Millfield Prep School


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • Roll: 230 (Boys) 188 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 2 - 13 years
  • Founded: 1945

Open Days

2019. Sat. 5th October.

School Contact Details

Millfield Prep School
Edgarley Hall

[t]: 01458 832446

Location Description

Millfield Prep is situated in the beautiful rural southwest of England in the historic town of Glastonbury, Somerset. The Senior School is only a ten minute drive away in Street. London is 135 miles away and major air, rail and road links are all within easy reach.

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School News

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The fifth Millfield Horse Trials took place at Millfield Prep School in Glastonbury, bringing more than 500 world class competitors to the school. Riders, ranging

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in age from 12 to 65 years, took part in three phases of competition on the 150 acres of land at Millfield Prep over two days, which saw 1,200 visitors attend the event.

The event is aimed at grassroots competitors with BE80 (T), BE90 and BE100 sections, with multiple events held throughout the weekend, including dressage, show jumping and cross country, which all competitors participate in.

Over 15 Millfield pupils from Year 7 to Upper Sixth competed in the various classes throughout the weekend generating high quality results, with former pupils also returning to compete.

The event also saw Olympic and International riders take part: Irish Olympian Padraig McCarthy, who was selected to represent Ireland in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, took the opportunity to compete four of his horses at Millfield, resulting in placings for all of them. 4* International Event Rider Tim Cheffings also competed five of his horses, resulting in a win in the BE100 Open.

The cross-country course, designed for the fifth year by London 2012 designer, Adrian Ditcham, ran in the opposite direction and this year included a number of new, innovative jumps. Feature fences included a ‘Glastonbury Tor’ jump, overlooked by the iconic Tor and the ‘Millfield Outward Bound’ water complex.

Irish Olympian Padraig McCarthy says, “I really enjoy bringing our horses to Millfield every year. It is a lovely venue with a great atmosphere. The cross-country courses are very inviting and always give the younger horses a confident experience.”

Millfield Prep Year 8 pupil, Tash McNee, says, “I had the best weekend competing in my first BE event. It was so much fun, and I can’t wait to take part in more high-level competitions in the future. It was an amazing experience – thank you to everyone from Millfield who helped me.”

Danny Anholt, Millfield’s Director of Equestrian Sport, added, “It was wonderful to host another fantastic British Eventing competition again this year. What an incredible opportunity for our pupils to experience such high-quality competition right on their doorstep. My thanks go to the 130 volunteers who gave their time so generously to the sport and the staff who put in so much effort to ensure the smooth running of the event.  We are grateful to the numerous sponsors for helping us to finance the competition, in particular Kukri, the title sponsors.”

Millfield and Millfield Prep riders now look forward to a busy summer of competitions including attendance at Hickstead, the National Schools Jumping Championships in August.

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Millfield Prep School has appointed Mike Jory as Head of Millfield Pre-Prep, beginning in September 2019.

Mike is currently the Headteacher of Draycott and Rodney Stoke

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C of E First School and Pre-school and Shipham C of E First School and Pre-school. Mike has a Bachelors degree in Primary Education from De Montfort University, specialising in Physical Education and Art.

Mike has worked in Somerset in Primary and First Schools for almost 15 years, and has held several senior leaderships posts, including assistant headteacher and deputy headteacher, until his most recent appointment as Headteacher across two church schools within the Mendip Edge Federation in September 2014.

Mike is also a Headteacher representative for SACRE (Somerset Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) and serves as a Governor for the Mendip Edge Federation. Outside of work, when not spending time with his young family, Mike is a keen golfer and was Captain of Frome Golf Club. He also enjoys the outdoors, camping, cooking and gardening.

Mike says, “What a privilege it is to be entrusted with leading Millfield Pre-Prep. I am looking forward to working with the children, staff and parents. Only by working together can we make sure the children enjoy school, establishing firm social and educational foundations, developing the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful life long learners.”

Millfield Prep Headmistress, Shirley Shayler, says, “We are delighted to have Mike join our team here in Glastonbury, where he will be able to lead the continuation of the development of curiosity and early learning for our young pupils. We can’t wait to see where his experience guides our school in the years to come.”

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All pupils in Years 3 to 8 have had lessons with an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) on the theme of ‘Using the iPad Creatively’ and

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the technique they explored was green screen technology using the Green Screen app by Do Ink.

A green screen allows you to superimpose anything or anyone into a photo or video. Any colour of screen and flat surface will work, but the majority of editing packages come with a green screen. You begin by capturing a green screen image and then drag the desired background image on top of the screen. The background will then become the desired image while leaving the foreground objects intact. The app used to edit the image also ensures the edges of the objects have no traces of the green screen.

Working in pairs, the pupils were set the task of creating a two-part news report. The first part was the newsreader in the studio who had to link to an outside broadcaster talking about the weather. The pupils picked their backgrounds, videoed the news reports in the Green Screen app and then dropped both clips into the iMovie app to edit them together and add themes and subtitles.

“The green screen training was fun, exciting, educational and FUN. I learned how to use the green screen and now I can use it in lessons when possible and at home for fun.” Harry Barton

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Year 6 moved onto their next International Primary Curriculum (IPC) module, Moving People. They had to consider the impact of people having to

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move without prior warning and preparation. Click here to learn more about the International Primary Curriculum.

Pupils were challenged to create dens to survive in, using limited materials provided to re-create conditions similar to those that some people may experience. They demonstrated co-operation, resilience and fantastic inquiry skills as they worked together on their shelters.

Over the next few weeks, pupils will be exploring aspects of population change, the impact of the societies and placed they have left behind, and the end journey. They will also develop an understanding of the way environments can affect humans, through science and art.

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Millfield Prep pupils met Old Millfieldian, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, on their recent rugby tour in Dubai.

The pupils visited the palace where they

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were greeted by the Sheikh, Cabinet Minister and Minister for Tolerance and spent the evening discussing his life at Millfield Prep over lunch.

On their 7-day tour, the boys got to train at The Sevens Stadium, in which the next game will be played by the England rugby team. They also visited the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, played matches against The British School Al Khubairat, had fun at the Wild Wadi Water Park and got to experience the desert safari sand dunes in Abu Dhabi.

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The highlight of the day was when four pupils shared their stories about their lives in India. They taught other pupils some Hindi and left

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their mark in the form of a henna tattoo!

Year 7 enjoyed a huge range of activities and workshops throughout the day. They produced some fantastic batik silk paintings and learned how to use hot wax and inks to respond to the inspirational pattern and colour on display. They also had great fun learning to Bollywood dance.

Our World Book Day storyteller mesmerised the pupils with a great tale of the Mahabharata and our visiting world music expert from Bristol, amazed them with the range of incredible musical instruments from India. Some were lucky enough to have a yoga session, while others rolled and tasted chapattis.

‘It was very colourful and released the inner creative in me. It was a new and fun experience. I splashed loads of ink all over my silk but it still turned out ok!’ – Year 7 pupil

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Pupils across Millfield Prep have been expanding their computing knowledge with a range of high-tech gadgets and gizmos.

Pupils in Years 3 and 4 have been

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looking at algorithms and creating simple games using programming software called Scratch. The result was the creation of a healthy eating game, where objects are programmed to move and change direction to collect points by eating healthy food.

Year 4 are studying Desktop Publishing (DTP) and have created a digital poster on the theme of Explorers and Adventurers. This is a fact file of a famous explorer of their choice, including Christopher Columbus, Captain Cook and Neil Armstrong.

In Year 5, the pupils are programming and coding using the Lego EV3 robots. By connecting the robots to iPads via Bluetooth, they have been challenged to get the robots to move forward, backwards and to turn around using the programming software. Next, they will be controlling the robots by the use of sensors.

A number of Year 5 pupils have also been elected as Millfield Prep’s newest Digital Leaders. Amy Bruce, Emilia Butt, Rohan Hayes, Pierre Joubert, Pat Kaewthong, George Monk, Will Morgan-Hughes and Amelie Whatling will now start the Childnet Digital Leaders training programme under the guidance of Head of ICT and Computing, Jonathan Ford. Their first task is to present an assembly to the school as part of ‘Safer Internet Day’ on Tuesday 6 February.

The theme of Safer Internet Day this year is: ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you’.

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Year 6 pupils have started their new topic of learning called ‘Moving People’. The concept of this unit is to understand that sometimes people choose

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to move or it is sometimes forced upon them, and the impact this causes.

This week, pupils took part in group discussions regarding how pupils spent their Christmas break and how other people around the world may have spent theirs.

In order to appreciate forced migration, the pupils had to imagine they needed to leave their country and become refugees. They went outside and in teams they built shelters that could keep them safe, dry and warm. Everyone worked incredibly hard on their shelters and demonstrated brilliant cooperation, adaptability and resilience.

The pupils continued to think further into migration in general, especially what different factors cause this and the impact it has upon individuals and families. Everyone discussed and wrote about their own knowledge around this topic and then researched into more detail.

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Year 7 pupils Emery and Willow led the top Millfield Prep results at the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. Over 141,000 pupils nationwide enter the competition,

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with 40,000 in the category entered by Millfield Prep.

The nationwide competition sees entrants solve problems relating to concepts in computer science. Ninety-four Millfield Prep pupils entered the competition, with 25 gaining distinction and 23 a merit. Emery and Willow each scored 162 out of 200, making them both ‘Best in School’ amongst our entrants.

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All Year 6 pupils have begun learning their new unit ‘Mission to Mars’. The unit’s big idea is that one day, humans may need to

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leave Earth and settle on another planet.

The pupils began with some space training activities designed to develop their communication, discipline, adaptability and teamwork skills so that they could become astronauts.

They then discussed what they already knew about Mars before developing some questions to investigate during this half term. After this, all the pupils began to discuss three major questions: 1. Why might humans need to move to Mars to live? 2. How could humans survive on Mars? 3. What would it be like to live on Mars?

They researched using iPads and books and worked as teams and in pairs before discussing what they had discovered with the whole year group.

Millfield Prep School Independent Somerset Millfield Prep pupil Jack Amor wins World Championship triathle title

Year 7 pupil Jack Amor from Crewkerne has become U13 Triathle World Champion after winning gold in the mixed GB relay at the World Championships

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in Viviero, Spain. Jack is now ranked number one in the World for Under 13 triathle.

Eleven year old Jack joined Millfield Prep in Year 5 and has achieved numerous national and European rankings in various events, including modern triathlon, tetrathlon, pentathlon and biathle, as well as his success in triathle. Jack trains alongside the elite pentathletes at Millfield with Director of Fencing and Modern Pentathlon, Tristan Parris.

The sport of triathle involves continuous shooting, swimming and running, but Jack is also skilled in fencing and riding through his pentathlon and tetrathlon training. The Year 7 pupil is a ‘flexi boarder’ which has allowed him to train to the degree needed to be able to compete at international level.

This year, Jack is hoping to be selected for the elite training programme by GB Pentathlon, after he competes at the National Biathlon competitions held later this year. Jack also hopes to reach his goal to compete in Modern Pentathlon at a future Olympic Games.

Jack’s mother says, “Jack has grown physically and emotionally through Millfield’s excellent support and nurturing, and as parents we could not be any prouder of Jack and his achievements. He recently

Millfield Prep School Independent Somerset Millfield Prep pupil Nancy cuts 13 inches of hair for charity

Street local Nancy Bix, a Year 6 pupil at Millfield Prep School in Glastonbury, has donated 13 inches of her hair to the Little Princess

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Trust, a charity that gives real hair wigs to children who are suffering from hair loss from cancer treatment or other illnesses.

Nancy has also raised £225 of her £515 target to fund the creation of a wig. The Millfield Prep pupil was inspired by school friends Cammie Collins and Manou Smits, who donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust last year. Feeling like she could also make a difference to a child’s life, Nancy decided to do the same.

Nancy says: “I decided to cut my hair because I wanted to help children who have lost their hair, due to illness or medication. I wanted to help them feel happier and confident at school and out and about.”

To donate, please visit:

For further information please contact Millfield Publicity on 01458 444170, or email

Millfield Prep School Independent Somerset Shapwick brothers raise thousands for cerebral palsy charities in golf tournament with rugby heroes

Millfield Prep pupil, Freddie Turnell and his brother Harry from Shapwick have raised over £6000 for cerebral palsy charities after organising an inaugural golf day

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with top former national and international rugby players Sir Gareth Edwards and Matt Perry.

The boys organised the event at Burnham and Berrow Golf club, which saw the brothers partnered with their sporting heroes. Bath Fullback Matt Perry partnered with Freddie, while former Wales Rugby star Sir Gareth Edwards partnered with Harry, who has cerebral palsy. In total, 70 players made their way around the course, with BBC and ITV sports broadcaster John Inverdale also taking part.

The funds raised will be going towards supporting a young person who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy who participates in a sporting field. The money will be used to buy equipment to enhance their sporting life.

Old Millfieldian and former Wales National Sir Gareth Edwards said: “It has been many years since I have played at Burham and Berrow Golf Club, which I remember from my school days at Millfield. I very much enjoyed the chance to play with the boys and to raise some money for such a fantastic cause. The standard was quite high, with Freddie currently performing so well on the circuit himself. Both boys were incredibly professional and fantastic players; they conducted themselves in the best possible manner.”

Former Bath Fullback Matt Perry said: “What an absolute pleasure it was to play golf with Freddie, and to meet Harry for their inaugural Charity Golf Day. They are an inspiration to all with their attitude, manners and golfing talent. Both boys are a credit to their family, friends and Millfield as an organisation.”

Year 7 pupil Freddie Turnell recently won the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) National Boys Golf Championships in the Under 14 division, is the current ISGA Boys National Champion and has recently competed in the Under 12 Division at the World Golf Championships in North Carolina, USA.

The date for next year’s event will be Friday 27th April 2018.

Event supported by Old Millfieldian Sir Gareth Edwards

Millfield Prep School Independent Somerset Mathematicians excel at UKMT’s Junior Maths Challenge

A team of Millfield Prep mathematicians were awarded 15 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 10 bronze medals at the latest UK Maths Trust Junior

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Maths Challenge. This means 60% of those who entered achieved a medal placing.

Best in year certificates were awarded to Year 8 Rozalia Moore, Year 7 James Champion and Year 6 Isaac Searle. The top scorers were Year 8’s Rozalia Moore, Boris Findlay, Rebecca Stowell, Emily Bradshaw and Caspian Fowler, who have also qualified for the next Kangaroo round.

More excellent mathematics results come from Year 7 James Champion and Year 6 Isaac Searle, who have been selected to attend the Dauntsey’s Dodecahedron finals on 7 June. Both pupils faced a difficult competition, as the 30 finalists make up the top 3% of the entries.

It will be a fun-filled mathematics day with a prize for every finalist, as well as a trophy for the winner.

Millfield Prep School Independent Somerset Junior Creative Arts Day: Africa

Pupils from Years 3, 4 and 5 fully immersed themselves in African culture during a Creative Arts Day, which saw them learn some of the

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native language, dance, art and music of Africa.

The day began with a Skype call to Kenton College, a school in Kenya, where the pupils learned some Kiswahili from the native speakers. Following this, the children rotated around different activities, including a ‘call and response’ Palogo drumming session, an African Masai dance lesson, and the chance to create some Tinga-Tinga art. Some pupils also worked with the kitchen to create an African style menu for lunch, including Nigerian ‘Egusi’ and Kenyan ‘Ugali.’

The Year 3 pupils later performed some Masai dance, while pupils in Year 4 performed a gumboot dance, and pupils in Year 5 performed a hip-hop street style dance.

Finally, the pupils learned and performed two African songs, including ‘Maliswe,’ a song written in several African languages.

At the end of the day the pupils came together to combine what they had learnt and showcased an amazing performance of dance, art and singing.

View more from the day pictures here. 

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