Millfield is a full boarding school with over 250 international students from 75 different countries, and a further 250 British students whose home is abroad, amongst its 1330 student body. Over 990 students board 7 days a week at school and the remainder are day students who live within commuting distance to the school. Every weekend, there will be on average at least 750 students at school, across the 19 boarding houses, so there are always plenty of friends to spend time with and take part in our extensive weekend boarding programme with, you will not be alone. 

Millfield Prep has between 60-70 international students from over 24 different countries with approximately a further 10 British or dual nationality students who also live abroad, amongst its 450 pupils. Around 130 pupils board in the five boarding houses.

Millfield has been an international school from its beginning. It was founded by Boss Meyer, arriving from India with six princes in 1935. Since its founding, the school’s philanthropic legacy has contributed to an Old Millfieldian global community which currently has over 22,000 members across the globe.

Millfield Boarding Numbers

Millfield is a full boarding school, students live at Millfield seven days a week, including weekends


At Millfield, boarders live together in houses, seven days a week, sharing all aspects of school life. This contributes to a rich, vibrant, understanding and respectful community. Millfield students only have one compulsory exeat per year, when all students have to leave the campus to return home for the weekend (Fri lunchtime to Sunday evening), to a guardian in the UK or arrange to stay with a friend. They can also arrange to visit family in the UK or friends on a weekend via their Housemaster/mistress and with parental permission, after their school commitments have finished on Saturday.

Millfield Prep offers flexi, weekly and full boarding, with the majority of boarders being full boarding. There are three compulsory exeats per year, two in the autumn term and one in the spring term, when all pupils have to leave the campus and either return home, to a guardian in the UK or arrange to stay with a friend.

Millfield's Global Reach

Millfield students are situated all over the world

Millfield Prep's Global Reach

Map of Millfield Prep International Data


The campuses are situated in the beautiful Somerset countryside, only 45 minutes from Bristol airport and 2 hours from London with good train links from local stations (Castle Cary is a short 20 minute car journey away). Millfield and Millfield Prep are a seven minute drive apart.

The Travel Office provides a coach, minibus or taxi transfer to London or regional airports, subject to demand. Both Millfield and Millfield Prep also provide a coach or minibus service to London (Bayswater Road car park). The Travel Office can  provide a coach/minibus service for students to Bristol Temple Meads and Castle Cary Train Stations.

End of term travel arrangements can be made through our onsite travel office and we have a list of recommended suppliers, see here


Millfield students socialising at international welcome event
Millfield prefects 2022-23
Millfield host annual invitational welcome event
Millfield football's visit to St George's park
Millfield Physics lesson
Students enjoying House Cross Country
Millfield Intermediate House Rugby
International Boarders induction BBQ
Jazz band at Millfield
Millfield horse rider practicing in Millfield's indoor arena

Settling in

International students at Millfield attend an international student welcome event at the start of the year to meet their Houseparents and peers. They also have the opportunity to join the International Students' Association, enjoying dinners, talks and events throughout the year, an opportunity to make new friends and share experiences. National holidays are celebrated by the whole school, with special menus in the dining hall and events for everyone to learn from and enjoy.

International pupils at Millfield Prep attend an international pupil welcome at the start of the year to help settle them in and make friends with individuals in a similar situation. They connect through the EAL (English as an additional language) department and enjoy a special induction day when they start to make friends and familiarise themselves with life in a British boarding school. 

Overseas Events

Millfield admissions teams attend international events and host overseas receptions all over the world, giving current and prospective parents, and former students from that country, the chance to meet with Millfield Headmaster Gavin Horgan, Head of Millfield Prep Dan Thornburn and Admissions staff. Millfield regularly visit:

  • Dubai

  • Europe

  • Kenya

  • India

  • Singapore

  • Thailand

  • Asia

Check our Millfield International Events calendar on this page for details of upcoming visits.

International student videos






The Bahamas

Overseas Payments

Millfield School has partnered with Flywire to streamline the fee payment process for our international students and parents. Flywire offers multiple payment options, excellent foreign exchange rates and allows you to pay from almost any country. They will ensure that your payment arrives safely and accurately.

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