(Loosely translated as "to succeed by grinding")
|Type||Independent day and boarding school|
|DfE URN||123911 Tables|
|Houses||19 Boarding, 5 Day|
|Former pupils||Old Millfieldians|
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 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 "...to 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."
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.
The houses have kitchens, common rooms and spaces for prep work. Houses are equipped with state of the art Wi-Fi networks.
|The Grange||Sixth Form||Boarding|
|Keen's Elm||Year 9||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. 130 staff sports coaches oversee the 28 different sports on offer, including athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, clay shooting, cricket, cross country, dance, equestrian, fencing, football, golf, hockey, karate, modern pentathlon, netball, outdoor activities, rowing, rugby, ski racing, squash, swimming, tennis and trampolining.
Millfield has been represented at every Olympic Games since 1956. At the London 2012 Games, Millfield was the most represented UK school. At Rio in 2016, eight Millfieldians took part and won a total of four medals in rowing, swimming and rugby sevens.
Millfield appeared in the official London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide. 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.
Millfield offers academic, sporting and co-curricular facilities, including:
- Art gallery
- Concert hall (Johnson Hall) and recording suites
- Product Design centre
- Meyer Theatre
- Science centre and lecture theatre
- Olympic size swimming pool
- Fencing Salle
- Squash courts
- Fully equipped gymnasiums
- Indoor and outdoor tennis courts
- Golf course
- Dance studios
- Equestrian centre and stables for 60 horses
- Astro turf pitches
- Rugby and football pitches
- Cricket pavilion
- Netball courts
- Athletics track
- Medical centre
- 1935-1971 Jack 'Boss' Meyer
- 1971-1986 Colin Atkinson
- 1986-1990 Brian Gaskell
- 1990-1998 Christopher Martin
- 1998-2008 Peter Johnson
- 2008- Craig Considine
Pupils socialising in their boarding house
Aerial photo of campus facilities
Pupils using technology in the classroom
Former pupils of the school are known as Old Millfieldians or OMs. Alumni become life members of the Society when they leave the school. The principle aim of the Society is to keep members of the worldwide Millfield family in touch with each other.
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