Bobmore Lane, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1JE
Telephone - 01628 483 752
Company Registration No.07690054

Headteacher’s Welcome

Thank you for taking an interest in our school. I am extremely proud and consider it to be a privilege to be the Headteacher of Great Marlow. Over the last few years the school has gone from strength to strength and now enjoys an enviable reputation as an excellent school that is hugely over-subscribed. We have consistently demonstrated that GMS creates opportunities for every child, supports them to release their potential and enables them to achieve excellence.

Great Marlow became an Academy on 1 August 2011 and is a mixed school with over 1,250 students, aged 11-18, of whom over 200 are in the Sixth Form. Although an Academy, the school still works very closely with the local authority and, due to the popularity of the school, the governors have agreed to the local authority’s request to expand the intake to allow more parents, carers and students access to their first choice.

To accommodate the increased number of students, a construction programme began in 2016 to build a high quality performing arts centre, eight new classrooms and a new school entrance.

As the 2017 – 2018 academic year begins, students and staff have moved into the new buildings. Drama has impressive new drama facilities, located close to the Music Department, where close collaboration continues to grow. The former A-block is now doubled in size; it houses the administrative operation of the school as well as new modern classrooms to accommodate the flourishing growth in our school numbers. All this enriches the learning environment at Great Marlow School. The new school entrance and changes to the size of the canteen are projects that are on-going and will further enhance the school’s facilities.

We remain very proud of the of the ‘state of the art’ sports centre named after former student Sir Steve Redgrave and the Sixth Form Centre, with study facilities that would grace a university. These facilities continue to inspire students to strive to achieve the very best possible.

Our curriculum has been carefully designed with significant flexibility to make sure it meets the needs of all our students. It provides a very broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 3, an excellent range of options at GCSE and, in the Sixth Form, a wide range of A-level qualifications. GMS also offers a number of vocational courses in Key Stage 4 and in the Sixth Form. We are proud of the continuing academic success achieved in the three key stages.

The examination results at both GCSE and A-level, including the vocational qualifications, are excellent due to the inspirational teaching; outstanding relationships between staff and students; and the aspirational climate of the school. All students experience the highest level of care and guidance to support their personal and academic development, and this reflects the commitment and dedication of the staff: it is the essential ingredient that ensures every student makes exceptional progress.

Great Marlow continues to be an integral part of the local community. The governance of the school is a key strength and has played an integral role in shaping the vision, values and ethos of this establishment. The governors are a dedicated, highly qualified, professional team of people who work extremely effectively with the leadership team to ensure continuing success.

Students thoroughly enjoy school and are clearly proud to attend GMS. Visitors always comment on the fantastic atmosphere that pervades the school, the purpose and commitment, but also the smiles and obvious enjoyment of everyone involved. We are extremely proud of our school and encourage parents and carers to browse this website for further information.

Kevin Ford


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