Building on the extensive collaboration that has existed between the two schools over the past 8 years, the Grammar Stream will be a joint working partnership between Swindon Academy and Marlborough College, hosted at Swindon Academy.
It will provide places for up to 30 highly able Year 7 pupils each year and continue throughout their secondary schooling. The Grammar Stream will be open to children from across Swindon via the annual Swindon Schools Admissions process and an additional entrance exam held each November.
The aim is for it to provide a highly academic and rigorous curriculum to stretch and challenge the most academically able children in Swindon, free of charge, to pupils who consistently achieve at Level 5 or higher in Primary School and who are hardworking and committed to the additional homework and prep needed to achieve outstanding academic results.
Speaking at the launch, Jonathan Leigh, Master of Marlborough College said:
"This is such an exciting initiative that we are delighted to be offering with Swindon Academy. For the most academic children, their secondary education should be the launch pad for highly successful careers. This Grammar Stream will be a life-changer for those who join it and we look forward to welcoming its first cohort in September 2016".
Ruth Robinson, Principal of Swindon Academy said:
"Each year across the country, there are a number of highly able students within primary schools who do not fulfil their potential when they transfer to secondary school. We want to address this and, in partnership with Marlborough College, believe the Grammar Stream is the way to do so in Swindon. Each year, 30 pupils will begin a different Year 7 to other students and be taught a specifically, highly academic curriculum that will meet and challenge their potential as learners"
"Other than in the curriculum they study, Grammar Stream students will be exactly the same as everyone else at Swindon Academy and will wear the same uniform, be part of the same tutor groups and enjoy the same enrichment activities. But what it will do is give these students the opportunity to maximise their potential in their secondary education and receive the support they need to go on to the very best world universities".
Local MP Justin Tomlinson has been a keen supporter of the Grammar Stream. He commented:
"Having attended a school that was bottom of the league tables myself, I am a big supporter of initiatives that provide opportunities to students based on their ability rather than their background."