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  • Milton Abbey School
    Milton Abbas
    Blandford Forum
    DT11 0BZ
  • Head: James Watson
  • T 01258 880484
  • F 01258 881194
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 13 to 18.
  • Read about the best schools in Dorset
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Dorset
  • Pupils: 220 (147 boys; 73 girls); sixth formers: 116
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day: £26,070; Boarding: £49,635 pa
  • Open days: October and March; monthly programme of admissions visits and subject-based experience days.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Fifteen minutes’ drive from Blandford, the school sits in its own valley, if not its own bubble. The woods surrounding the school lend a sense of calm, while offering up a playground for assorted outdoor activities. School claims it has the ‘widest range of vocational subjects in the independent sector,’ and this is where it stands out from the crowd. The mix of...

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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 2023, James Watson, previously senior deputy head and before that head of learning development. Holds a master’s in ancient history and classical archaeology from Edinburgh and a PGCE from Buckingham. Moved into education after a 13-year career in accountancy, stockbroking and finance, mainly working in Asia and the Middle East. Previous roles include second master at Bruern Abbey. He has started numerous clubs at the school including history society, commerce society and the piscatorial society (fishing!), as well as coaching rugby, hockey and cricket. Lives with his wife, Posy, their three young children and assorted dogs and ponies.


No entrance exams, minimum grade requirements or ‘focus on current attainment’, but school will only take pupils who show commitment to learning and have the potential to benefit from school life and to contribute to it....

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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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