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This is unquestionably the place for your budding Olympian, and the fact that it has produced so many top flight athletes and sportspeople is no accident. It is typical of the Millfield seriousness of purpose that, having only introduced rowing a couple of years ago, investment in a year-round programme including nutrition, video analysis and diverse training has resulted in this Jonny-come-lately beating many established rowing schools and even universities. But whatever Millfield does – and it does almost everything – it does exceptionally well, devoting considerable…

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What the school says...

Millfield is an inspirational school where pupils are celebrated for who they are and encouraged to reach their personal best. We offer an exceptional breadth of opportunities - both curricular and co-curricular - so that pupils can find their passions and be supported with a tailored education programme that is right for them. The school is proud of its global diversity of over 65 nationalities and its mix of full boarding and day pupils. We are also proud to be an innovator, with recent examples being the new Year 9 programme, Nine at Millfield, and the use of pupil iPads to promote digital learning. ...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.




What The Good Schools Guide says

Head master

Since 2008, Mr Craig Considine MEd (mid 50s). Firmly rooted in the southern hemisphere until his appointment to Millfield – a degree in applied science in human movement (that’ll be sports science then), a masters in educational leadership from Melbourne’s top universities, director of co-curricular at Geelong then head of Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand – he brings some welcome Antipodean directness to one of ‘the big names – not one of the old names’, as he puts it. A previous (British) head of Geelong had suggested Mr Considine could do worse than look at Millfield for ideas for sports facilities; along with those, he was also aware of and intrigued by Jack Meyer’s (Millfield’s founder, of whom more anon) work on word blindness, as dyslexia was then called, and its links...

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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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