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Educational Philosophy

We believe that a Malvern education develops individuals who are confident, equipped to engage with a range of people from all walks of life beyond school, and inspired to make a difference as individuals to society at large.

The broad academic curriculum, complemented by an extensive sporting, musical, artistic and dramatic co-curriculum and under-pinned by a strong emphasis on pastoral care, encourages individuals to maximise their potential. Stimulated and challenged by the Malvern experience, our pupils more frequently exceed expectations than match them. The emphasis on individual achievement has its counterpoint in our encouragement of teamwork, co-operation and service to others.

We believe it is important for our pupils to have a firm commitment to deep-rooted values, and to be flexible, pragmatic and open to new ideas. We seek to be inclusive and fair, respecting members of all cultural backgrounds, and promoting responsible and active citizenship. We aim to develop communication and leadership skills in our students who emerge as lively, articulate young adults ready to contribute widely to the global community.

We believe in creating a student-oriented, interactive learning environment where students learn to question, to communicate their ideas effectively, to work independently, to problem-solve and to develop resilience by persisting with tasks they may find challenging.

Key Features of a Malvern Education

Whilst each Malvern College overseas will develop to fit in with the local culture, regulations and needs of the pupils, at the heart of each school are a common ethos and set of values to which all staff show commitment:

  • A commitment to developing well-rounded individuals through a broad academic and co-curricular programme.
  • An emphasis on strong pastoral systems to support the wellbeing of pupils.
  • A high-quality learning and teaching environment which encourages independent learning.
  • A comprehensive co-curricular programme including sports, arts, music and leadership activities.
  • A commitment to developing internationally minded pupils.
  • A well-embedded house system with which pupils identify strongly, providing opportunities for healthy competition and engagement across year groups.
  • Strong relationships between all members of the school community based on mutual respect and a shared commitment to providing the best opportunities for the pupils.
  • A focus on developing key attributes in pupils, something we call the Malvern Qualities. These include resilience, self-awareness, open-mindedness, kindness, collaboration, risk-taking, curiosity, ambition, independence, integrity and humility.
  • Delivery of internationally recognised academic programmes in English by predominantly native English speaking expatriate teachers.

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The Malvern Qualities

At Malvern College we seek to encourage and develop the following qualities in our pupils:


Showing persistence and perseverance in the face of difficulty. Having the ability to face challenges with confidence and with good humour. Being able to respond positively to setbacks and to see them as an opportunity to learn.


Being reflective about the process of learning and what we do. Showing an awareness of both strengths and weaknesses and taking responsibility for personal development.


Being open-minded to the wide range of beliefs, opinions and cultures that make up the modern world and yet having the strength of character to stand by one’s own. Showing respect and acceptance to those who hold contrary views and the intellectual flexibility to see others’ points of view. Having a global outlook and actively contributing to a multi-cultural society.


Recognising that kindness and consideration are an essential part of a civilised society and a happy community. Acting with compassion and showing empathy towards those in difficulty.


Demonstrating an awareness that collaboration is a vital skill in society. Working with others to bring about the greater good and to offer service. Showing generosity towards other opinions and ideas and an ability to recognise that other ideas may be better than one’s own. Working together to learn.


Demonstrating a confident, imaginative and innovative approach to what is possible. Pushing oneself both mentally and physically in unfamiliar situations. Showing curiosity and creativity to explore new ideas and opportunities.  


Having an inquisitive and investigative attitude.


Being forward-thinking with a vision of the future, and showing the determination and courage to follow this path.  


Showing self-reliance and resourcefulness in all actions.


Showing the strength of character to be an honest and trustworthy member of society and to stand by one’s beliefs. Being willing to accept personal responsibility where things go wrong and to learn from mistakes when they occur. Demonstrating intellectual honesty by acknowledging sources of information and ideas.  


Having awareness of one’s strengths and abilities but with a sense of modesty. Recognising the distinction and benefits of a Malvern College education, making the most of the opportunities it provides and understanding with sensitivity and humility that others do not enjoy the same advantages.