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Amirah

Year 11 (joined Millfield Prep School in Year 7)

Millfield has allowed me to strive and grow, whether in the classroom or on the sports field. Its attitude to discovering my passions has seen me join as a young enthusiastic basketball player and helped me find paths in playing new sports that I have thrived in, such as athletics and netball. Millfield has helped me to compete in these at the highest level. More recently I have stepped up and pushed my personal boundaries further; leading house debates on current global topics. I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to thrive and discover my brilliance here.

Millfield has allowed me to strive and grow, whether in the classroom or on the sports field. 

The academic focus and drive enthused by the teachers has spurred me to excel and engage confidently in the classroom. I have been able to tackle my dyslexia head on. Millfield has helped enormously in negating any stigma and, more importantly, allowing me to flourish. Being asked to be a part of Made by Dyslexia’s Dyslexia Showcase, where I accompanied the Headmaster and represented the school in discussing dyslexia, was a highlight.I have been able to tackle my dyslexia head on and I have represented the school in the Dyslexia Showcase. 

Millfield’s facilities provide an opportunity to blossom in almost any activity, which has allowed me to take my passion for athletics to a place where I could hope to pursue it as a career. My goal is to earn a scholarship to an US university, to continue learning and training in great facilities and competing with the best athletes. In short, an Olympic Gold would suffice! Being on the sports field is where I thrive and am happiest. I really enjoy netball because of the feeling of pride you have as part of a team; captaining the U15 team to win the National Finals was a great experience. As well as that, I also enjoy the solo aspect of sports which led me to start athletics. I feel extremely privileged to be coached and mentored by ex-Olympian Alan Lurwell; the standard of support helps you to maximise your potential, and I managed to achieve a school record for my age in high jump, cheered on by friends and coaches.

It’s a full day, with early but rewarding starts! However, there is plenty of time to digest the busy schedule, study for my GCSEs and spend time with friends in my boarding house in the evenings. My Housemistress, Mrs Allen, has been extremely supportive and has taught me to make my own decisions and be independent, as well as always being available for a chat. I love that no matter where on the globe you are from, everyone feels part of the Millfield community.

It’s a full day, with early but rewarding starts! However, there is plenty of time to digest the busy schedule, study for my GCSEs and spend time with friends in my boarding house.

My goal is to earn a scholarship to an US university, to continue learning and training in great facilities and competing with the best athletes. In short, an Olympic Gold would suffice!

Amirah, Lower Sixth