Where did Kate Middleton go to school? All the famous faces who went to Marlborough College

Marlborough College boasts a diverse cast of alumni, from Duchess Kate to Ghislaine Maxwell.

The prestigious mixed sex school in Marlborough, Wilts, costs nearly £40,000 for boarders.

What school did Kate Middleton go to?

Kate Middleton attended exclusive Marlborough College between 1996 and 2000.

When Kate joined the college, she is said to have had “little confidence”, according to the 2011 documentary Kate Middleton: Biography.

However, when she hit 16 in 1996, she decided to come out of her shell more at school – and didn’t hold back.

During her A-levels, Kate is said to have “flashed her bottom at the boys out of the window”, according to royal author Claudia Joseph.

Royal writer Christopher Andersen added: “She was so famous for this at the school she became known as Kate Middlebum.”

It was reported Kate locked lips with Woody St John Webster during her time at Marlborough, the older brother of her best friend Alice, with whom she was joint captain of the tennis team.

Her first proper boyfriend was Harry Blakelock who played hockey at Marlborough like Kate, and was also captain of the rugby team.

Back in 2018, it was reported that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge discussed enrolling their eldest son at Marlborough College.

Which famous people went to the school?

Jack Whitehall

The comedian, 31, has made a name for himself playing posh boys in shows like Fresh Meat and his education certainly lives up to the caricature.

Jack is a regular panellist on comedy quiz shows, including 8 out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mock the Week.

Jack also hosted the Brit Awards in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Jack said: “I went to the same secondary school as Kate Middleton and she’s someone they like to talk about.

“I’ve been sending them a letter each year saying maybe now it’s time to put me in the school prospectus or on the walls.

“I feel like I’m their dirty little secret.”

Ghislaine Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell,  former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein and daughter of disgraced media chief and British publisher Robert Maxwell is a former attendee of Marlborough College

She has been accused of finding victims for paedo tycoon Epstein.

An acquaintance said of Ghislaine: "She had an upbringing and taste and knew how to run a house and a boat and how to entertain. You can't buy that. You can't buy access, either."

Sally Bercow

Sally Bercow, 50, is a British public personality and the wife of the former House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, 57.

Since her Marlborough days, Sally has made a name for herself in the public eye with a bed-sheet photoshoot in front of Parliament, appearing on Celebrity Big Brother and her controversial Tweets.

When Sally's father, Ronald Ilman, died, she used her inheritance to pay her own fees for Marlborough College.

Sally later claimed she never fitted in "with those Alice bands and everyone coming from a house with a long drive".

Samantha Cameron

SamCam is wife of ex-PM David Cameron and until 2010 was the Creative Director of Smythson of Bond Street.

Sam sat her A-Levels at Marlborough College.

Samantha's younger sister Emily Sheffield, now editor of the Evening Standard, also went to Marlborough College but was expelled after cannabis was found in her dormitory in a police raid.

Lauren Child

Lauren Child is a children's author famed for her Charlie and Lola picture books and the Clarice Bean series.

She met one of her best friends to this day – Cressida Cowell, author of the How to Train Your Dragon series – at the school.

Lauren recalls the horrid food at the college. She said "it must have changed now, but when I was there we were given such foul food, that’s one thing I remember."

What is it like to go to Malborough College?

Marlborough is known for being less selective for pupils than other major private schools.

Marlburians, as they are known, have a reputation for being a bunch of posh and mischievous youths. In 2016, sixth-formers sneaked a stripper into the central courtyard of the school.

It is also one of the largest public schools, with 15 boarding houses for around 930 pupils.

The extensive 280 acres of school grounds are close to the market town of Marlborough.

A 'day in the life' posted on the Marlborough College website gives an insight into the lavish life of boarding students.

Boarders wake for breakfast (prepared for them, of course) is at 7.30am. One morning a week, pupils attend service at a red-brick chapel.

After morning lessons, students may have sport and activities before continuing with classroom learning. Marlborough describes their extra-curricular programme as "extremely extensive".

This is to be expected considering the school's sporting facilities include 11 rugby pitches, 6 grass hockey pitches, 7 football pitches, a golf driving range, 12 tennis courts and 10 netball courts.

Not to mention the school boats its own 450 seat theatre an on-site observatory, with the largest telescope of any school in the world. 


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