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  • Milton Abbey School
    Milton Abbas
    Blandford Forum
    DT11 0BZ
  • Head: Judith Fremont-Barnes
  • T 01258 880484
  • F 01258 881194
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 13 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Dorset
  • Pupils: 209 (140 boys; 69 girls); sixth formers: 93 (56 boys; 37 girls)
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £22,500; Boarding £42,825 pa
  • Open days: Saturday 6 November 2021 - 10am | Open Day; Saturday 27 November - 10:30am | Online Open Morning; Saturday 5 March 2022 - 10am | Open Day
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

With 76 acres of rolling countryside, it is one of the prettiest schools in the country. You can’t fail to be enchanted by the ancient abbey nestling in a wooded Dorset valley, one of the finest Capability Brown landscapes, 15 minutes’ drive from Blandford. ‘It’s deeply rural, but not remote.' Students eat all their meals in the Abbot’s Hall, a grand dining room complete with stags’ heads. Pastoral care highly praised by students and parents alike. 'The school is small enough to make sure no-one gets lost,’ and, according to students, there is always…

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What the school says...

Milton Abbey is a traditional, yet modern, forward-looking boarding school that celebrates excellence, hard work, industry and endeavour. Our environment is inclusive, caring and ambitious for every pupil. Our small size allows for a level of care that is unsurpassed in bigger schools. We want pupils to have big achievements, big ambitions and big hearts. ...Read more

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School associations

Round Square - a network of 40 schools worldwide that share ideals such as internationalism, adventure and service.


Unusual sports


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



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2018, Judith Fremont-Barnes MA MEd (early 50s), previously head of Duke of Kent School in Surrey. Her first teaching post at JAGS (‘just while I decided what to do with my life’) after her English degree at Oxford was the start of a love affair with teaching and a massive span of a career which has included Radley, King Edward VI Southampton and More House, a boys’ SpLD school in the home counties – oh and five years in Japan as a university lecturer plus her own master’s studies. ‘I’m an educational magpie!’ she told us from her sumptuous book-lined study, adding that Milton Abbey felt like everything she had ever done, rolled into one. Such ‘a patchwork career’, as she disparagingly describes it, would seem ideal preparation for heading up Milton Abbey,...

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Special Education Needs

Milton Abbey has a well-resourced Learning Support Department staffed by fully-qualified teachers. Learning Support Assistants support some mainstream lessons. Pupils come at mutually agreed times. The majority of support is for pupils with dyslexia, but a range of other conditions can be supported.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
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
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
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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