Millfield School


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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.

School Contact Details

Millfield School
Butleigh Road
BA16 0YD

[t]: 01458 444296

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

Millfield School Independent Somerset Sixth Formers Receive Universities Award on Visit to Geneva

As term ended for most, a new journey began for 18 Sixth Formers, who set off to Geneva for 5 days. The visit was part

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of the new Sixth Form EAGLES programme, in which the ‘G’ stands for Global Awareness. All the pupils who attended the trip also received the ASDAN Universities Award, which endorses the educational benefits of the Global Action programme.

The purpose of the visit was to learn more about many of the international agencies based in Geneva, and to challenge, inspire and prepare the pupils to make a difference in the world.

The pupils visited 9 agencies for tours and workshops, including the United Nations, The World Trade Organisation and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The pupils were inspired by the efforts of agencies such as Medecins Sans Frontieres, The Red Cross and the High Commissioner for Refugees in working to alleviate suffering in the most desperate situations.

They also found time to climb Mont Saleve for breath-taking views of the city, and on the final day, the pupils visited CERN to be awed by the scale of the research that takes place there, including in the 27km long Large Hadron Collider. The last afternoon was spent touring the old town of Geneva before cooling off by the jet d’Eau.

Head of Upper Sixth, Mr Neil Whiskerd said: “It was a privilege for Mrs Gray and myself to accompany 18 pupils to Geneva to experience the political, economic and scientific developments associated with various UN agencies, whilst visiting the amazing scientific research at CERN. All pupils behaved appropriately and learned a great deal about the complexity of problems in the world today, and the immense difficulties facing those who are at the forefront in attempting to find solutions.”

illfield Senior School Independent Somerset Hosts Over 800 For 29th Annual Mencap Day

Over 800 people with a learning disability, their families and friends were invited to Millfield to enjoy the school’s sports and creative facilities.

Mencap Day, now

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in its 29th year, offers people with a learning disability an opportunity to try out things such as badminton, barn dancing, cookery, golf putting and a water pistol shooting gallery, activities they may never have had a chance to do previously. Attendees also enjoyed face and nail painting, a magician, a drum workshop and a very thrilling tug of war.

Sixth Form pupils helped organise the day, which invites local Mencap groups from across Somerset to attend. The whole school was involved in the preparation, with pupils acting as guides on the day.

Mr Karl Leonard, who is in charge of the Millfield Mencap Day Organising Team said: “After organising this event for 16 years now, it is always a surprise how our pupils interact with our guests, and how involved they become. Every year, the feedback from the guests afterwards is wonderful – we’re so pleased to hear that for many guests it is their favourite day of the year.”

Millfield Senior School Independent Somerset Pupils And Staff Embrace Judy Murray's 'She Rallies' Tennis Campaign

Tennis pupils, coaches and staff members at Millfield are helping to improve girls’ involvement in the sport by joining ‘She Rallies’, a grassroots initiative led

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by Judy Murray.

The mother of current men’s world number 1 and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and former doubles world number 1 Jamie Murray has launched the campaign with the Lawn Tennis Association to empower and expand the number of women and girls coaching and playing tennis across the UK.

Sixteen girls and eight female staff members took part in one of the coaching sessions designed by Murray with Amanda Stonier, ‘She Rallies’ ambassador from the South West, to learn new skills and techniques to help maintain girls’ engagement in the game.

Eleven staff members are set to become ‘activators’ for the campaign, meaning they will be trained to use the skills they learned at the session in other sports and games lessons in the future.

Millfield Director of Tennis Kate Warne-Holland said, “As a school, we are committed to getting more girls involved in tennis to help close the gender gap, and buck the trend for girls to stop playing in their teenage years. It is an honour to be one of the first schools in the country to embrace ‘She Press Release Millfield School, Street, Somerset, BA16 0YD Registered in England and Wales No. 522385 | Registered Charity No. 310283 Rallies’ in our programme, and we were proud to have such a positive response from our girls after their ‘She Rallies’ session. The skills our coaches learned will become a fundamental part of games tennis and other sports in the school.’

Millfield Senior School Independent Somerset Local Schools Collaborate For Joint Art Project

Lower Sixth BTEC Art pupils from Millfield worked with pupils from Elmhurst Junior School in Street for a joint art project during the Summer Term.


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exchange programme is one of many local community initiatives being developed as part of the Millfield Sixth Form Programme.

Millfield pupils joined Elmhurst on a visit to RSPB Ham Wall in Shapwick to help them learn about the landscape and take photographs and sketches of the wildlife. This visit formed the basis of the pupil artwork created back at Millfield over a series of visits.

The pupils from Elmhurst created both individual mosaic tiles of scenes from Shapwick Moor and monoprints based on sketches and fallen foliage. The culmination of their work saw Elmhurst’s completed artwork displayed in Millfield’s Atkinson Gallery, as part of the Summer Show Exhibition.

Elmhurst pupils and their parents visited Millfield to see their work on display on Monday 26 June.

The Summer Show at the Atkinson Gallery, which features work selected from local artists the South West, is currently open to the public until the 4th of August, Monday – Saturday from 9:30am until 5pm.

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Equestrians from all over the country gathered at Millfield Prep for the annual Millfield BE Horse Trials, the school’s third British Eventing competition. Six hundred

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competitors took part over the two days of competition, including a remarkable 20 Millfield pupils, ranging from 12 to 18 years old, four staff members and two Old Millfieldians. In all, almost 2,000 people enjoyed the weekend.

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.

Press Release Millfield Prep School, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8LD Registered in England and Wales No. 522385 | Registered Charity No. 310283 Notable riders included last year’s winner of the CIC2* at Belton International, Tim Cheffings, and International event riders Tamsyn Hutchins and Alex Bragg, who competed in his first Badminton Horse Trials the previous week.

From Millfield, Year 11 pupil Becky Manton came third in the BE90 category and Year 10 pupil Sophie Blackwell came third in the BE 100 OPEN. Five other riders from the school placed in the top 10 for their respective events, with Millfield staff member Flora Rigby placing third in her event.

The cross-country course, designed for the third year by London 2012 designer, Adrian Ditcham, ran in the opposite direction to previous years and 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.

Danny Anholt, Millfield’s Director of Equestrian Sport added: “The Millfield BE Horse Trials has been a great success once again, and continues to grow each year. The course was superb throughout the weekend and we would like to thank our sponsors and the army of volunteers who helped make this event a fantastic occasion for riders and spectators alike.”

Millfield and Millfield Prep riders now look forward to a busy summer of competitions including the defence of their double Junior and Senior titles at Hickstead in August. Millfield is the first school to win both sections of the competition in the same year since 2005.

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Millfield pupils studying GCSE Business Studies have had the opportunity to create and present business solutions to potential employers for this year’s Enterprise Competition.

Over 100

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pupils were asked to create a business idea that offered an e-commerce platform which could be used by 333 Homes, a local property development company.

Three pairs made it through to the final rounds of the competition, where they presented their plans to judges Roger Hutton (Director of 333 Homes), Anabel Sexton (founder of Boudavida active wear) and Harry Renshaw-Smith (Old Millfieldian, employee of Savills group).

Year 10 pupils Archie Killen and Victor Webb won the opportunity to join a professional marketing presentation for 333 Homes with their innovative, all-round online home-buying service. Other teams suggested a bespoke 3D interiors package that would allow customers to decorate and furnish their new homes digitally, as well as a customer-focused interative app.

Competiton judge and Director of 333 Homes Roger Hutton said: “As an entrepreneur, I value the opportunity to engage with young people, who are potential business leaders of the future. All the pupils involved in the Enterprise Challenge brought modern, fresh thoughts to the table and as a judging panel, we were impressed with their level of creativity.”

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Sixty-five year nine pupils entered the nationwide Biology Challenge competition this year with 13 pupils achieving gold, silver or bronze awards.

The competition, conducted as an

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online competition, is open to 13-15 year olds across the UK.

The standout performance was by Maria Elliott who achieved a gold award, putting her in the top 5 per cent in the country. Aurora Burrowes, Lily de Lacy, Nancy Hamer-Nickells, Jessica Kelleway, Yuhka Machino, Sean-Patrick McGowan, and Emily Paterson all achieved silver awards, putting their results in the top 15 per-cent in the country. A further five pupils achieved bronze awards: Harriet Dimdore-Miles, Emily Fowler, Tomotaka Mogami, Jasmine Nobbs and Mac Ryder.

In addition, eight pupils were highly commended for their performances in the Challenge and a further 15 pupils were commended.

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A group of 16 pupils from years 10 & 11 went to Venice for three days as part of an Italian Language visit. The pupils

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got the unique opportunity to stay in an old monastery set alongside of one of the city’s canals, where they settled before enjoying a meal in a local restaurant of pasta, steak and tiramisu. After dinner a guided tour gave the pupils a look at the city’s beautiful architecture by night.

The following morning the pupils truly had to dive in, hailing a gondola to visit The Rialto Market, where they had to use their Italian to buy some fruit for lunch. This was followed by a visit to the Doge’s Palace, where pupils took in the vast, detailed paintings by Venetian artists on the ceilings and walls and to the Basilica.

After visiting the Peggy Guggenheim collection the next day, one of the most exciting parts of the trip was the chance to take part in an acting workshop taught by a professional actor, Vanni Carpenedo. This proved especially challenging, as the lesson was taught entirely in Italian.

The pupils learned all about the principal characters of the Commedia dell’arte and the history of Venetian theatre. They also had the opportunity to try on the masks and come up with their own characters. The visit gave our students of Italian the chance to be immersed in the history and culture of Venice and Italy.

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This year’s House Athletics was once again full of house spirit and determined performances. Eight new event records set during the afternoon, including two

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outright school records.

Jami Schlueter (Keens Elm) led the way with an early junior boys’ long jump record of 5.88m and Millie Quaintance (Acacia) followed suit with a massive 34.70m throw in the junior girls’ javelin. Georgia Dolan (Acacia) also set a junior girls’ discus record of 20.97m. At intermediate level, Marcia Sey (Kernick) jumped 5.25m to set a new record in the girls’ long jump, and Ollie Thorner (Great) cleared 1.88m in the boys’ high jump.

On the track, Lucia Gifford-Groves (Ivythorn) set the junior girls’ 200m record, with a winning time of 26.7 seconds.  In the relays, records were set by the Ivythorn Flames in the junior girls’ 4x100m, and by St Anne’s in the intermediate boys’ 4x100m.

At junior level, Year 9 girls made up six teams, with the Ivythorn Flames ending up eventual winners. Year 9 boys were represented by nine teams, with Keens Elm Cavaliers ending the day victorious. Abbey won the intermediate girls’ competition and Kingweston came home first for the intermediate boys’. At senior level, Kernick and Butleigh won for the girls’ and boys’ respectively.

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Music pupils were treated to a masterclass with the celebrated pianist Joseph Moog. The German musician has been the recipient of the International Classical Music

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Award and was nominated for a Grammy last year.

Mr Moog stayed on after his performance in the Johnson Hall the previous evening as part of the International Concert Series to give some one-to-one tuition to a group of music pupils from across the school. The pianist listened to each pupil’s performances, before working individually on particular parts of their pieces, offering assistance and advice from his own experience of playing in international concert halls.

Millfield’s Director of Music, Matthew Cook, commented: “For our pupils to have the opportunity to attend and participate in a masterclass with one of the world’s finest pianists has been invaluable to their learning and development as musicians. We’re very grateful to Joseph for taking the time to extend his visit after his performance at the International Concert Series; an incredibly modest and inspirational role model to all of our musicians.”

The International Concert Series, which is open to all, welcomes acclaimed musicans from all around the world every year. The next concert series will begin again in Autumn 2017.

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Eboni Beckford Chambers, Team Bath captain and England star visited Millfield Prep netball players to deliver a coaching session and talk.

The Year 6 girls were

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put through their paces in a coaching session with Eboni and other year groups had the opportunity to listen to the Team Bath captain present a talk on ‘Women in Elite Sport and Resilience’. Eboni talked about her netball journey so far and the adversity she had overcome.

Millfield Prep’s netball coach, Chantal Collins commented; “Eboni is a great role model to all our girls. She is an elite athlete and a solicitor, as well as being a thoroughly nice person, who gave our girls inspiration for the future.”

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Millfield’s drama, music and dance departments joined forces to deliver the school’s first musical in several years.

‘High School Musical’, the stage adaptation of the 2006

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film, focuses around East High and the love story between Basketball captain Troy (played by Harvey Morland and Lebo Montshiwa) and new girl Gabriella (played by Alice Kramer and Georgia Webb).

The five main roles were shared between 10 actors, each performing two shows of the four-show run.

Congratulations to the 60 pupils who performed on stage and in the live band, to four sold-out audiences, along with the stage and costume teams behind the scenes.

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Upper Sixth pupils have returned to their penultimate term at school with offers and invitations to interview from many prestigious universities in the UK and

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Reflecting the all-round education offer at Millfield, pupils have been recognised with both academic and sporting university offers including, to date, 13 unconditional offers to universities in the UK and abroad and 12 scholarships.

Two pupils have been offered places at University of Oxford this year. Amygrace Berger has been offered a place to read Chemistry at Brasenose College and Robert Brown has been offered a place to read Psychology and Philosophy at Worcester College. Caitlin Edgar has been offered a scholarship to Imperial College London to study Biomedical Engineering.

Internationally, 42 pupils applied to North American universities. To date, Nick Brookes has been offered a place at Northwestern University, Emma Cain will join University of California, Los Angeles, Joel Leon Benitez will take up his place at Virginia Tech and Luke Hammond will start at Oklahoma State University next autumn.

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Professor Iain Stewart from Plymouth University joined Sixth Form geographers to talk about how we as humans make decisions that determine the likelihood and impact

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of a hazard.

One of the world’s experts in this field, Professor Stewart explained that where we choose to live and build turns natural hazards into disasters and that there is a complex pattern of decisions and stochastic forces that entwine to increase the size of vulnerable populations. Improving technology and prediction may help but listening to local people and finding simple appropriate solutions that are easily achieved is also very important.

The depth of the talk and clarity of delivery helped improve the understanding of a complex issue for all those that attended.

We were delighted to be joined by pupils from other schools including Wells Cathedral, King’s Bruton, Sexey’s, Sherborne and Wellington.

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Business pupils attended the London breakfast launch of the book ‘The Female Lead’, created by loyalty and data entrepreneur, Edwina Dunn.

The book features 60 stories

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from inspirational women who are at the forefront of their fields and have each shaped the world with their innovation and determination. As a whole, The Female Lead project aims to increase the visibility of female role models to inspire a more determined and ambitious generation of women.

The breakfast event included the premiere of accompanying film which featured successful women including Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham, Christine Lagarde and Nobel Prize Winner, Leymah Gbowee talking about the motivation, inspiration and experiences that have shaped their path to success.

The screening was followed by a discussion panel with some of the UK’s most accomplished women including broadcaster Christiane Amanpour CBE. She was joined on stage by scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, Academy Award winner Sandy Powell OBE, yachtswoman Tracy Edwards MBE and Dr Vanessa Ogden from Mulberry School.

It was a highly motivating and inspirational experience for the pupils involved.

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