Marling Sixth Form One of the Top in the Country for A-Level Value Added

Marling School is the joint 14th highest grammar school in the whole country for Value Added* at A Level and is in the top 10% nationally of all state, independent, academy schools and sixth forms.

Results published last week by the Department for Education confirm that in 2018, A Level students at Marling made more progress than students at most other schools in the country.

This news is a further boost for Marling Sixth Form’s recruitment of girls and boys for September 2019 entry.  More than 200 girls attended the Sixth Form Open Evening in November 2018, which was a clear sign of interest in and support for the new Marling co-educational Sixth Form.

Visitors to the Open Evening remarked on the aspirational, supportive and welcoming environment Marling Sixth Form provides. The event showcased the wide range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities on offer and gave parents and students an insight into Marling Sixth Form’s inclusive ethos that puts the needs of individual students first.

Building on the success of the Open Evening, 100 prospective students – three quarters of whom are girls – have now signed up for a new A Level Discovery Day, giving students a chance to have a taste of A level lessons at the school.

Isabella Edgell, a Year 11 student at Sir William Romney School said:

‘I am really excited about being part of the first group of girls in Marling Sixth Form. I came to the Open Evening and really liked that and then had a tour of the school with two current students who are doing the subjects I want to study at A Level. They were really friendly and it was so useful to talk to them about what it is like being a student there. I came away from that feeling very positive and next I am going to Discovery Day to try out the lessons for myself.’ 

Each year, up to a third of students entering Marling Sixth Form join from other schools across the region. Both new and existing students find the Sixth Form an inspirational and supportive place to study. 

Marc Boixader-Riera, who joined Marling Sixth Form from Sir William Romney School said:

‘I chose Marling Sixth Form because it offered amazing opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. I am really glad I came here – it is very friendly and I am doing so many exciting things. In March, for example, I will be travelling with a group of Y12 students to take part in a ‘Change the World’ conference in the United Nations in New York.’

Ciaran Sandhu, who joined Marling in Y7 said:

‘I chose to stay at Marling because I knew I would enjoy this sixth form and it would enable me to do my very best at A Level. I want to study medicine at university and this sixth form provides the right mixture of academic challenge and opportunities beyond the classroom to help make that a reality.’

Following the publication of the DfE league tables, Dr Stuart Wilson, Headteacher of Marling School said:

 ‘The value added figures are fantastic news for us and confirm our belief that we are providing the best possible learning environment for all our students, no matter their entry level. Whether students join us with ten grade 9s at GCSE or five grade 6s, they can get better A Levels then if they studied almost anywhere else.’

 Steve Farr, Head of Sixth Form said:

 ‘This news comes at an exciting time for us as we are admitting girls to our sixth form for the first time. We are delighted to be able to extend the education and opportunities we provide to even more young people.’


Applications for entry to Marling Sixth Form in September 2019 should be submitted by 15th February.  

 *Value Added is a measure of progress that students make from GCSE to A Level. The Value Added measure compares students’ final A Level grades with their predicted grades and awards a positive value if students achieve higher than their predictions.

 Information on the performance of all schools, including a comparison of schools in Gloucestershire, can be found at