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Discover brilliance in every child
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Nine at Millfield is different to how other schools approach Year 9. It has evolved from our passion to provide the very best education for every student to enable them to discover their brilliance. Between the ages of 13 and 14 most students need a little extra guidance.
The transition from prep or junior school to Year 9 can be challenging even for the most confident and accomplished children. We offer an age appropriate learning programme for this year group that provides students with increased opportunities to flourish.
We know that students do best when they are known, nurtured and challenged. Our pastoral programme has the staffing experience and resourcing so that everyone is known and nurtured. We have the scale and rigour so that all are challenged, whatever their aptitude in life. We also have a lot of fun that ensures life-long friendships are made.
“The best part is the friends I’ve made and the opportunities
I’m given ”
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Gavin Horgan, Headmaster
• Be self-motivated to deliver and develop through work and play
• Be devoted to your personal well-being
• Prioritise your own happiness and have fun
• Own your responsibilities
Be sincere in the way you interact with others
Show integrity in the way you behave in all aspects of life
Be true to yourself in the way you reflect on actions and learn from them
• Have the enthusiasm to think and try new things
• Have courage to test your ideas, to fail and to adapt
• Be dangerously modern ready to lead the way, to change the conversation
• Live in the moment and believe in possibility
• Positively challenge and question to encourage progress
• Be global in your outlook to seek new ways to find solutions, embrace calculated risks
• Be unshackled by tradition to quickly shape a different future
• Be an activist
• Be respectful and inclusive to all
• Be empathetic, always trying to understand emotions and feelings of those around you
• Show humility at all times
• Be aware of the impact you have on others
This is what sets us apart from other schools.
Lots of staff available so students always have an adult to turn to
programme helps identify
strengths, character and
how to use them
Housemasters/housemistresses are your single point of contact for everything
Year 9 housescentrally located on campus together
Dedicated houses just for Year 9s
Games sessions at least
4x a week with access to
of limitless opportunities
– art, drama, music, sport, activities, lectures and competition
Exceptional Brilliance Curriculum to stretch and challenge all
Outdoor learning in the Somerset countryside
Millfield seeks to discover brilliance in young people of
wide-ranging abilities and provides a rich and varied curriculum to bring out the best in everyone. No two students are the same. That is why we believe in offering breadth, depth and choice so that students can tailor their studies and play to their individual strengths.
This is brilliant!
We have carefully designed what we teach and the order that we teach it in at Millfield – the Brilliance Curriculum. This is an exciting way of learning that connects subjects together. For example, you might learn about a historical period in your History lessons which helps you understand the poem you are studying in English so that your understanding becomes much deeper.
We have small class sizes, with on average only 13 children in a Year 9 class, so the teacher has plenty of opportunity to help everyone in the class during a lesson (it also means there is no hiding at the back!). You will be carefully grouped so that the teachers can give you the right level of stretch, challenge and support when you need it.
There are sets for Maths and Languages, which are organised in the first few weeks of school. Additional Maths and English lessons are available to students who need that bit of extra boost.
English (Learning Support English)
Food and Nutrition
(Chinese, French, German, Latin & Spanish)
Progress of top academics is overseen and monitored by the Head of Academic Culture to ensure that our provision is sufficiently challenging. This may be greater subject content or higher-order thinking skills. Regular enrichment activities include subject breakfasts, evening lectures, academic competitions and a fortnightly group meeting for all top academic students across the school.
Study Support lessons are offered by our Learning Support Centre (LSC) teachers by prior agreement. All students with AEN (Additional Educational Needs) can access help and advice during lunchtime workshops within the LSC. These sessions are run by experienced SpLD (Specific Learning Difficulties) teachers so a range of literacy and study skills can be taught and developed. There is excellent access to assistive technology and a wide range of resources to support learning.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
The EAL Department provides language support for international students whose first language is not English. They also prepare students for the Cambridge ESOL Exams, the IGCSE English as a Second Language qualification in Years 9 and 10, and the IELTS examination in the Sixth Form.
Private reading is an essential part of student development; for academic progress and personal development. Reading is an established part of our Year 9s daily experience, with all boarders given time to read for 30 minutes before lights out and there is a junior reading zone in the Library. Writers are often invited to school and in recent years we have been fortunate to have visits from Marcus Sedgwick, Sally Gardner and Tanya Landman.
The Futures department run a very varied programme from the start of Year 9. In addition to careers talks from experts in different fields, Year 9 students will be visited in their houses (boarding and day) to discuss future career aspirations, followed by more personal sessions with Futures in the lead up to choosing their Year 10/11 programme. Students will decide their subject choices at the end of the spring term having experienced so much that is new both in and out of the classroom. There will be information and presentations about the option subjects they have not studied in Year 9 and a lot of support from Group Tutors at this time.
“My favourite thing is the mix and balance of sport and academic ”
All Year 9s will need the following:
• Full-size screen (9.7” or above)
• A minimum of 32GB memory, 4G/5G option is not required
• iPad 8th Generation (2020 onwards) or an iPad Pro (2016 onwards)
• Apple pencil or other stylus
• A protective case with integrated keyboard, appropriate insurance is
We will help you set up your device for school use, provide a suite of apps, filtering and e-safety. You will use it to:
• Create and edit videos
• Create e-books that include voice, video, text and images
• View digital text books and material to aid understanding
• Word process, create presentations, analyse data
• Research information• Devise and complete quizzes and assessments
• Create mind maps, writing digital notes
“Being with your friends and the campus.”
"Being with your friends and the campus ."
All courses are subject to change and demand.
ART, DESIGN AND TECH
From the ‘Big Draw’ festival, to the weekly ‘Art and Photography Experience’ to competitions, students can create mixed media pieces and animation, time-lapse photography, stop motion and mini films. Our Atkinson Gallery displays professional artists work alongside student work.
Who doesn’t love baking and the treat of eating it all afterwards? Recipes covered vary from chocolate brownies through to katsu curry and bread making, all done in a relaxed and supportive environment. And of course, we have a ‘Bake Off’.
Exposure to the Arts is essential in providing a rounded education. Our aim is to extend student opportunities and experiences, help them find ways of expressing themselves creatively and enhance their enjoyment of school life.
The Year 9 co-curricular Dance Programme helps students develop their creative, technical and expressive movement skills where they can collaborate, choreograph and perform in a series of workshops, technique classes and performance projects, on a weekly basis. There are opportunities to collaborate on performance pieces and in professional workshops. There is a large-scale Dance Show and dance festival. Elite dancers can audition for one of our dance groups, and keen dancers can attend contemporary, ballet or choreography classes.
Debating is an excellent tool to encourage higher and critical thinking skills. Putting across a point of view and being able to think clearly under pressure, in what can be seen as a daunting arena, is fantastic for building confidence in public speaking, which is such an unique life skill.
‘Drama for all’ is the philosophy here and we believe that involvement in live theatre is a life-enhancing experience. We offer a broad and exciting co-curricular provision in which students explore devised and scripted pieces to develop characterisation and performance skills in weekly workshops and projects.
Technical workshops on lighting, sound and costume are also offered. The Junior Play in the summer is an ambitious project with full production values and Junior House Plays capture the competitive spirit.
Our music department is one of the largest in the UK with world-class facilities. With 40 strong music staff, our state of the art facilities include a 350-seat Concert Hall, Recital Foyer, two professional standard recording studios, four iMac suites, a specialist percussion room, and a superb collection of instruments, including a Steinway Model D Concert Grand.Our extensive concert calendar features up to 60 events each year with performances from solo recitals to large-scale ensemble concerts and chamber music concerts to contemporary evenings, musicals, festivals and a Concerto Concert. Musicians also benefit from our external performance calendar, including renowned global music festivals and competitions, worldwide concert tours, performances at Wells Cathedral, an International Concert Series and professional Masterclasses.
EARLY AUTUMN CAMP
(3 days, 2 nights)
The year starts with a three day camp.
This is about self-discovery and curiosity in the exhilarating natural environment. It is designed to enhance confidence, resilience and teamwork, and fostering appreciation and understanding of self, others and the natural environment.
EVERY MONDAY 4-5pm
This dedicated time for Outdoor Adventure helps students develop expedition skills, have a go at challenging adventurous
activities and have fun!
• Mountain Biking
• First Aid
• Rock Climbing
• Raft building
• Orienteering in a forest
• Walking up Glastonbury Tor
• Navigating up to Windmill Hill Monument
• Expedition Cooking
• Bush Craft & Fire Lighting
• Team Challenges
• Tree Climbing
• Expedition Planning
(1 day in November, 1 day in January)
These days involve taking on an outdoor challenge such as High Ropes, Caving, Canoeing, Mountain Biking or Rock Climbing. There will also be other weekend opportunities students can sign-up for.
(2 days, 1 night, early summer – optional)
Over a two-day self-sufficient expedition on foot, small groups will navigate, camp and cook for themselves whilst under the watchful eye of one of our experienced outdoor instructors.
(5 days, 4 nights)
The culminating week of Nine at Millfield will be spent on a five-day camp to both challenge and provide an idyllic setting for a celebration of the year.
Activities may include:
• Horse riding
• Trail cycling
Those doing DofE will complete their expedition at the summer camp.
BRONZE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD
As the world’s leading youth achievement award, widely recognised by universities and employers, DofE is about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. Students have the opportunity to complete their Bronze Award in Year 9.
TEN TORS CHALLENGE
Each year Millfield enters two teams of six into the 35 mile event on Dartmoor during which students navigate their way around a set course over two days. For those who would like to take on the challenge, training starts in the autumn through to the main event in May.
Those who particularly enjoy Outdoor Adventure may opt to go on an overseas expedition. Recent expeditions have seen students trekking from hut to hut on the Norwegian Hardangervidda mountain plateau in 2018 and through the Icelandic wilderness on the Laugavegur Trail in 2019.
“My friends and the people I’ve become so close with in such a short time .”
With all of Millfield’s superb facilities to call upon, as well as the expertise and enthusiasm of our staff, we are able to introduce students to an exciting range of pursuits that they haven’t tried before. Indoor and outdoor, practical and creative, adventurous and reflective, mentally and physically challenging, there is a rich variety of activities from which to choose.
There are more than 100 options and students are encouraged to try a different activity each term to ensure that they do something that will teach them a new skill, perhaps community service based, physical or academic. MAP also offers an opportunity to meet students across different age groups.
It is great fun on a Friday 4-5pm at the end of the week and an excellent way to make friends.
Activities include: Art, Badminton, Basketball Club, Beekeeping, Board Games, Body Conditioning, Chess, Chinese Language, Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Croquet, Current Affairs Documentaries, Darts, Design – Building skateboard ramps, Dissection, Documentaries – David Attenborough and current affairs, Dog Walking, Drama, Escape Room game, Esports, Film Clubs – Classic & History, Golf for Fun, Millstream, Mindfulness, Netball, Photography, Pickleball, Pom-Pom craft, Psychology, Rugby for Girls, Snooker, Spinning, Sport Performance Analysis, Squash, Table Tennis, Together Band Ambassadors and UN goals, Touch Typing, Trampolining, Wattbike, Yoga.
“Doing a ‘Just Dance’ with the
entire house is something I’d love to do again .”
Sport will always provide the opportunity to learn about yourself, especially when under pressure, learn about others, whether a teammate or opponent, and learn about the culture and behaviour in which you perform.
We aim to provide a broad multi-sporting experience in Year 9 whilst also allowing students to spend time on their main sporting passion. Sport helps develop friendship groups and aids settling in. It also promotes taking responsibility, finding limits and being curious about individuals own development. For many, the volume and intensity of training increases.
Our diversity and range of sporting options, our emphasis on specialist sports coaches, and our flexible scheduling around sport and education make Millfield a unique development environment for any child looking to enjoy their time in sport.
The sporting options vary across the week and term depending on playing seasons. The core structure of the week looks like this in Year 9:
Team sport options*
Sport of the term for students competing in National events OR Athletic movement and development options OR Other sports clubs
Sport of the term for boys
Athletic movement and development options
* These are compulsory sessions. All others are dependent on selection, choice and preference.
Boys’ sport of the term
Girls’ sport of the term
Within the school programme we also have the flexibility to structure a programme to support those in earlier specialisation sports or those who request specific 1-to-1 coaching, subject to the criteria being met for private coaching.
After Year 9, students’ Games choices progress to a broad landscape of over 27 sports and activities. This is an unrivalled offer, delivered by enthusiastic and skilled tutors and coaches.
We are very proud of our record as a pre-eminent school for sport, with multiple National Championships and world-class graduates each year. Millfield Sport supports athletes through expert coaching, with appropriate physical and personal development and challenging competition.
Millfield is home to nearly 50 international sporting representatives at any one time. Famed for our facilities alongside our unique blend of coaching, education and outstanding pastoral care, we are able to offer an environment increasingly recognised by world-class partners. We are supported by several Olympic and non-Olympic Governing Bodies, and have personal relationships with professional clubs and all the UK’s leading sports universities.
Our measure of success is in our ability to prepare young people, through sport, for their transition from Millfield. For some, this could be a university in the UK, US or elsewhere, leading onto National Governing Body pathways or professional academies to continue their path to high performance. For others, it is about finding a sport or activity that provides a social environment with friends, so they remain active and healthy throughout their lives, and sport prepares them for the challenge of working in a modern world.
Team sport options are: football, rugby, hockey, netball, basketball.
Some sports which train across year groups e.g. fencing, swimming, triathlon, among others, will have different training times and opportunities outside of the core structure above.
“It’s fun boarding
sport is good .”
Boarding at Millfield
Millfield is a full boarding school and its boarding staff pride themselves on their provision of care to students. We deliver this in a compassionate and supportive way and, although the school is a very busy place, we create a family atmosphere within the boarding community.
Millfield boarding is about respect, humanity and moral courage whilst recognising that students will need resilience in facing the challenges that school and life will bring. We create a tolerant and child-centred environment, where our staff guide and shape the lives of the youngsters in our care. Children in their first year at senior school, for many of which boarding is completely new, need nurturing and guidance during this stage of their lives. As teenagers they are experiencing emotional and physical as well as educational changes. For this reason, our Year 9 boarding houses are located in the heart of the school, with high staff to student ratios that creates a community where every child can feel completely at home.
House staff quickly get to know each individual as they are responsible for both the student’s academic and pastoral wellbeing.
The Year 9 Boarding Houses are Acacia (girls), Keen’s Elm (boys) and Millfield House (boys). These houses, along with the Year 9 Day House, Ivythorn, form a crescent around the central golf course, creating a Year 9 neighbourhood in the middle of the school from which the students can easily access everything on offer to them. The garden within Keen’s Elm provides Year 9s with a haven to relax and socialise.
All meals are served in the dining room (with the exception of some halal meals). Year 9 go to breakfast and supper with their Houses and their duty staff. Students can make their own snacks in House during break times and evenings.
timings for meals
Monday to Saturday
7.30 - 8am
11.30am - 1.30pm
Monday to Sunday
12.10 - 1.45pm daily
Monday to Sunday
“When it’s pizza for supper on Thursdays ”
Exciting weekend activities are arranged for boarders. Some are whole year group activities but we also have a number of relaxed weekends that are designed to be a lot of fun as well as providing some downtime.
WEEKENDS FOR DAY STUDENTS
There are whole year activities on some Sundays and day students are expected to attend these. We welcome day students to join the boarders for other weekends, although we ask that housemasters/housemistresses have sufficient notice so that food and transport can be arranged.
Just under a third of Year 9 are day students who are fully integrated into the school community and enjoy to the full all the opportunities Millfield has to offer.
The Day House opens at 8am for registration and a tutorial session with Group Tutors. Day students return home after lessons, games, MAP or whatever they may be involved in. Typically this will be at 5.15pm but students’ commitments will vary.
Students are welcome and encouraged to stay for supper with boarders and to make use of the silent working area for prep (homework). The Day House remains staffed and open until 7.30pm each weekday.
There are lessons on Saturday mornings, after which day students may leave, unless involved in sports fixtures/training in the afternoon.
There is a new students’ event, held in the summer term preceding the start of Year 9. Students visit the boarding house, meet housemasters/housemistresses and tour the school. Parents receive a talk from the housemasters/housemistresses outlining expectations and communications. It is also a good time to meet other families.
House Handbooks covering everything you need to know will be sent to parents and students in June prior to joining Millfield and house staff write a letter of welcome to new boarders.
Joining instructions will be sent from Admissions in the summer term with all relevant information.
ARRIVING AT SCHOOL
New boarders start a day before the rest of the school on a Sunday morning/afternoon. Day students will meet their housemaster/housemistress at the times issued in housemaster/housemistresses’ letters.
“Hanging out with my friends and having breakfast with all of them and going outside, makes me happiest .”
“When it’s pizza for supper on Thursdays”
Head of Year 9, Toby Sawrey-Cookson’s best 9 moments of the year.
“I’d repeat going to camp at the beginning of the year .”
musician of the year
year 9 bbq
weekend at go ape
house cross country
Head of Year 9, Toby Sawrey-Cookson
Head of Year 9,
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Boarders should inform their housemaster/housemistress of their travel requirements by Wednesday evening. Housemasters/housemistresses will organise all administration, including ticket requests, in conjunction with the Travel Office. All parents or guardians are required to confirm the exeat with housemasters/housemistresses.
END OF HALF TERM AND FULL TERM TRANSPORT
Coach services are available to four areas near or in London: Fleet Services, Old Deer Park, Richmond and Bayswater Road. Coaches are available to Bristol Temple Meads train station.
Coach, minibus or taxis to airports can be available according to demand. Fares are dependent on number of travellers.Deadlines for booking are provided to Houses. The majority of students are able to inform their housemaster/housemistress of their travel requests.
Students may generally visit the Travel Office at certain times for information but if they wish to make a booking they must have written authorisation from their housemaster/housemistress.
For further enquiries or to book a place, please contact Jane Dykes in the Transport Office on 01458 444351 or email email@example.com
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What happens in a week.
All students, irrespective of their religion, are encouraged to explore and develop their own faith, and learn from that of others, in an atmosphere of generosity and tolerance.
The chaplain is responsible for the ongoing liturgical and spiritual life of the community and is available to everyone. There are three services each week in The Sanctuary and a Choral Eucharist each term in Wells Cathedral. The Sanctuary is dedicated for use as a place of worship for all faiths. So, in addition to Christian services, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists have the opportunity to meet with local leaders of these faiths. Roman Catholic students attend Mass in Glastonbury and can be confirmed every other year. An Anglican Confirmation course runs every twelve months.
Through year group assemblies, quiet, contemplative activities and Soul Café (a lunchtime slot with visiting speakers), theological reflection is shared. The aim is to sow the seeds of tolerance, patience and generosity.
The clothing guide is part of the induction information provided by Admissions to new starters. There is an A or B uniform option for every day uniform, formal uniform and sports kit, that must be adhered to. Students are expected to be smart and tidy avoiding all extremes of dress.
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
A list of clothing and items will be included in induction information from Admissions.
Laundry is taken in once a week for cleaning by the school laundry service and is usually returned within 48 hours. Please ensure that your child has enough clothes, towels etc. to survive for about ten days. There are washing machines and tumble dryers in House. Routine laundry is included in fees but there is a charge for hand washing and dry cleaning.
PASTORAL CARE AND CONTACT
Each student has their own Group Tutor. Parents are encouraged to make contact with their child’s Group Tutor at any time in regard to their child’s progress. The assistant housemasters/ housemistresses then oversee any larger academic issues and meet weekly with the Head of Year and housemasters/housemistresses to monitor progress and discuss individuals.
All of these staff will play a large part in ensuring a student is happy and engaged in their day to day life. Students will also be able to contact the Chaplain and the Counsellor, both of whom are accessible every day. We encourage students to find an adult on campus with whom they will feel comfortable talking to.
Year 9 Prize Giving takes place during the summer term. This will be a chance for us to celebrate the year’s achievements and to recognize individuals who have achieved great things in Year 9. It is the expectation that no student will leave before the end of term, so that the whole Year 9 community can celebrate this day.
School policies are available to view and download from our school website.
The School Shop is near The Gatehouse. It offers a full and complete personal fitting out service for new students via an appointment service in the summer holidays. The Shop operates personal accounts for all students during term time. Students may purchase items from the Shop, add them to their account, or pay for them separately. All items purchased on accounts must have a signed “chit” from the student’s housemaster/ housemistress. The School Shop offers a comprehensive range of products for all boarding and day students. In addition to Millfield uniform and games kit, the shop stocks various types of leisurewear, footwear, toiletries, a large range of stationary items, greeting cards and gifts. Staff will endeavour to locate and/or obtain specialist items not found within the Shop.Contact the shop on +44(0)1458 444380
Parents are requested to initially arrange all travel requirements through the housemasters / housemistresses.
Millfield has a minibus service, running across seven routes, collecting from Bath, Frome, Castle Cary, Farrington, Wells, Highbridge, Wedmore, Taunton, Bridgwater, Yeovil and Langport. Our current advertised routes are flexible to cater for our students’ needs, so talk to us about using this service.Each minibus has a capacity for 12 passengers so early registration of interest is advised. Places are available on a first come basis and bookings are made in advance of each term.
Butleigh Road, Street Somerset BA16 0YD.
Tel: +44 (0)1458 442291