From our 2-year-olds in Pre-Prep up to our 18-year-olds in the Sixth Form, we put pastoral care at the very heart of our school with an approach that involves all staff.

Whether boarding or day, all children at Millfield benefit from the warm, positive and caring atmosphere across the school.

For our Year 3's to Year 8's, our boarders describe their boarding houses as homes from home and all pupils are in vertical games houses for academic, sporting and musical competitions.

For our Year 9's and above the supportive environment in our boarding and day houses help to create a strong community spirit throughout the school.

In addition to physical health, the wellbeing of our children is at the heart of everything we do at Millfield, and our Medical Centre, counselling service, Chaplaincy and physiotherapists provide physical and emotional support to all who need it. Caring for the individual is vital to creating the positive environment that allows us all to flourish. The various forums that harness children's voices and views (e.g. house, year group and school councils) help to inform our pastoral care provision and empower the children to assert their views on the wellbeing and mental health support services we offer.

Housemasters/mistresses or Houseparents and group tutors are often the children's first port of call whenever they have a problem. They work together to support students through the challenges of childhood and teenage life, helping them develop their own strategies to negotiate the difficulties of growing up. The pastoral care offered by all members of the house team, together with that from sports coaches, instrumental teachers and academic tutors, is complemented by the formal teaching children receive.

Millfield School fully recognises its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in their care, and that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

This system is described in statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education (Sept 2021) and encompasses the following principles:

  • To protect children from harm 
  • To prevent impairment of children’s health and development
  • To ensure that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care thus enabling those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully
  • To treat the interests of our children as paramount
  • To consider at all times the best interests of the child