fully able to meet the student’s needs and if we do not feel that Marlborough school is the right provision for a student, we will communicate this to the local authority. An appeals process is available should any party wish to appeal a decision

KIDS SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Mediation service is an independent mediation and disagreement resolution service, which is free of charge for parents/carers and young people.

There service helps to settle disagreements between parents or young people and local authorities (LA’s), schools or other education providers.

We welcome visitors to the school and strongly recommend that parents and carers come and visit us before making an application.

Information about the Local Authority's SEN admissions can be found here:

Please see the School Admissions Policy for further information. 

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