Millfield School

Somerset

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • Roll: 746 (Boys) 491 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13-18 years
  • Founded: 1935

Open Days

2019. Sat. 5th October.

2020. Sat. 29th February and Sat. 2nd May.

School Contact Details

Millfield School
Butleigh Road
Street
Somerset
BA16 0YD

[t]: 01458 444296
[w]: www.millfieldschool.com

Location Description

Millfield School is situated in the beautiful rural southwest of England in the town of Street, Somerset. 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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Millfield pupils are celebrating record GCSE results across 34 subjects, with 84% of grades being 9-5 (A*-B).

94% of grades achieved by our pupils were 9-4

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(A*-C), again another record. The national average is 67%.

Outstanding achievers Lily De Lacy, Alexander Knox-Jones and Emily Paterson received an amazing 9 GCSEs at grade 9, the highest mark possible.

33% of Millfield pupils achieved a grade 9 (in at least one subject).

The following pupils achieved at least 8 GCSEs at grades 9-8: Lily De Lacy, Alexander Knox-Jones, Emily Paterson, Maria Elliot, Polly Painter, Thomas Gillespie, Harriet Dimdore-Miles, Yuka Machino, Mac Ryder, Madhav Puri, Katherine Chapple, Annabella Dawkins, Macy Hall, Sania Sodhi and Zoe Lindley-Smith.

 

Photo: : left to right: Millfield pupils Connor Collins and Lilly Della Valle, Headmaster Gavin Horgan, Polly Painter, Fraser Hart and Mac Ryder

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Millfield pupils are celebrating today after achieving a record high 12% A* or equivalent grade at A Level, Pre-U and BTEC.

Millfield’s A*- A grades or

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equivalent are 34%, this is against a national decline in top grades with the national average for this year at 25.5%. 37 pupils achieved 3 or more A grades or equivalent with one pupil, Candice Lam, gaining an excellent 4 A* grades. The overall pass rate was 99%.

With a cohort of 281 pupils in Upper Sixth, taking 31 different subjects, Millfield is the largest independent sixth form in the country. Our highest achieving 100 pupils (a comparable size with most other independent school Sixth Forms) achieved an excellent 28% A* grades or equivalent and 94% A*- B grades.

Exceptional individual achievements include:

Top achiever Candice Lam received four A*s in Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics and Psychology.

While at Millfield, Candice achieved a gold award in the 2018 Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and scored in the 90th representative percentile in her SAT (US college admissions exam) results. Candice is also a talented swimmer, representing Hong Kong on a number of occasions, and has just qualified to represent Hong Kong in India this September. Candice will now study Medicine at The University of Hong Kong.

William Fuller achieved three A*s in Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics. Will, who also attended Millfield Prep from 2011-2013, received academic honours for his GCSE performance in Year 11 and will attend the University of Bristol to study Mathematics.

Emily Gore achieved three A*s in Art and Design, Business Studies and English Literature. Emily was a Prefect and took part in swimming while at Millfield, as well as volunteering at a local care home as part of the EAGLES programme. She will now study English Literature at University of Manchester.

Ben Harding achieved three A*s in Biology, Geography and Physical Education. While at Millfield, Ben played 1st team football and was one of the stand out players during the last season. Ben will attend the University of Nottingham to study Physiotherapy.

Sophie Kelly achieved three A*s in Biology, English Literature and Psychology. While at Millfield, Sophie took part in show jumping up to 1.10m, and has had offers from Durham University, the University of Exeter, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham. She will be taking a gap year.

Tom Treaddell achieved three A*s in Economics, Geography and Mathematics. Tom was Head of house and a Prefect, lead the Economic Committee and was part of the Eco, charity and catering committees. Tom was also 3rd Rugby team captain, and took part in swimming, football, squash, debating and athletics while at school. Tom will study Business Economics at the University of Exeter.

Katie Maddock achieved an A* in Mathematics, and three As in Further Mathematics, Latin and Physics. Katie will now go on to study Physics at the University of Oxford. Katie also attended Millfield Prep from 2011-2013. While at Millfield, Katie was Head of House, a member of the Debating team at Model United Nations and European Youth Parliament. Katie also took part in a number of academic competitions and Olympiads and won a top academic prize in the Richard Barker Memorial Cup for writing, translating and performing a play in Latin.

William Strutt achieved an A* in Mathematics, and three As in Physics, Further Mathematics and Economics. William attended Millfield Prep from 2009-2013. While at Millfield, William was a member of the 1st XI hockey squad. William will now study Physics at University of Exeter.

Yasemin Sazak achieved the highest grade possible in BTEC Art and Design with D*D*D*. Yasemin has a passion for painting and hopes to study Fine Art at Kingston University.

Claudia Tsen achieved D*D* in BTEC Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and had already gained a D3 in Pre-U Chinese last year (equivalent to an A at A level). While at Millfield, Claudia won a national Peter Jones Academy award with her team for the ‘Developing a Product Concept’ challenge set by Reggae Reggae sauce creator, Levi Roots. Claudia will study Business Management with a year in Industry at the University of Liverpool.

Edvard Brodskiy achieved two A*s in Computer Science and Mathematics and two As in Further Mathematics and Physics. While at school, Edvard gained a silver award in the BPhO Physics Olympiad and was involved in numerous academic co-curricular groups. Edvard hopes to study Computer Science with Intelligent Systems at Kings College, London.

Amy Zhang achieved D*D*D in BTEC Art & Design and a C in Chinese. Amy plays guitar and was part of the Badminton Squad while at Millfield. She hopes to study Design for Film and Television at Nottingham Trent University.

Oska Zaky achieved D*D* in BTEC Music, as well as an A in Photography and a B in Media Studies. Oska attended Millfield Prep from 2006- 2013. Oska was Head Boy in the Spring Term, was fencing captain and has contributed widely to the music programme at Millfield. Oska has a place at the Leeds College of Music and also has a successful music career outside of school, and will now go on to pursue his career in music with collaborations in America.

Annabel Hames achieved two A*s in Economics and Geography and an A in Mathematics. Annabel also achieved an A grade in the Extended Project Qualification. Annabel was Head of House and will now study Economics with Finance at the University of Edinburgh.

Florence Lunnon achieved two A*s in English Literature and Music and an A in Mathematics. Florence was Head Girl for the Autumn Term, was heavily involved in the music programme at Millfield and  played the lead role of Mrs Lovett in Millfield’s spring musical Sweeney Todd. Florence will now go on to study Liberal Arts at Durham University.

Pippa Chatikavanij achieved two A*s in DT (Product Design) and Economics and an A in Mathematics. Pippa was a Prefect and played tennis to a high level at Millfield. Pippa will now study Economics at the University of Nottingham.

Moradeyo Olaitan achieved two A*s in Biology and Psychology and an A in Chemistry. While at Millfield, Moradeyo sang with Millfield Music and will now study Medicine at Brighton & Sussex Medical School.

Jacob St-Germain achieved two A*s in Computer Science and Mathematics and an A in Economics. While at Millfield, Jacob achieved a Gold certificate in UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge, as well as qualifying for the British Swimming Championships and the Canadian Nationals. Jacob will now go on to study Computer Programming at Université Laval, Québec.

Charles Gorringe achieved D*D*D in BTEC Art & Design. While at Millfield, Charlie exhibited his work at the Red Brick Exhibition Space in Glastonbury. Charles will now study Visual Communication at Arts University Bournemouth.

Chiara Jacobs achieved D*D*D in BTEC Art & Design. While at Millfield, Chiara was a swimmer and also exhibited her work at the Red Brick Exhibition Space in Glastonbury. Chiara will now be taking a gap year.

Aria Kalmar achieved D*D*D in BTEC Art & Design. A talented dancer, while at Millfield Aria performed as part of high-level dance troupe Bazique and performed a solo at the Dance Show. Aria received offers from Fashion and Design College Istituto Marangoni, Regent’s University London and Southampton Solent.

Phichayada Rodsawaeng achieved D*D*D in BTEC Art & Design. While at Millfield, Phichayada sang soprano and will now study Fashion Textiles at University of the Arts London.

In SAT results, the US college admissions exam, 76 Millfield pupils took the exam, with Millfield pupil Jimmy Cheng achieving a score in the top 1% of all candidates who took the exam globally. Jimmy achieved 1510/1600, which is Millfield’s highest mark to date.

Millfield Headmaster Gavin Horgan said: “It is testament to our pupils’ hard work and the quality of teaching at Millfield that we have seen a record high in A* or equivalent grades. Millfield is an academic school where teaching and coaching complement each other to provide a unique learning experience for each individual. We will continue to adapt how we educate to bring the best outcomes for all our pupils whatever their ability. We recognise the importance of examinations but never at the expense of happiness. I wish all of our pupils the best on the next stage of their lives and with their future careers.”

Pictured left to right: Local pupils Stuart Rushmere, Oska Zaky, William Fuller, Headmaster Gavin Horgan, Sophie Kelly, Katie Maddock and Cameron Baxter-Allen

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Millfield School’s Housekeeping Manager, Trish Jansons, has just completed her BSc Hons Environment and Earth Science degree with the Open University after six and a

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half years of studying.

Trish, who has worked at Millfield for the last 14 years, had the support of her Manager at Millfield and the school’s Grounds and Gardens team, who helped her to analyse trees on campus for her coursework.

Trish initially intended to study Chemistry, but her passion for the environment lead her to choose a subject that has allowed her to gain valuable knowledge of the local landscape.

“Even though completing the degree has been tough at times, it’s been a really enjoyable thing to do. I have had amazing support within Millfield, including from my manager and the Grounds team, who helped me sample the trees on campus. Natural England and Somerset Wildlife trust have really backed me as well. If I can just help one person to make cleaner, more environmentally friendly changes, it will be worth it.”

“For my final project, I studied climate change’s effect on the soils of the Somerset Levels”, says Trish. “What a lot of people don’t know is that peat removes more carbon from the atmosphere than a standing forest: Somerset peat moors are the equivalent to the Amazon Rainforest! We really have to start looking after our British peat moors.”

In her spare time, Trish volunteers with Somerset Wildlife, as well as working with the Bristol Green City Partnership and taking part in butterfly and bird counts. Trish has also been collaborating with Brown University in America and Boston-based professors to develop a new process to make sea water drinkable. “We only have one place that does this in the UK”, says Trish “And I would love to make it easier for the world to gain access to clean, safe water.”

Although Trish’s passion for her studies has led her to work on many environmental projects, she also intends to stay in her role at Millfield. “I’m not going anywhere, I love my job too much. I love where I work.”

Millfield’s Deputy Head Groundsman, Colin Ashman from Street also achieved an A* grade in his A level English Literature course earlier this year, 25 years after leaving school, with the help of teachers, learning support staff and pupils from the school.

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Millfield’s Director of Swimming, Euan Dale, has been selected as a support coach for the British team at the FINA World Aquatics Championships this summer in Gwangju, South

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Korea.

Euan will be supporting the 25 strong British team, which includes former Millfield Swimming pupils James Guy and Cameron Kurle, and will also work alongside former Millfield Director of Swimming, Jol Finck. Current Millfield Lower Sixth pupil Danilo Rosafio will be also be representing Kenya at the same event.

Millfield is recognised as one of the top swimming clubs in Great Britain, with eleven coaches across Millfield and Millfield Prep, including Euan, a former Millfield pupil.

The school participates in a host of local, regional and national swimming competitions, and continually produces international, national and regional champions year on year. Along the way, swimmers learn lifelong skills such as effective time management, dedication and goal setting – all of which transfer to successful adult life.

Millfield has produced 24 Olympians in its short history and has had a swimmer at every Olympic Games since 1968 including champions like Duncan Goodhew, Mark Foster and most recently the incredible James Guy. The 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships will prepare swimmers for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Euan says, “I am delighted to be selected to work with some of the best swimmers in the country, including some of our own former Millfield pupils, James and Cameron. This will be a great learning journey for myself and Millfield Swimming, and I will look to bring back the experience to Millfield to continue to bridge the gap from youth to senior swimming.”

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A Millfield Year 11 pupil has been named as one of the top young mathematicians in Europe after winning the only gold medal as part

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of the UK team at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad. Fifteen-year-old Yuhka Machino placed 9th individually out of almost 200 participants in the competition in Ukraine earlier this month.

Yuhka gained one of only four places on the UK team, who placed equal 5th out of 50 participating teams at the prestigious Mathematics competition.

Yuhka, who also attended Millfield Prep in Glastonbury, will now have the chance to be selected to represent the UK at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Bath in July.

Millfield has a long standing history of involvement in national and international academic Olympiads and competitions, with experienced teachers guiding pupils through the rigorous, competitive process. Millfield’s Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning), Dr Ceri Fiddes has been involved with the UK Mathematics Trust for 18 years, and will act as Director of the International Mathematical Olympiad at this year’s competition in Bath. The event is an opportunity for pupils like Yuhka to meet similarly academic children from over 100 countries, solving difficult puzzles and problems in teams.

Dr Ceri Fiddes said, “This is an incredible achievement for Yuhka, who can now say that she is one of the top young Mathematicians in Europe. It is delightful to see pupils like Yuhka enjoying Mathematics, and inspiring others to pursue academic challenges like the British, European Girls’, and hopefully the International Mathematical Olympiad. Everyone at Millfield has their fingers crossed for Yuhka’s next challenge, as selections for the UK team for the International Mathematical Olympiad in Bath are only five weeks away.”

Yuhka said, “I am delighted that I was able to achieve a gold medal at my first international competition. I would like to thank my teachers at Millfield and the UKMT staff for introducing me to new and exciting maths. I can’t wait to see where competitions like the EGMO take me, and I hope to compete for the UK in even more international Mathematics challenges in the future.”

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Three Year 10 Millfield pupils have returned to India to lead coaching sessions in rugby at the Gairatpurbass Panchayat School.

Year 10 pupils Oliver Wood, Sam

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Harris and Henry Stephens, along with a Year 12 pupil from Uppingham School and a former pupil from Brighton College returned to the school in northern India to pass on their rugby skills over the February half-term. A selection of the group also visited the school in their Christmas holiday last year.

The boys planned and ran the session completely independently after OM Tom Wood, who studies as Exeter University, was unable to attend the trip. The boys explained a series of drills and ensured everyone was able to participate fully, with the pupils also able to expand their language skills in both English and Hindi.

Millfield Netball also kindly donated bibs to the school, which were delivered by the boys during their visit. They will now be able to use the bibs in competitons.

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Twelve pupils and OMs have received offers from the University of Cambridge and US universities so far.

The University of Cambridge has made conditional offers to

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Head Girl, Kirsten Meehan to read Law at St Catharine’s College and Jacob Berger to read Archaeology at Jesus College. OM Isabelle Weir has accepted an unconditional offer to read History of Art, also at Jesus College.

For entry to US universities offers to date include Pierce Widdecombe with a tennis scholarship to Ivy League, Dartmouth College. Amber Knatchbull and Isabelle McMullen have received academic scholarships to American University, Washington DC and Duke University, North Carolina respectively. Calvin Leung has received an offer to study Architecture at Syracuse University, a highly sought after course at the university. Emily Price and Louise Caldon have been offered golf scholarships to University of South Carolina and Tarleton State University in Texas. Louis Barker has received a swimming scholarship from the University of Kentucky, Arabella Bennett has been offered a full hockey scholarship to Syracuse University and Shaan Dalal has been offered a squash scholarship to Drexel University.

Other notable UK university offers to date have come from University College London (UCL), London School of Economics (LSE), Durham University and Imperial College London.

So far 20% of the Upper Sixth applying through UCAS have received unconditional offers, twice the number of the previous year. Unconditional offers are increasingly made to pupils who are considered to be outstanding candidates.

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Two Millfield Lower Sixth pupils are continuing to help a children’s charity in Ghana, after a Millfield pupil at the time, Olivia Allin, set up

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a clothing collection in 2015.

Cameron Baxter-Allen and Oska Zaky both visited the Kokrobite Chiltern Centre in Ghana last year, and have now been helping the charity by continuing the collection of clothes in every boarding and day house at Millfield. They have also been speaking at assemblies to raise awareness for the charity, encouraging their peers to donate unwanted clothing at the end of the summer term.

The children’s centre, which was started by Millfield English Language Holiday Courses Manager Jane Zohoungbogbo and her husband Martial in February 2004, supports children in the local fishing village of Kokrobite who were not attending school. It also helps to educate and empower the women of the community.

Since 2015, Jane has had a number of Millfield pupils help support the children’s charity with donations and volunteering with the support of Eric Jones, Assistant Head Co-curriculum.

Jane hopes that the clothing collection will raise awareness amongst Millfield pupils, and pique their interest in another culture and encourage them to visit or volunteer.

Jane says, “It’s a great initiative and one that makes a huge difference. The families we work with are on extremely low incomes and clothing is relatively expensive. We were delighted to have Oska and Cameron stay with us in October and hope to see more pupils at Millfield getting involved with the charity.”

Each year, Millfield pupils select a number of local and national charities to support. This year, the charities selected are: Forever Friends, Bath RUH and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Internationally, the school will continue to support the Lalibela High school in Ethiopia.

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Lower Sixth Daphne Schrager and Year 10 Tatiana Tostevin have both received call-ups to represent their countries at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane in April

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2018.

Para-athlete Daphne Schrager received a call up to the England Para-athletics squad and will compete in the T35 100m. This builds on her earlier Team GB representation last summer at the inaugural World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Switzerland where she competed in both T35 100m and 200m at U20 level.

Tatiana Tostevin has made history as the youngest ever sportsperson selected to represent Guernsey. She will swim in backstroke events. Tatiana’s selection comes after a strong performance at the Commonwealth Youth Games in July 2017 where she broke many Island records and qualified for the 50M backstroke final, finishing 6th at just 14 years old, the youngest of the other seven finalists.

Daphne’s coach, Director of Athletics, Alan Richardson commented, “Daphne’s selection is testament to her hard work, professionalism and dedication and is richly deserved. There is no greater honour than to represent your country. A multi-sport games is a fantastic experience for any athlete and one I’m sure Daphne will relish.”

Director of Swimming, Euan Dale added, “Tatiana’s success at such a young age is a reflection of her dedication in the pool. Her coach, Rachel Aldington, and the rest of Millfield Swimming are thrilled to see Tatiana taking part in the Commonwealth Games and wish her every success with Team Guernsey.”

In addition to pupil call-ups, Millfield’s Director of Swimming, Euan Dale, and Swimming Coach, Dan Waddingham, will also join Team England’s Coaching and Strength and Conditioning teams.

Recent OMs James Guy and Cameron Kurle have also been selected to represent Team England in swimming.

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Three Lower Sixth pupils were selected out of 35 entries to present research projects to a panel of judges, which included Dr Richard Penny from

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Southampton University,

Katie Maddock, Tom Treadell and Zoe Portman each presented their projects on a variety of topics, ranging from particle physics, coastal erosion and the proposal of a fiscal budget surplus.

Guided by Mrs. Baker’s introduction to conducting research, all pupils interested in taking on the challenge of an EPQ were required at the start of the Lower Sixth year to take on a question from the Lower Sixth Research Project. All subjects had submitted a number of questions, which required pupils to research topics independently.

Entrants made use of the resources available in the Library and elsewhere in the school to prepare a Keynote response. The standard of the entries was particularly high this year, with seven students scoring an impressive 20 or more out of the available 25 marks.

The three finalists were selected to present before the panel of judges, which included Dr Richard Penny from Southampton University, Dr Fiddes, Assistant Head Teaching and Learning, and Mr Whiskerd, Head of the Lower Sixth.

The panel of judges were impressed with the pupils’ detailed understanding of each of their topics, but they eventually decided to award the research project shield to Zoe Portman. Zoe explored the government’s decision to run a fiscal budget surplus by 2019/20, and came to the same conclusion as the government that this was an impractical target to achieve.

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We are delighted to announce that Millfield has appointed Gavin Horgan as Headmaster for September 2018.

Governors conducted a rigorous selection process over the summer months

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and Gavin was the outstanding candidate within an excellent field of applicants: he impressed us with his energy and vision. He strongly believes that Millfield must improve academically, continue to be exceptional in sports and the arts and ensure learning support is at the heart of the school’s offering.

Chairman of Governors, Roland Rudd, says, “We were impressed with Gavin’s clear comprehension of what makes for first class teaching and how he plans to assist ambitious and passionate teachers to reach their full potential in their classrooms, laboratories, studios and playing fields.”

Gavin has a history of academic excellence with a degree in Classics from the University of Oxford. He will be joining Millfield from Worksop College, where he has delivered academic turnaround aligned with a substantial building programme. His earlier career includes spells working internationally in schools in Sri Lanka and Argentina, before returning to the UK as the Deputy Head of The Glasgow Academy, an independent co-educational school with 1300 pupils. He is passionate about the outdoors and brings his wife, Alison, and young family to Somerset.

Outgoing Headmaster, Craig Considine, commented, “Gavin Horgan is an experienced leader who is exceptionally well placed to guide the Millfield community through the next stage of its development.”

Gavin Horgan added, “From my first visit to Millfield, I was taken with the sense of integrity and community at the school. It is an honour to have been asked to lead Millfield, which is already a world class school but one that is not prepared to be complacent. Alison and I are tremendously excited to be joining Millfield.”

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Millfield Cricket Coach Dan Helesfay joined the Super League cricket team The Surrey Stars for five weeks during the Kia Super League Tournament in August.

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Dan spent the period coaching some of the world’s best female cricketers, and hopes to apply his new knowledge and experience to help girls at Millfield achieve similar heights.

The T20 Super League currently consists of 6 regional teams, and was created to bridge the gap between county level and international cricket, bringing together some of the highest domestic standard of cricket within England.

During his time with the Stars, Dan identified the focus placed upon fielding and the quality of basic skills, as well as the responsibility of players maintaining their own game and taking initiative in their training.

Girl’s cricket at Millfield has seen a dramatic rise in popularity over the last decade, with over 70 players and two female squads at U15 and Senior XI level playing 14 fixtures last year against other schools, county and university teams. Millfield currently have two potential female cricket players on the Super League pathway: Upper Sixth pupil Emily Dibble and Year 10 pupil Harriet DimdoreMiles have trialled with the Western franchise of the Super League, Western Storm, and have both been invited to ECB specialist sessions in Loughborough.

Dan Helesfay said: “This experience has enhanced my knowledge and understanding about what ittakes to be a female cricketer in a rapidly growing sport, both nationwide and at Millfield. I hope that what I have learned with the Stars will benefit both the coaching staff and the female cricketplayers at Millfield.”

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Upper Sixth pupil and GB junior rider, Lauren Dolan, embodied true Millfield spirit by finishing 27th in the junior women’s time trial at the 2017

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UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway despite a crash which saw her slide on her right side, lacerating her thigh and knee.

Lauren, who joined Millfield Prep in Year 7 and is from Newton Abbott, had been working for two years towards a successful performance at the event in Norway. On track for a podium position at the halfway point, Lauren went through a tunnel at 60kmh when her front wheel collided with a drain cover on the road. The determined Millfield pupil finished the race on a spare road bike, only two minutes and 24 seconds down on eventual winner Elena Pirrone (Italy).

After the race, Lauren was taken to hospital in Bergen where she received treatment for her injuries, which included surgery on three deep lacerations on her leg.

Now back at school, Lauren is focusing on her recovery with Lead Practitioner, Millfield Institute of Sport and Wellbeing, Graham Williams, and plans to return to racing, as well as continuing with her A levels.

Millfield School Independent Somerset Millfield Pupils Spend Summer Volunteering in Nepal

The end of the summer term also saw a team of pupils head off to the Himalayas of Nepal with Global Action. The trip was

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aimed to enhance learning in global development issues and international relations.

The trip started by exploring Kathmandu’s magnificent World Heritage temples, and the team enjoyed workshops at international agencies, including the UK’s Department for International Development, with British Army officers at the Gurkha Welfare Trust, to learn how the UK is supporting post-earthquake recovery, rural education, and economic growth to remote mountain communities.

The pupils lived in a Tibetan Refuge Camp, and worked hard to install a 10,000 litre water tank, which is now providing the community’s clean water drinking water system. This is contributing to lowering infant mortality and disease. The pupils also celebrated the Dalai Lama’s birthday with the community, organised a cultural exchange with the Tibetan children, and in return, the Tibetan children performed a traditional dance show.

They also carried out a challenging trek through the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains – from subtropical jungle to alpine zones, and stayed in lodges run by Nepalese communities.  During the trek, the pupils visited the Nepalese charity, The Annapurna Conservation Area Project, to learn about glacial systems, the protection of endangered wildlife and the importance of ecotourism.

The expedition ended with a visit to the beautiful Kopan monastery to learn about Buddhism and meditation.

On return, all students earned the ASDAN Universities Award, which recognises the educational benefits of the Global Action programme.

Lower Sixth pupil Rosie Smith wrote afterwards: “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity –  I learnt about different cultures and about development in Nepal. I made many new friends and have memories to last a lifetime!”.

Millfield School Independent Somerset Millfield Pupils Pitch to Local Entrepreneurs in Year 10 Enterprise Challenge

Year 10 pupils Archie Killen and Victor Webb have won this year’s Enterprise Challenge, an annual competition for pupils taking GCSE Business Studies.

This year, over

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100 pupils paired up to design and present a business idea that offered an e-commerce platform that could be used by 333 Homes, a local property development company.

Three pairs had made it through to the final rounds of the competition: Jimmy Barnett and Ollie Haines-Francis, Jasmine Hallworth and Eleanor Edwards and Archie Killen and Victor Webb.

The three teams presented their e-commerce business plans to judges Roger Hutton (Director of 333 Homes), Anabel Sexton (Millfield governor, founder of Boudavida active wear) and Harry Renshaw-Smith (recent OM, employed by the Savills group).

The first pair to present were Jimmy Barnett and Ollie Haines-Francis, who focused their presentation around the design of an app that 333 Homes could use to interact with their customers.  The boys were commended on the level of preparation and the extent to which they had considered the potential pitfalls of their ideas.

Next, Jasmine Hallworth and Eleanor Edwards presented their bespoke online 3D interiors package that would allow customers to both decorate and furnish their new homes digitally. The creativity of their idea really impressed the judges, as it was not something they had considered possible.

The final pair were Archie Killen and Victor Webb – their idea of an all-around online service that connected customers with all of the ancillary services around buying a house was considered very impressive by the judges, and it was clear that they had really followed the instructions around how to write a compelling presentation.

Archie and Victor won the opportunity to join a professional marketing presentation for the competition’s sponsor 333 Homes in the next academic year.

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