Malvern College’s Ethos

Malvern College’s Ethos

We foster a vibrant, nurturing environment and place your child at the centre of everything we do. Our experienced teachers adopt a personalised approach to inspire and empower each of our pupils to go beyond expectations and expand their potential. Drawing upon our 150+ year British boarding school heritage, we strive to instil a strong sense of community and responsibility amongst all members of the Malvern College family, through which pupils are encouraged to challenge boundaries, think critically and act collaboratively. We envisage them developing lifelong relationships with a genuine passion for learning that will extend further.

“Academic excellence, a vast array of extra-curricular activities and pastoral care are all central tenets of Malvern life; but more importantly we seek to develop happy, balanced, and well-rounded individuals who leave us fulfilled and equipped to flourish.

The boarding ethos affords the pupils the time and the opportunity to develop as confident, creative and caring individuals within a friendly and supportive community. Our staff are talented and committed, and focus on the individual. We believe in working in partnership with parents, who are always welcome at the school.”

Keith Metcalfe, Headmaster of Malvern College

To accomplish this, we focus on key areas of development, mainly:
  • Academic– to discipline the mind;
  • Cultural– to inspire the heart;
  • Character Development – to create awareness of one’s self and be respectful of others;
  • Co-curricular – to strengthen the body as well as their minds and characters.

In all these key areas of development, we have high expectations of our pupils in terms of their effort, achievements and behaviour and we aim to provide them with the means by which they can develop to the best of their abilities, their knowledge, skills and personality. By so doing, Malvern College seeks to develop confident, well-rounded individuals who can be successful in their own lives and of service to others.


The Malvern Qualities

The ethos of Malvern College is cultivated through a focus on eleven carefully selected qualities which are distinct to the Malvern College community:

Resilience – having the ability to approach uncertainty with forethought, resourcefulness and determination;

Self-awareness – understanding one’s strengths and seeing opportunities in one’s weaknesses;

Kindness – realising that our actions have an impact on others, so there is always an effort to make a positive difference;

Open-mindedness – appreciating one’s heritage and cultural background as well as the values and traditions of others;

Collaboration – learning to work effectively by seeing things from different perspectives;

Risk-taking – being able to create decisions based on deliberate actions;

Curiosity – knowing how to ask questions and having an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and continuous learning;

Ambition – having a strong sense of achievement, whether for one’s self or for others;

Independence – capable of acting independently guided by a strong thought-process;

Integrity – awareness of the effects of one’s actions and the responsibility that comes with it;

Humility – being self-reflective and open to others’ opinions.