Malvern College is a leading co-educational full boarding and day school for pupils aged 13-18. Founded in 1865, Malvern is set in a beautiful 250-acre campus, which offers first-class facilities to its pupils. Malvern College has offered the International Baccalaureate as an alternative academic qualification to A levels since 1992, with equal numbers of pupils now taking A levels and the IB in the Sixth Form.
Malvern College has a total of 650 pupils, with 310 pupils in the Sixth Form.
The broad curriculum and co-curriculum is under-pinned by a strong emphasis on pastoral care to encourage and enable individuals to maximise their potential. We have recently made significant investments in state-of-the-art science facilities and have also opened two new superbly equipped boarding houses and a state-of-the-art sports complex. The boarding houses have extensive en-suite facilities and the sports complex includes a 25m swimming pool, an eight-court sports hall, shooting range, squash courts, dance studio, multi-purpose fitness suite and an entertainment suite. The Sports Complex has been designed to accommodate the needs of the school and those of Worcester County Cricket Club and Worcester Warriors, who use the facility for its winter training. We also have two tournament-quality Rackets courts. In addition, we offer a wide range of co-curricular activities from canoeing and mountain biking to climbing and scuba-diving.
Stimulated and challenged by the 'Malvern experience', pupils more frequently exceed expectations than match them. The focus on individual achievement is counterbalanced by an encouragement of teamwork and a spirit of co-operation and service to others.
Malvern College is a school for all-rounders and we are seeking pupils with energy, spirit and a sense of purpose who are prepared to engage with the wide range of activities and opportunities that the school offers. At the same time we expect pupils to maximise their individual academic potential, whether that be entry to Oxbridge or a more modest, but nonetheless admirable achievement.
We recruit approximately 200 new pupils each year. The majority emanate from the surrounding rural counties, but as a full boarding school (80% of pupils board) we also attract pupils from further afield and we have a significant number of MoD and British expatriate families. Existing family connections are strongly encouraged and a number of our pupils are second, third and even fourth generation Old Malvernians (OMs).
Much-loved actor and writer Simon Callow has relaunched Malvern College’s iconic Rogers Theatre after a major refurbishment, at a packed gala evening that included an acclaimed performance of ‘Chicago’ by some of the College’s most gifted performers.
The theatre, originally a boxing stadium in Edwardian times, has been rebuilt and extended to include a substantial glass foyer, creating a versatile space for small-scale performances, exhibitions, rehearsals and exams. It will also provide room for receptions and gatherings before performances and during intervals. The new flexible seating will enable the staging of a variety of drama styles including theatre in the round. The Salnikow Circle has also been enlarged to provide further seating and an integrated, state-of-the-art technical control area beneath a new tension wire grid, giving pupils safe access to lighting and sound equipment. The whole project cost £4 million, with £1 million raised by College donors, including the Malvernian Society.
Simon Callow who has been starring opposite Jane Asher in a sell-out run of the Noel Coward Classic ‘A Song at Twilight’ at the Malvern Theatre arrived after his matinee performance and enjoyed a tour of the Rogers Theatre. During the opening ceremony, he underlined his passion for live theatre.
“Honestly, I’ll open any theatre - out of self-interest,” he confessed, “partly because perhaps one day I’ll appear in that theatre – and because if we encourage people to do plays and go to see plays – and that habit continues as it has for over 2000 years, I might still be able to make a living. I little knew what a wonderful theatre this would be. It’s thrilling: one of those special, rare spaces which, as you step into it, you feel it instantly appeals and you think ‘I want to make theatre now’. You immediately get a sense of the energy of that stage and understand there is going to be a vivid, real connection with audience.
In some theatres you feel as though you’re on top of a mountain, shouting down with little connection with the audience. Here you can command every single inch of the theatre with your energy, with your voice and with the words the writer has kindly given you.”
“Nothing compares with this live interchange between stage and auditorium,” he continued. “The whole Idea of this interchange – of actors telling the audience a story - is that it will change the audience but also that the audience will change us. The shell this theatre inhabits was made for a different purpose – all those exhausting years of pugilism are somehow on the walls - but theatre shouldn’t be a sacred, special withdrawn space; it should be part of life – like this wonderful space.”
‘Chicago’ received a standing ovation and among a strong cast, the highly experienced Lucie Fletcher as Velma and Missie Hingley as Roxie stood out.
Nic Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Malvern Theatres, praised the Rogers Theatre’s sympathetic refurbishment marrying modern and Edwardian architecture.
“I enjoyed the production of ‘Chicago”, he commented. “The theatre’s well designed, comfortable and the stage has very clean lines. There’s a good atmosphere and excellent acoustic.”
Keith Packham, the College’s Director of Drama is equally enthusiastic:
“The refurbished Rogers Theatre is a vibrant, dynamic space for theatre makers which has been warmly received by both patrons and performers,” he said. “Throughout the design process, we paid much attention to detail and considered carefully the heritage of the building and how modern enhancements would sit alongside the original building features. We hope that rehearsing and performing in such a wonderfully creative environment will inspire future artistic talent here at Malvern College and in the wider Malvern community.”
Malvern College: Rachael Heyhoe Flint Cricket Award
Malvern College has named 13-year-old Grace Seedhouse as the inaugural winner of the prestigious Rachael Heyhoe Flint Cricket Award, set up in memory of the pioneering cricket star who died in January.
Grace, from Birchfield School in Shropshire, was selected from dozens of talented young cricketers who attended highly competitive trials last week; she will join Malvern College in September 2019. The award is worth several thousand pounds a year plus a package of mentoring and specialist coaching on the College’s Performance Pathway designed to help each recipient reach the highest level and is the first dedicated girls’ cricket scholarship offered by any school.
In October last year Sebastian Grace read about the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation which had enabled the building of the Gahanga National Cricket Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda.
The Cricket Builds Hope Charity is the legacy of that Foundation and now works to raise awareness and funds to effect social change in Rwanda through cricket.
“Cricket is only twenty years old in Rwanda but it is already playing a major role in the drive toward reconciliation following the terrible genocide in the country,” said Seb.
Seb got in touch with the charity, who were surprised at the immense amount of media coverage their project had received in the UK, given the small size of the organisation, but was delighted to hear they were very excited by the prospect of him coming to volunteer and support their work.
Keen for the charity to continue to play a major role in the movement for social change in Rwanda, they were encouraging volunteers like Seb to become involved and help to work towards social change through cricket.
In support of this work, back in the UK, Seb set up a JustGiving page and raised over £5,500. He put systems in place for the collection of cricket kit here at Malvern, as well as at his brother’s school and his local cricket club, acquiring a lot of kit and clothing through generous donations from many who got behind the project. In July 2018, he set off for Rwanda to be with the charity for a period of three weeks. He stayed with the charity’s local representative who runs the project on the ground.
“It was a tremendously busy, rewarding and fulfilling time,” says Seb. Rwanda were hosting the ICC World Cup T20 Africa B qualifiers, attended by Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, all taking part alongside the host nation, which revelled in their first official ICC event.
There was a lot to be getting along with on the logistical and organisational front for the tournament, and Seb also coached cricket, helping the charity to make a difference and making the most of the chances that he had to share his love of cricket with many young Rwandan enthusiasts and future stars. He says, “I have learned a great deal from my experiences this summer and I am very eager to return for a longer stint in the not too distant future.”
Cricket Builds Hope has received funding from Comic Relief for their gender empowerment programme, and the organisation is fast becoming a permanent fixture in the community.
“Their work for the gender empowerment programme was very impressive. Professional coaches, locals trained by the charity, taught techniques that helped other local women to acquire skills such as self-advocacy, self-confidence and public speaking, before the Rwandan Cricket Association trained coaches used the second part of the sessions to put these learned skills into cricket scenarios and skill practise drills, designed to encapsulate what they had learned in the classroom.”
“I have witnessed, first hand, that independence and determination are crucial in building resilience in individuals. Cricket’s major role in furthering the progress of reconciliation throughout Rwanda is truly inspiring. The charity’s amazing work is indicative that sport has an enduring influence worldwide and can be a real force for change”.
Malvern College hosts best-selling author, Paula Byrne
Best-selling author, Paula Byrne, gave the 2019 George Sayer Fellowship lecture at Malvern College on Wednesday evening (6th March 2019).
Speaking on the topic of “Poetry, Mental Health and Well-being”, she enthralled and challenged her audience, which consisted of pupils, staff, visitors and members of the local community, to acknowledge and embrace the physical, psychological and spiritual power of reading and writing poetry.
Known for her writings on Jane Austen, Evelyn Waugh, Dido Belle and Kick Kennedy, Paula Byrne is also the chief reviewer for The Times newspaper, and a judge of the Costa Book Prize. She is also no stranger to Malvern, having written about the town’s literary associations, including Evelyn Waugh and the Madresfield Estate.
On the same day, she also gave three special writing workshops for selected pupils from Malvern College and The Chase Academy. She shared her experiences of discovering in the ‘footnotes’ of history various forgotten figures and how she turned her research into ‘a good read’. Pupils were entranced and many budding writers also appreciated her tips about how to crack into the professional writing game.
Inaugurated last year, the George Sayer Fellowship is an annual prize named in honour of the previous Head of English at Malvern College who, in addition to being an inspiring schoolmaster, was a close friend of C.S. Lewis and J.R. R. Tolkien and hosted them during their many visits to Malvern. It is awarded to a figure of national or international significance who has contributed to the literary, cultural or educational sphere – just as George Sayer would have liked!
Over 200 competitors, including pupils, staff and Old Malvernians took part in the 132nd Ledbury run, a seven-and-three-quarter mile cross country run that starts at Ledbury and takes runners over the top of the Malvern Hills to finish at the College
The route is hard going and crosses the Hills at a point called The Wrecker, the meaning of which is lost on no-one who has run the race before.
This year rain had made the course muddy but the runners enjoyed some welcome sunshine most of the way around. Freddie Lawton-Smith, in the Lower Sixth ran this already challenging race in full military order to raise money for the Royal Marines Charity, which he learned about through his participation in the CCF section of the Royal Marines in school. His kit weighed 21lbs, excluding his boots. Feddie has raised a total of £650 so far.
“We all admired Freddie’s determination to complete what was already a tough race, in full CCF kit”, says his tutor, and a Lieutenant in the Royal Marines section, of the Malvern College CCF, George Bilclough.
Freddie says, “The money I have raised will go towards helping brave servicemen and women and their families deal with the impact of the high-intensity military service in which they have been involved.”
Malvern College Art Scholarships launched in memory of Richard Nieper
Malvern College is launching several attractive art scholarships in memory of gifted artist and designer Richard Nieper, a former pupil, who died tragically in 2012 of epilepsy aged only 42.
The Nieper family, who run a successful clothing business in Derbyshire, are endowing up to two awards each year, enabling talented teenage artists to study at Malvern in the Sixth form and benefit from its outstanding tradition of Art and Design as well as all other aspects of the education it offers. The new awards are being offered in the run-up to National Epilepsy Week, from May 22nd to help raise awareness of the condition which kills scores of apparently healthy young people each year. They are aimed at youngsters with a passion for Art, but without the family income to attend a top independent school. The College is still taking applications for this year’s awards.
For the Nieper family, many of them Malvernians past and present, the scholarship is a chance to remember a much-loved son and brother and focus attention on his extraordinary talents and personal qualities.
“Richard was a superb artist, a creative thinker and incredibly talented from early childhood,” explained his sister Juliet Stocks. “After he died we found some exquisite leaf rubbings, prints and watermarks he’d made in string when he was only 7. He was quite slight and suffered from asthma so Art was always his great love rather than sport or academic pursuits and he was also a very good musician. When he arrived at Malvern, the Art School became his second home as it was - and is - really advanced, offering art, photography and design, allowing him to do abstracts, life drawings and very large-scale paintings. By the age of 17 he’d amassed an extraordinary portfolio. He did an Art Foundation course at Middlesex and became a gifted furniture designer, able to work in wood, leather, metal and a range of fabrics. He illustrated every page of a 1000-page animation he produced about the pollution of the world, something he cared deeply about. He had a high moral and ethical sense and always went the extra mile for other people.”
Richard had his first epileptic seizure aged 12 and coped with the condition stoically, even though scans and tests gave no clue to its cause or type, making it hard for specialists to prescribe suitable medication.
“He would endure the fits and pick himself up again afterwards,” recalled Mrs Stocks. “He invariably made light of it and told a funny story about it, rather than saying “Why me?” During his last Christmas he was in wonderful form and hadn’t had a fit for two years. He lived very simply and would always make everyone’s present himself - over 30 gifts - out of wood: beautiful little table mats or quirky, dice-shaped candleholders. Then at New Year, he went back to his flat alone – and simply died there of an unexplained condition called SUDEP – Sudden Death from Epilepsy. It was horrible. There was no warning and suddenly he wasn’t there anymore.
As a family we wanted to endow scholarships reflecting Richard’s life and his great generosity of spirit. Malvern College and its inspirational art teachers had been a crucial part of his development, giving him great artistic opportunities, so we really wanted to allow other gifted artists who could not otherwise have gone to Malvern, to get the same chance as Richard.”
The College’s Head of Art, Christine Prichard, believes the scholarships will provide a huge boost to Malvern’s Art School.
“We’re thrilled that the Nieper family has generously established these wonderful new scholarships in memory of Richard,” she said,” I know they will enhance our already strong reputation in Art and Design and attract many more talented, budding artists to Malvern.”
For details about these awards and how to apply, please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or to contribute to the Richard Nieper Epilepsy fund contact email@example.com
In February, the pupils at Malvern College involved with raising money for the Toilet Twinning charity were rewarded for their industrious efforts by a visit from Sarah Suddrey, from the Tear Fund Subsidiary Charity, Toilet Twinning.
They were able to present Sarah with a cheque for £3,231.25 who congratulated them on the success and originality of their fundraising campaign. Sarah was particularly impressed by the ‘Assassins’ Game’, the Snapchat generation’s version of ‘tag’, set up to involve the whole school, teachers and pupils alike.
The real value, for our pupils, of having Sarah here, was not the praise, or the certificates for the toilets Malvern College has twinned with, but in the pupils’ growing understanding of the problem that exists for others. The lack of proper toilet facilities in the areas where they are needed most means that children are missing school on a regular basis and this disproportionately affects girls.
Fired with enthusiasm for this project pupils at Malvern College have plans for more inventive schemes to raise money for the charity in the future so that all the facilities here, at school, will be matched with a provision abroad.