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The Malling School

Beech Road, East Malling, West Malling, ME19 6DH

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About us

Welcome to The Malling School

Being a Key Stage 5 student at the Malling School encompasses both academic and personal development. We offer a balanced curriculum aimed at achieving academic excellence and take our duty to enable the personal development of sixth form students very seriously. We encourage participation in extra-curricular activities and entrust students to positions of leadership and responsibility within the student body. We believe that the combination of academic and personal development prepares students to make their next steps in the world.

Whilst the systems in place to support our students remain the same regardless of their year group, the pace at which students work and the way in which they approach their work will be significantly different to their experiences at GCSE. In addition to formal teaching periods, students will be expected to engage in private study in their own time, requiring independence and discipline. Key Stage 5 courses are demanding and students must be prepared to work beyond the formal written exercises set. Considerable extra study is required including additional reading. A successful student will need to spend additional hours each week working at home as well as in school. Our aim is to provide students with the skills required to be successful, not only in their chosen courses, but also as they move forward into higher education or employment.

Your choice of Key Stage 5 study is an important one; the decision you make now is not just about the next few years, it is about the rest of your life. By choosing to study at The Malling School you choose the things that are important to your future: committed teaching staff, outstanding pastoral support, excellent facilities, and a strong academic and personal development programme.

About us

In Years 12 and 13 there are currently two main educational pathways: The International Baccalaureate Careers Programme (level 3) and the Vocational Programme (level 2).

The International Baccalaureate Careers Programme (IBCP) combines careers related study with academic study to create a qualification that is well regarded by both universities and employers. It is aimed at young people who would like to progress to university or to the higher levels of employment (e.g. higher level apprenticeships or internships with larger companies).

The vocational course is a bespoke course aimed at young people who are working towards level 2 and would like to ultimately progress to a level 3 course or work based training. It combines work experience with vocational qualifications along with functional mathematics and English and is tailored to the individual aspirations or educational needs. It is particularly relevant to those with an EHCP plan.

Entry requirements for these post sixteen courses are:

• International Baccalaureate Careers Programme: at least five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above including grade 4 or above in both English and mathematics.

• Vocational Programme: at least three GCSEs (or equivalent) in any subject at grade 1 or above.

Student support

Additional support


Our pastoral systems have been recognised time and again as a real strength of the school. The school is split into four houses, each headed by a Deputy Headteacher who is supported by a non-teaching Guidance Manager. Each house contains tutor groups of about twenty students, each led by a form tutor. The students meet their tutors for half an hour each day and have a weekly assembly with their Vice Principal. The house system is fundamental to most of what we do at TMS.

In Years 12-13 students are in tutor groups with their own year group as they need to focus on things relevant to their age such as examinations. However, they still have house assemblies with the younger students and are expected to take leadership roles around the school. We also create lots of other opportunities for older students to support younger students throughout their school lives and the house system is instrumental in developing this.

Learner success

Student Destinations

In 2017 every pupil finishing Year 13 went on to either University or a recognised training programme with an employer. After Year 13 around 70% of students each year go to university with the others securing employment or employment based training.

What makes us different?

Facilities available

Extra-Curricular Activities

We encourage all students to get involved with extra-curricular activities as we recognise the important part they play in a rounded education. The extra-curricular programme is extensive and if a group of students want something that isn’t currently available you can bet there will be a member of staff willing to run it. The extracurricular timetable for the current term can be obtained from the school office.


Each subject sets homework regularly and sufficient time is always given to complete it as we recognise that students have lives outside of school too. We use an online tool called Show My Homework to help you keep track of homework. Parents have their own login details to see what homework has been set as well as when it is due. Automated reminders can be set for parents and students and Apps are available for mobile devices so there is no longer any reason for homework to be forgotten.

The Dining Hall

Our catering service is provided by Chartwells who are a well established catering company for schools and colleges. Their menus, which are updated regularly, are published on our website and on our screens throughout the school. The dining hall is open before school for breakfast club as well as at break and lunch. Hot and cold food is available at all times. We have a cashless payment system that allows parents to pay in advance for purchases from the dining hall. Students are able to pay for their meals using a fingerprint or a PIN. Students are also able to pre-order food in the morning for quick pick up later in the day.

Additional information

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact The Malling School directly.


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