Exposure to The Arts is essential if we are to provide a rounded education for our pupils. That’s why you’ll find that Art, Music, Drama and Dance play a vibrant part of school life at Millfield. Whether pupils decide to follow these as examination subjects or as extra-curricular activities, our aim is to extend their opportunities and experiences and help them to find ways of expressing themselves creatively.
Involvement in The Arts at Millfield not only adds to young people’s enjoyment of school but can help them develop both personal skills and a cultural appreciation that will enrich their adult lives.
Millfield has its very own art gallery and Sculpture Park on site which exhibit the work of distinguished British, European and international artists. Both are open to the public. The Atkinson Gallery is also home to the Millfield annual art competition and exhibition.
In addition to our own talented and enthusiastic teaching staff, we look for every opportunity to bring creative professionals into the school to work with our pupils, including sculptors, actors, directors and theatre managers. Outside of specialist music schools, our music department is one of the largest in the UK with seven full-time staff, 35 peripatetic teachers and offering around 500 music lessons a week.
Our ongoing commitment to The Arts means we have invested in state-of-the art facilities, including two dance studios, our 600-seat Meyer Theatre and our new Music School and Concert Hall, completed in 2006. These offer pupils exceptional spaces in which to develop their skills and take part in performances.
"Drama at Millfield altered me as an individual. It gave me confidence and it gave me drive; two qualities I believe to be essential in high achievement.”
Jenny, Millfield pupil