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Everyone talked of the diversity of families – the much-vaunted Millfield Mix. Parents told us the school is ‘down to earth’, ‘isn’t snobby’ and that the pupils ‘aren’t all walking round in designer clothes – nothing like that’. There’s an extensive outreach programme and parents say the school is firmly rooted in the community. ‘They did a fantastic job of supporting the local community during the pandemic,’ said one father. ‘We live nearby and they...

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Founded in 1935, Millfield’s vision is to be the leading global arena for the development of children, with 1280 pupils aged 13-18, of whom 75 percent are full boarders. Millfield’s facilities are unmatched in the UK: an Olympic-sized swimming pool, indoor golf, cricket and equestrian centres; concert hall, theatre, art gallery, music centre, hi-tech chemistry block and outstanding teaching facilities; and the boarding accommodation is amongst the very best in the country. Millfield has the resource and attitude to bring together key staff to provide an education and experience that honours the individual child at the centre. This doesn’t happen in other schools. With small class sizes of around 8-16, sophisticated use of digital technology, excellent teachers and expert sports coaches, every student is individually supported to discover their brilliance. ...Read more

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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Other features

Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.


Unusual sports


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.




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Since 2018, Gavin Horgan MA (Oxon) (40s). Previously head of Worksop College. Educated at Stonyhurst College, where he was awarded an assisted place and bursary, and Oxford, where he read classics. ‘My father was a postmaster and my mother was a special needs teacher and they lived in an ex-mining village in Dumfriesshire so it’s very clear to me that without the bursary or the assisted place my fortunes in life would have been very different,’ he says.

After university he worked for the Red Cross and then taught in Sri Lanka. On his return to the UK he taught English at Calthorpe Park School in Hampshire and Archbishop Tenison’s School (overlooking the Oval), qualifying as a teacher through the Graduate Teacher Programme. Spent two years at deputy head of St...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Centre (LSC) is located at the heart of the school and plays a key role in the lives of many of our pupils with SEN. Its purpose is to provide support and guidance for all pupils with learning differences across the senior school. Our aims are to encourage and work with pupils to further develop their literacy skills, study skills and self-esteem as they work towards the achievement of successful GCSE, IGCSE and A level grades. The LSC works hard at building strong working relationships with a wide range of prep and other senior schools in order to facilitate a smooth transition for pupils moving to Millfield at 13+, 14+ or 16+. The LSC maintains high expectations of the pupils working within the department. The quality of relationships with pupils is regarded as a vital component in building confidence, rapport and mutual understanding as is the pace and style of teaching, taking into account different learning styles and abilities. LSC teachers maintain and share an interest in current research, training, techniques and resources in a constant effort to maximise opportunities and success for pupils and in their support and advice for fellow members of staff. Addressing issues such as motivation, organisation, work habits and self-responsibility are also regarded as important keys to building success. Selected pupils in Years 9-11 are prepared for IGCSE English language, and sometimes English Literature, examinations within the LSC. These LSC English groups, typically of seven or eight pupils, are deliberately kept small to allow more opportunities for support and over-learning. They are taught by well-qualified LSC English staff with a wealth of experience in teaching pupils with specific learning difficulties (SpLD). In the lower school selected SpLD pupils receive timetabled study support which is delivered in small groups in place of an option subject or a modern foreign language. Again, these groups are generally made up of seven to eight pupils. Pupils will work on their own targets as well as receive support with literacy attainment, revision strategies, study skills etc. At sixth form level, the LSC continues to support pupils through small group tutorials which take place during their private study periods. LSC Tutors will help with the development of effective study skills, including exam and revision techniques. All students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning whilst having a support structure to assist them as and when necessary. The department is open during lunch and break times with at least one LSC Tutor on hand to assist pupils who need help on a drop-in basis who simply wants a quiet place to work or to complete prep. This facility is well used by pupils of all years. Pupils value the contact and support they experience within the LSC during their life at Millfield and feel at ease within its supportive and encouraging culture.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
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 Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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