Discover Brilliance Fund

Looking ahead to Millfield’s 100th anniversary in 2035, we have set an ambitious target of raising £100 million for the Discover Brilliance Fund. 

Boss Meyer founded Millfield in 1935, with a clear vision to provide support to students with limited financial means. The Discover Brilliance Fund will enable us to significantly increase opportunities for children to attend Millfield. Our aim is to be able to support 100 fully funded boarders.

A Millfield education is transformational. Children that attend the school routinely reach the highest levels in academia, sport, music, creative arts – wherever their passion lies, they can discover their brilliance. Such an opportunity will significantly enhance their life chances, future options and life-long outcomes. We already offer means-tested financial support to students from a wide range of backgrounds and the Discover Brilliance Fund will secure the future of Boss Meyer’s vision to support students with limited financial means.

Giving Day 2022


We are delighted to announce that Giving Day will be happening again this year on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 May! Last year Giving Day brought together the whole Millfield community over 35 hours where we carried out lots of fun and exciting challenges to raise money for the Discover Brilliance Fund. On the day we raised over £150,000 through your generous donations. This year we want to make Giving Day bigger and better, and we have set an ambitious target to reach 700 donors over the 35 hours. We need all of the Millfield community to get involved to help us achieve that goal. We can't wait to â€‹bring together the entire Millfield community once again and help raise the funds needed to discover and inspire brilliance for generations to come. 

We are also hosting the Millfield Brilliance Dinner to celebrate the end of Giving Day, as well as OM of the Year and Sports Personality of the Year Awards. To find out more and to book your tickets, please click here.

The Discover Brilliance Fund Telephone Campaign

From 23 August to 5 September 2021, we raised over £79,000 for bursaries. A huge thank you to everyone who donated, your generosity will help continue to grow our talented Millfield Mix!

Telephone Campaign Callers

Over £150,000 raised by Millfield's first-ever Giving Day for the Discover Brilliance Fund

On the 26 & 27 May 2021, Giving Day brought together the whole Millfield community! Over 35 hours, we carried out lots of fun and exciting challenges to raise money for the Discover Brilliance Fund. 

Thank you so much to our 78 Ambassadors and 625 donors for supporting Millfield and making the Giving Day such a success! Please see our 2021 Giving Day Donors here.

Hear from our Giving Day Ambassadors

Giving Day Ambassadors

Jonathan Joseph

Tyrone Mings

DB Students Millfield House

“I am acutely aware of the possibilities of what we can achieve as a collective, how many lives we could transform, and how we can do this by working together.” 

Gavin Horgan, Millfield Headmaster

Discover Brilliance Brochure

Please see our new brochure with stories from students and OMs who have benefitted from bursary support.

“If you could pay for one other one, half another one or 10 other children, it will suit me very well indeed.”

Boss Meyer speaking in BBC documentary, ‘At A Time Like This’, 1968 


Joanna Fletcher

“Without a bursary at Millfield, I may never have had the same opportunities and support system around me to nurture my talent and passion. It changed my life forever and opened doors on many levels.”

Joanna Ladipo née Fletcher (1991-1995; Portway)


Ewan Richards2

“To anyone who is considering donating to the Discover Brilliance Fund, all I would say is that your donations really give people like myself the chance to experience such an amazing school and gives them the possibility to do what they love in life and succeed.”

Ewan Richards (2018-2020; Mill)