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. 

The Discover Brilliance Fund Telephone Campaign

From 23 August to 5 September 2021, a group of recent Millfield leavers called OMs and former parents, raising over £79,000 for the Discover Brilliance Fund for bursaries. A huge thank you to everyone who spoke to one of our callers and donated. They had a wonderful time finding out more about the school and hearing lots of stories. Please see some of our fantastic callers below.

Telephone Campaign Callers


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

On the 26 & 27 May, Giving Day bought together the whole Millfield community! Over 35 hours, we carried out lots of fun and exciting challenges (please see below!) 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! 

Giving Day Infographic


Take a look at all the Giving Day challenges that were completed to unlock donations!

Staff and students swam/ran/walked/rode/cycled 7000km - the distance to Dhrangadhra, where the first Millfield students came from - unlocking a donation of £7,000 by an OM from the 60s.

Staff, students and OMs raced to beat our Headmaster, Gavin Horgan's, 10k running time of 51 minutes and 9 seconds.

Students completed 100-themed challenges to unlock a donation for their House.

Netball v Basketball - the student basketball team got the most baskets and unlocked a donation of £200. 

Staff v Students – the student team won by the most rounds and unlocked a donation of £200.

Students painted a Millfield mural over 100 minutes to unlock a donation of £200.

Students danced a routine to symbolise the last 100 years on the Sir Gareth Edwards pitch to unlock a donation of £200.


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)