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Lively boarding community which doesn’t high tail it home at weekends (apart from exeats) - around 40 per cent of boarders are from overseas - and still includes Sunday chapel. Millfield is not a special school, but it attracts pupils with a range of problems from mild literacy difficulties to those with a diagnosis of dyslexia and/or speech and language difficulties. Children seem quite content, scurrying around like worker bees under the queen's command. Parents underline how school…

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What the school says...

Millfield Preparatory Schools strength lies in the belief that every child is an individual and to put the child at the heart of everything we do. To discover and develop the talents and abilities of each child has always been the Millfield vision and with world class resources and facilities every child has the maximum opportunity at Millfield to find their strengths and aim for excellence.

The school has a friendly and caring atmosphere where pastoral care is high on the agenda. We believe that happy and contented children will have the confidence to take on any challenge. We do encourage our children to be active and to be thoughtful, considerate and mindful of the needs of others.

It is often commented by visitors and parents of the school that there is an almost tangible feeling of openness and well-being here. Our pupils are happy, relaxed and confident. They enjoy school life and the experience of being part of such a vibrant community and they go on to exceed their expectations.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2010, Mrs Shirley Shayler MEd BSc PGCE. Educated at Carrickfergus Grammar School, Northern Ireland, degree in biology from the University of Stirling, PGCE from Queen’s University, Belfast, masters in educational management. No stranger to Millfield, having taught biology at the senior school 1989-2002 and undertaken an impressive spread of pastoral and extracurricular roles including coaching first XI girls’ hockey and being a houseparent. Deputy head of Taunton School for four years then head of Stonar for another four plus years doing much to expand and improve the sixth form. Lives on site with husband Gary, biology teacher and head of careers at senior school, and daughter, Caragh, who attends Millfield Prep and rides a school pony.

‘Delightful’ and ‘caring’ but steely when need arises. Parents we spoke to all...

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Special Education Needs

The school has a centre to support pupils with mild to moderate literacy difficulties, including dyslexia, and other difficulties. It is staffed by specialists working closely with the school staff.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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