Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Borlase 400 Campaign

Celebrating the Past with investment in the Present and the Future

Across four centuries on the West Street site in Marlow, Borlase has adapted and grown to embrace change and innovation in education. The cloisters display photographs and shields celebrating our achievements leading to the Chapel Quad where the sound of current Borlase students’ voices can still be heard singing the morning hymn, as they did all those years ago.


In the last fifty years in particular this flourishing school has outgrown those original buildings. Today, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School has over a thousand pupils, accepting an extra form of entry into Year 7 from 2020 due to its popularity. The school very much serves the local community of Marlow and the nearby villages on each side of the Thames. Borlase ranks highly on national tables for academic performance and was awarded World Class School Status in 2019 for High-Performance Learning. It is an inclusive, friendly place where Borlasians enjoy the arts, sports and so many wider opportunities alongside their academic learning.


Over the years, the school has invested in its Performing Arts facilities, Science laboratories, Computing and Maths suites, and in Modern Foreign Language classrooms where, as a National Hub, children study Food Technology through the medium of French, German and Spanish. However, there are still areas of the infrastructure that do not support the needs of a 21st-century school.