Millfield School - Street
What is Millfield School like?
Millfield is the biggest co-ed boarding school in the country with a reputation as a major international sporting centre and the school has incredible facilities for virtually every sport. Academically, Millfield students cover a very wide ability range and they are grouped into separate teaching bands so that teaching is appropriate for every level of ability. There is a high staff to student ratio. Many of the students are full boarders and most participate in regular sports training, but the school also offers fantastic opportunities in creative subjects. This is a large, busy school full of active students who are given every opportunity to excel in their chosen field.
There are over 1200 pupils in the school, 950 of whom are full boarders. However, class sizes are small, with an average of just 11 pupils. Founded in 1935, Millfield is a diverse community and it was also one of the first co-educational schools in the country. It has a good reputation academically, but it is not a high flying ‘hot house’. There is a strong emphasis on digital learning and all students have an ipad.
Millfield sets out to nurture creativity, independent thought and a spirit of contribution. The school has a special programme for Year 9 students who are housed in a separate boarding house where there is a high level of support and guidance to help make the transition from prep to senior school. Year 9 students learn a wide range of subjects and take part in an extensive games and co-curricular programme. Outdoor education is a key element with weekend hikes and expeditions.
Half the 6th form is made up of new students who join from a wide range of countries, attracted by the broad range of subjects on offer, both A level and BTEC and the huge number of sporting and cultural opportunities.
How can I apply to Millfield?
Millfield is a popular and oversubscribed school and places are offered based upon academic merit, which is assessed through entry tests, an interview and by references from the candidate's current school. The selection process is designed to identify pupils who are able to benefit from a well-rounded and balanced education and make a positive contribution towards the life of the school.