Founded in 1935, Millfield’s vision is to be the leading global arena for the development of children, with 1280 pupils aged 13-18, of whom 75 percent are full boarders. Millfield’s facilities are unmatched in the UK: an Olympic-sized swimming pool, indoor golf, cricket and equestrian centres; concert hall, theatre, art gallery, music centre, hi-tech chemistry block and outstanding teaching facilities; and the boarding accommodation is amongst the very best in the country. Millfield has the resource and attitude to bring together key staff to provide an education and experience that honours the individual child at the centre. This doesn’t happen in other schools. With small class sizes of around 8-16, sophisticated use of digital technology, excellent teachers and expert sports coaches, every student is individually supported to discover their brilliance.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Scholarships are available for entry into Year 9 or the Lower Sixth.
For those entering Year 9, 13+ assessments will usually take place in the academic year preceding the year of entry. Academic, All-Rounder, Art, Chess, Music and Sport awards are available. Applications are also welcome from good all-rounders; boys and girls who have reached a good standard academically and who show promise in other specific areas including Art, Drama, Music or Sport.
The Nine at Millfield Academic Scholarship is a highly valued award which will provide up to 50% fee remission. These scholarships will be awarded to pupils of outstanding academic merit, who will bring distinction and commitment to the academic life of Millfield and have strengths in one or more co-curricular areas. This can be demonstrated by a sufficiently high standard in Art, Drama, Music or Sport. We will be looking for candidates who demonstrate outstanding intellect, character, leadership and commitment.
For those entering Lower Sixth, 16+ assessments will usually take place in the academic year preceding the year of entry with the majority in November. Academic, All-Rounder, Art, Chess, Music and Sport awards are available. Applications are also welcome from good all-rounders; boys and girls who have reached a good standard academically and who show promise in other specific areas including Art, Drama, Music or Sport.
Scholarships may be honorary or carry a fee reduction of up to 15%. If a scholarship has been awarded, parents in genuine financial need can also apply for a means-tested bursary. A small number of Headmaster's Awards may carry reductions in excess of 15% in recognition of exceptional excellence in a particular area or areas.
Scholarship assessments take place in the academic year preceding entry and are open to pupils who have an excellent school report and recommendation from their headteacher. Candidates should be under 13 years of age on the 1 September if they are applying for a 13+ Scholarship.
Millfield fees are as inclusive as possible and extras are kept to a minimum. The day fee includes tuition, most activities at school, three-course lunch, games and prep, textbook loan, pupils’ personal accident insurance, contribution to travel and accommodation when representing the school, and internet access. The boarding fee includes all of the above plus breakfast, three-course supper and laundry.
13+ and 14+ Entry
Our largest intake for pupils is at 13+ into Year 9 when we welcome 200 new pupils to the school. There are also spaces for about 35 pupils per year to join our Year 10. Our Nine at Millfield programme has been specifically designed to meet the academic and developmental needs of 13-14 year olds, to ensure they make the successful transition from a prep or junior school to the next stage of their schooling at Millfield.
At Lower Sixth level we admit around 130 new pupils each year. We have a very wide range of academic subjects available for study at Sixth Form, with small class sizes and expert careers and higher education advice.