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Motto Molire Molendo
(Loosely translated as "to succeed by grinding")
Established 1935
Type Independent day and boarding school
Headmaster Craig Considine
Founder Jack Meyer
Location Butleigh Road
BA16 0YD
Coordinates: 51°07′21″N 2°43′39″W / 51.1225°N 2.7275°W / 51.1225; -2.7275
DfE number 933/6022
DfE URN 123911 Tables
Students 1,240
Gender Co-educational
Ages 2–18
Houses 19 Boarding, 5 Day
Former pupils Old Millfieldians

Founded in 1935, Millfield is a co-educational Independent school for ages 13-18 years based in Street, Somerset, England.

Millfield is a registered charity. The school is the largest co-educational boarding school in the UK with approximately 1,240 pupils, of which over 950 are full boarders from over 65 nationalities.

Millfield Development and the Millfield Foundation, raises money to fund scholarships and bursaries. The school is a member of the G20 Schools Group and a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

Millfield has its own pre-prep and preparatory school, Millfield Preparatory School (also known as Edgarley) in nearby Glastonbury which takes children from 2 to 13 years old. The prep school shares some of Millfield's facilities and over 90% of its pupils typically move up to Millfield each year.


Millfield was founded in 1935 by Jack Meyer (referred to at Millfield as "Boss") in the house originally owned by the Clark family, who owned and ran the shoe manufacturer Clarks, following his return from India with seven Indian boys, six of whom were princes. Meyer, educated at Haileybury and Imperial Service College, adhered to the philanthropic aim " nurture talent by providing the very best facilities, teaching, coaching and opportunities in which young people can exercise and explore their abilities; and to give awards to those in financial need."[1]

In 1939, the school became one of the first independent schools to become co-educational. Over the years, the school acquired land and houses around the locale, and a result there were many boarding houses within a 10-mile (16-kilometre) radius of the original site; this resulted in boarders living at houses or billets in the outlying villages — being bussed in and out for lessons and meals. Over recent years, many of these houses have been sold and the proceeds invested in new on-campus boarding houses. There are currently three country boarding houses occupied by male pupils.


The Millfield campus is based over 240 acres in Somerset, in Street, in the South West of England.


Millfield is predominantly a full boarding school with around 75% of its pupils as boarders. The house system is based on gender and status as a day pupil or boarder. With the introduction of 'Nine at Millfield' in 2014, year 9 is now treated as a transitional year with 'Year 9 only' day and boarding houses. All other houses are Year 10-Upper Sixth boarders and two are exclusively for Sixth Formers. The boarding houses are supervised by house parents and assisted by assistant house parents, tutors, and matrons. Each house generally has around 40-50 pupils.

There are fourteen boys' and nine girls' houses; the oldest house is Millfield House, which is the original building the school first began operating in. The house opened when the school was established in 1935 and is now one of Year 9 boarding houses.[2]

The houses have kitchens, common rooms and spaces for prep work. Houses are equipped with state of the art Wi-Fi networks.

House Year Groups1 Day/Boarding
Abbey Senior Boarding
Acacia Year 9 Boarding
Kernick Senior Boarding
The Lakes Mixed Day
Martins Mixed Boarding
Overleigh Mixed Day
Portway Sixth Form Boarding
Southfield Senior Boarding
Warner Senior Boarding
House Year Group1 Day/Boarding
Butleigh Senior Boarding
Etonhurst Senior Boarding
The Grange Sixth Form Boarding
Great Senior Day
Holmcroft Senior Boarding
Joan's Kitchen Senior Boarding
Keen's Elm Year 9 Boarding
Kingweston Senior Boarding
Mill Senior Day
Millfield Year 9 Boarding
Orchards Senior Boarding
St Anne's Senior Boarding
Shapwick Senior Boarding
Walton Senior Boarding


| Ivythorn || Year 9 || Day 1 "Senior" denotes Year 9 to Upper Sixth (Year 13); "Sixth Form" denotes Lower and Upper Sixth only.



Millfield is well known for its sporting prowess and has produced many international and Olympic athletes; its campus houses a wide range of sports facilities.[5] 130 staff sports coaches oversee the different sports on offer, including basketball, golf, hockey (indoor and outdoor), girls' athletics, fencing, modern pentathlon, triathlon, rugby union sevens, squash, cricket, orienteering, archery, horse riding, tennis and swimming. The Master in charge of cricket is Richard Ellison, a former professional who played for Kent and England.[6]

Cricket ground[edit]

The school's cricket pitch sits within sight of Glastonbury Tor which frames the background; the only County Championship match held on the pitch was in 1961 when Somerset played Warwickshire.[7] Somerset returned to the school ground in 1975, where they played Gloucestershire in a List-A match in the Benson and Hedges Cup. In 1977, Somerset played their second and final List-A match to date at the ground against Hampshire.[8] The school ground has also held a number of Somerset Second XI matches in the Minor Counties Championship, Second XI Championship and Second XI Trophy, hosting six Second XI fixtures in total.[9][10][11] Somerset most recently played at Millfield in 2002, against Cardiff University Centre of Cricketing Excellence in a 3-day match (not first-class).[12]

2012 Olympic Games[edit]

Millfield appeared in the official London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide.[13] The Russian swimming team used the school as its training base before the London Olympics, and the Great Britain modern pentathlon squad also used the schools facilities in preparation for the games.[14]

Other facilities[edit]

  • Art gallery
  • Concert hall and recording suites
  • Fencing Salle
  • Meyer theatre
  • Squash courts
  • Swimming pool


  1. 1935-1971 Jack 'Boss' Meyer
  2. 1971-1986 Colin Atkinson
  3. 1986-1990 Brian Gaskell
  4. 1990-1998 Christopher Martin
  5. 1998-2008 Peter Johnson
  6. 2008- Craig Considine

Notable alumni[edit]

Main article: Old Millfieldians

Former pupils of the school are known as Old Millfieldians or OMs.



  1. ^ "Boss Meyer". Millfield School. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  2. ^ Boarding - Millfield
  3. ^ Boarding Houses
  4. ^ Day Houses
  5. ^ "Schools Guide 2012 - Millfield". Tatler. 2012. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Millfield School". 1961-07-29. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  8. ^ "List-A Matches played on Millfield School". Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  9. ^ "Minor Counties Championship Matches played on Millfield School". 1984-08-26. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  10. ^ "Second XI Championship Matches played on Millfield School". Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  11. ^ "Second XI Trophy Matches played on Millfield School". Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  12. ^ CricketArchive Somerset v Cardiff UCCE, 2002
  13. ^ Training Camps Website
  14. ^ BBC News

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