Millfield is committed to providing benefit to the public on a local, regional and national scale, with the main aim being to benefit children from a wide variety of backgrounds. The school does this by widening access through financial support, sharing facilities, resources and knowledge with local state schools, involvement in community projects, teacher development and offering life changing opportunities to disadvantaged children. The school also brings significant economic benefits. Last year Millfield’s contribution to the UK GDP was in the region of £73m (2017/18), with £38m contributing to Mendip’s GDP (equating to 2% GDP of the whole Mendip area). The school supports 1,800 jobs in the local area. £8m was saved to the UK taxpayer last year by pupils who are eligible for state education choosing to attend Millfield. These are some of the initiatives the school is involved in:
More Accessible – Scholarships and Bursaries
Scholarships and bursaries enable access to the school for talented pupils who would benefit from an education at Millfield, by offering fee discounts of up to 100%. Scholarships may be supplemented with means-tested bursaries, to uphold our powerful principle of diversity that is the Millfield Mix, making sure that those children who would best benefit from a world-class Millfield education and outstanding opportunities are able to do so, regardless of the financial circumstances of their parents. Every child matters, and at Millfield we are passionate in our goal to identify the potential in each individual and do everything we can to ensure their success..
In the year to 31 August 2018, the total value of scholarships and bursaries was £5.7 million. A total of 834 pupils (50% of all pupils) benefited in some way from these awards.
The Millfield Foundation is an independent charity set up to raise funds for the provision of scholarships to pupils at the school.
The Royal National Children's SpringBoard Foundation provides life-transforming opportunities for hundreds of children from disadvantaged backgrounds who would benefit from a boarding school education. Supported by a bursary from the school, 2018 leaver and Head Boy Yuriel Kpalobi came to Millfield in Lower Sixth from Gladesmore Community School in Tottenham, North London. He was featured on The One Show, where he discussed his home and school life and the opportunities SpringBoard and Millfield have offered him. This partnership with Millfield will continue to offer other children this life-changing opportunity in the future.
Boarding School Partnerships
Launched in September 2018, Millfield has welcomed this Department of Education scheme which seeks to place vulnerable young people, whom might otherwise eventually need to be taken into local authority care, into boarding schools, with the aim of transforming their lives and prospects.
Partnering with State School
Millfield is committed to developing partnerships with state schools, and has opened much of our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme up to teachers from other schools. Millfield Art Department and Lower Sixth BTEC pupils have been working collaboratively on a creative project with local junior school Elmhurst. Year 8 pupils from the nearby St Dunstan’s School were invited to a three-day creative workshop at Millfield with our Lower Sixth Art Scholars. Millfield also assists local state schools and colleges in the following:
Cyber Security and Lego learning festivals for local secondary school pupils.
Inviting schools to attend lectures, conferences and competitions.
Robot Workshop with High Ham and Kingsbury Episcopi Primary Schools.
Outreach Tennis courses held at local primary schools.
Hosting the Somerset UK Chess Challenge and UKMT Team Maths Challenge regional final.
Hosting work experience for trainee teachers and providing initial teacher training in association with Mid-Somerset Consortium.
Providing facilities for SAT test candidates for US university entrance.
Taking local children and teachers to Worley Hill for guided walks and conservation experience.
Hosting pupils from Durrington High School for an afternoon of sports activities.
Our half termly Tea and Dance performances are open to the public. A Community Dance Show was held in December 2017, featuring South West dance groups, and was attended by secondary schools, colleges and dance schools.
Our International Concert Series features renowned international musicians. This includes an outreach event involving a workshop for local primary school children.
Hosting a joint concert with the Singing Children of Africa at the Prep School to raise funds for Educate the Kids charity.
Providing workshops for a local junior school of drawing, printing and ceramics with two artists, which resulted in an exhibition in the Atkinson Gallery foyer.
Organising a writing competition for local schools through our Prep School.
This Sixth Form programme promotes altruism through service to others by volunteering, leading and participation. Millfield pupils have worked with local, national and international communities in the following activities:
Elmhurst Junior School
The EAGLES Christmas Production, involving Millfield, Elmhurst and St Dunstan’s pupils, was organised by the Drama, Media Studies and Music Departments, and involved green screen special effects and singing.
Our Music Department organised for the BTEC Music pupils to use Elmhurst as a case study for one of their BTEC assignments. Pupils formed a choir for the Christmas Production which culminated in solos by two Year 3 boys before an audience of 400 in Millfield's Meyer Theatre. Our Music pupils also assisted Elmhurst in preparing songs for Elmfest, their summer fete.
A big Art Project with Elmhurst took place in the summer term 2018 at Ham Hill, and there were workshops for 60 pupils in our Fine Art Centre.
Sixth Form pupils taught a variety of subjects in classes and lunchtime clubs, including Maths, English, Chinese, French, Italian and Sport.
St Dunstan's School
The EAGLES Christmas Production involved their Year 10 and 11 pupils in a successful multimedia Drama production.
Millfield pupils went into their classes for the state school’s Creative Writing project.
Around 30 of their pupils come to Millfield once a week for our Friday activities sessions.