The Malvern College Family

Malvern College was founded in 1865 in the UK and together with its associated preparatory school, The Downs Malvern, it provides quality education for boys and girls aged from 3 to 18 years. Renowned as its innovative approach to education, the school pioneered the adoption of the Nuffield Science teaching approach, Language Laboratories, Ingenuity tests, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. It consistently receives “Outstanding” rankings from the Office for Standards in Education and the International Schools Inspectorate. Thanks to its academic rigour, scientific heritage and pursuit of holistic education, the College, together with The Downs Malvern has produced renowned alumni including two prime ministers, four Nobel Laureates winning 5 prizes, as well as famous writer C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia.


Due to its strong position at the forefront of educational development and its sharing of the IB belief in the importance of both academic and extra-curricular education, the College is one of the first UK schools to adopt the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Malvern College has now acquired an enviable reputation of being one of the best and most established IB schools in the country and comfortably beats the world average in all subject areas. The College’s IB graduates regularly average over 36 points (the world average was 29.9) and over the last 11 years, 26% of students on average have scored 40 points or more in the last 11 years (40 points normally being considered to be the Oxford and Cambridge minimum entry requirement).


Malvern has an extraordinary scientific heritage: it was the College that radar technology was invented in the 1940s; Nuffield Science was pioneered at Malvern College under John Lewis, former Housemaster and Head of Science; the College, together with The Downs Malvern, has produced many Nobel Prize Winners in Science including Francis William Aston and Frederick Sanger for Chemistry, and Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin for Physiology or Medicine. It also has strong sporting tradition with many accomplished Old Malvernians sportsmen such as R.E. Foster, the only man to have captained England at both cricket and football, Charles Bambridge, England football captain, and Frank Mann, England cricket captain.


In September 2012 Malvern College established its first overseas campus, Malvern College Qingdao, in partnership with Babylon Education, a Hong Kong based education group formed by Harvard and Oxford graduates with extensive experience in education. Drawing on the experience and expertise of both our international staff and the local bilingual team, we have successfully brought an authentic British boarding school experience to students in China. Despite its short history, the school has established a strong reputation and its students have received offers from leading universities including University of Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California Los Angeles, and Imperial College London. A similar school has established in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, in September 2015 to make this educational model available to students in western China. Its first cohort of students have achieved outstanding IGCSE results after one year in the school—57% A* and 67* A & A*. Recently, we had another new member of Malvern College opened in Cairo, Egypt.

The Malvern College’s family of schools offers distinctive advantages for our students and staff in opportunities for exchange, transfer, sharing of practice, and professional development.


Malvern College Hong Kong will open in 2018 at a greenfield site near the Science Park, offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, initially for approximately 380 students in Year 1-9, and ultimately 960 students in Year 1-13. Teacher-student ratio is 1:10 and maximum class size is 20-24.


The majority of places will be offered to students with foreign passports of an international background. Students enrolled in Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong for minimum 1 year will have priority for assessment for Malvern College Hong Kong over other applicants.