Tuesday this week was Somerset Day, which gave Millfield Prep and Pre-Prep pupils a great excuse to celebrate the amazing county that we live in
The Ultimate School Trip
Over 15,500 secondary school children from over 300 schools across the UK had the chance to travel to Australia, Iceland, Japan and Italy for free as part of a virtual school trip of a lifetime created by Millfield's Deputy Head Alexandra Haydon.
The Ultimate School Trip, which was open to students everywhere, saw registrations from schools in Guernsey, Northamptonshire, Kent, Greater Manchester, Wales and even Nepal and Hong Kong.
Mrs Haydon, who hosted the Australia and Iceland legs of the trip, said the virtual trips idea was to give secondary students across the country the chance to be a part of a globe-trotting experience that took them somewhere new, sparked their curiosity, made them think about sustainability and, importantly, provided a little escapism and inspiration during lockdown.
Millfield School worked with the local District and Parish Council in Street, Somerset, as well as The Salvation Army and local support centres on a number of initiatives to help the local community during the coronavirus outbreaks.
- We helped to develop several systems for the management and delivery of prescriptions and leaflets, as well as set up community support links and donated and distributed food parcels. Read more.
Students, staff and members of the Millfield community donated over 50 Christmas food hampers to vulnerable local families in the Street area. The joint initiative with Millfield’s food supplier Chartwells was aimed at ensuring everyone had a special meal on Christmas day. Read more.
Children at local schools in the Mendip area received over 50 coats this winter. The coats were donated by Millfield families and staff, and were laundered and prepared by the Laundry Department at the school.
- Millfield worked with Street Parish, Mendip District and County Councils in Somerset, as well as independent food supplier Chartwells, to help ensure over 1,000 Somerset children from five local schools who were eligible for free school meals and their families continued to have access to healthy, fresh food during school closures due to the coronavirus outbreak. As of July 2020, over 8,000 people had received over 40,000 main meals as a result of the initiative. Read more.
- The school’s laser cutters were used to make hundreds of personal protective equipment masks for council workers and local NHS staff. Over 700 visors were made and delivered to key workers in local care homes, funeral directors, police forces, NHS staff, Marie Curie Nurses and doctors all over the country, including here in Somerset, as well as London, Devon and Banbury. Read more. The school also donated gloves, hand wash, eye protectors/ glasses and hand towels to local NHS workers.
Millfield students raised a total of £10,000 for UK charities including the Somerset NHS Foundation, MIND UK, CALM and St Margaret's Hospice during the COVID-19 pandemic. The money was raised individually and through the school’s House programme by students taking part in fundraising events all over the world. Initiatives including making and selling PPE masks, baking cakes, taking part in a virtual Glastonbury Road Run, a 10p ‘keepie-uppie’ challenge and a sunflower-growing sweepstake, amongst many others. Read more.
- Over 100 volunteers from the Millfield community signed up to offer their assistance with the Street Community Support Group, which includes students, staff, parents and former students of the school.
- Millfield volunteers were also on the end of a phone contacting lonely local Somerset residents for 'befriending calls'.
- These volunteers delivered over 3,000 prescriptions to local towns and villages, and undertook over 100 shopping trips and deliveries.
25 volunteers of students, Old Millfieldians (former students), staff and parents sewed over 50 pairs of scrubs and laundry bags, which were sent to a local GP surgery and the entire staff of a care home near Taunton, as well as the rest going into the bank which distributes around the county. Read more.
A Millfield School teacher and student joined together to create a ‘Listening Archive’ that encapsulated stories from people on lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak all over the world, allowing future audiences to hear history first hand. Read more.
Millfield donated over 110 Easter eggs to local children over the Easter holiday, and has donated over £2500 worth of produce to the Salvation Army and other charities.
Millfield Upper Sixth student Sam used the stage management experience he learnt at Millfield to illuminate Glastonbury Tor on Thursday evenings after the national clap for carers. Read more.
Millfield teacher, former houseparent and Head of Football Terry Akhurst raised over £3,000 for NHS Charities Together by shaving his head.
- Millfield Prep Year 7 pupil Nancy undertook a reading challenge raising money for the NHS, raising over £500.
- Millfield students also set up their own support networks, including sending messages from 10 different countries to residents in four local care homes in Bridgwater, Keinton Mandeville, Glastonbury and Butleigh. Read more.
Former Millfield students are also helping to educate the public and create PPE for vital workers on the front line: OM and general practitioner Sarah Jarvis MBE has over 30 years’ experience in the NHS and has appeared on multiple news outlets including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and 5 News to offer a heath care professional’s insight into the virus, and OM, pilot and founder of Foldall Face Shields, Edward Chudleigh, has designed and created over 30,000 pieces of personal protective equipment which are now being used by members of the NHS. Read more.
Millfield is committed to providing benefit to the public on a local, regional and national scale, with the main aim being to benefit children from a wide variety of backgrounds. The school does this by widening access through financial support, sharing facilities, resources and knowledge with local state schools, involvement in community projects, teacher development and offering life changing opportunities to disadvantaged children. The school also brings significant economic benefits. Millfield’s contribution to the UK GDP was in the region of £76m (2018/19), with £38m contributing to Mendip’s GDP (equating to 2% GDP of the whole Mendip area). The school supports over 1,900 jobs in the local area. £6.6m was saved to the UK taxpayer last year by students who are eligible for state education choosing to attend Millfield. These are some of the initiatives the school is involved in:
More Accessible – Scholarships and Bursaries
Scholarships and bursaries enable access to the school for talented children who would benefit from an education at Millfield, by offering fee discounts of up to 100%. Scholarships may be supplemented with means-tested bursaries, to uphold our powerful principle of diversity that is the Millfield Mix, making sure that those children who would best benefit from a world-class Millfield education and outstanding opportunities are able to do so, regardless of the financial circumstances of their parents. Every child matters, and at Millfield we are passionate in our goal to identify the potential in each individual and do everything we can to ensure their success..
In the year to 31 August 2019, the total value of scholarships and bursaries was £6.7 million.
The Millfield Foundation is an independent charity set up to raise funds for the provision of scholarships for children at the school.
The Royal National Children's SpringBoard Foundation provides life-transforming opportunities for hundreds of children from disadvantaged backgrounds who would benefit from a boarding school education. Supported by a bursary from the school, 2018 leaver and Head Boy Yuriel Kpalobi came to Millfield in Lower Sixth from Gladesmore Community School in Tottenham, North London. He was featured on The One Show, where he discussed his home and school life and the opportunities SpringBoard and Millfield have offered him. This partnership with Millfield continues to offer other children this life-changing opportunity.
Boarding School Partnerships
Launched in September 2018, Millfield has welcomed this Department of Education scheme which seeks to place vulnerable young people, whom might otherwise eventually need to be taken into local authority care, into boarding schools, with the aim of transforming their lives and prospects.
Millfield aims to develop mutually beneficial partnerships in the community wherever possible. Our facilities are used extensively throughout the year by outside organisations and the local community. Overseas children promote an understanding of diverse cultures, producing an intangible benefit within the wider community and raising the knowledge of the UK abroad.
Partnering with State Schools
Millfield is committed to developing partnerships with state schools, and has opened much of our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme up to teachers from other schools. Millfield Art Department and Lower Sixth BTEC students have been working collaboratively on a creative project with local junior school Elmhurst. A drawing workshop was also held for 85 children in Year 6 at Elmhurst; supported by Millfield Lower Sixth, the year group produced a selection of drawings from the large-scale outdoor Otherworldly Sculpture Exhibition. Year 8 pupils from the nearby St Dunstan’s School were invited to a three-day creative workshop at Millfield with our Lower Sixth Art Scholars. Millfield also assists local state schools and colleges in the following:
- Cyber Security and Lego learning festivals for local secondary school students.
- Inviting schools to attend lectures, conferences and competitions.
- Robot Workshop with High Ham and Kingsbury Episcopi Primary Schools.
- Science workshops and shows included a Nitrogen Show for Year 6 at Elmhurst School and an Engineering Day with Year 2 at Bowlish Infant School.
- Outreach Tennis courses held at local primary schools.
- Hosting the Somerset UK Chess Challenge and UKMT Team Maths Challenge regional final.
- Hosting work experience for trainee teachers and providing initial teacher training in association with Mid-Somerset Consortium.
- Providing facilities for SAT test candidates for US university entrance.
- Five local schools, including Crispin, St Dunstan's and Kings of Wessex, were invited to the World Leading Schools Association Conference, hosted by Millfield, to hear speakers from four of the top US universities talk.
- Taking local children and teachers to Worley Hill for guided walks and conservation experience.
- Hosting students from Durrington High School for an afternoon of sports activities.
- As well as supporting one local and one national charity and Lalibela High School in Ethiopia each year, Millfield fundraises for many other charities, annually raising an average of £15k+.
- The whole school came together in June 2018 to celebrate the 30th annual Mencap Day with over 800 guests.
- Thirty staff from Millfield help out at Street Harvest to provide food for homeless people in the local area. A smaller group help with other activities to serve the community, and a working party are assisting with the Festival of Street in May 2019.
- The Leo Club met weekly to plan events and get involved in community projects. They organised and hosted several Care Home Christmas and Summer Parties, and visited Avalon Special School in Street twice a term to host various activities. They raised money for Avalon School Hydrotherapy Pool appeal and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
- BTEC Enterprise & Entrepreneurship students raised over £500 for various charities through events.
- Local care home residents visit Millfield Prep each Wednesday to watch sports matches and enjoy match teas.
- Donations to local charities through the Millfield Educational Trust.
- More than 455 students and staff participated in the Glastonbury Road Run for charity.
- Managing nature and wildlife reserves, providing public access to land managed for conservation purposes.
- Loaning equipment and provision of facilities free of charge to local charities.
- Students run activities at Cheddar Vale Gateway Club and provide local children with special needs with a unique educational experience through the Greatwood Charity.
- Staff and students took part in conservation efforts at a game reserve in India and a family-owned coffee plantation in Costa Rica.
- The Glastonbury & Street Lions Club run a sponsored swim event at Millfield School swimming pool, in which schools enter teams to raise money for a local charity.
- In a Tough Mudder event, Millfield Prep pupils raised more than £1,600 for the Special Boat Service charity.
- Pre-Prep pupils raised more than £700 for the Canine Partners ‘Dogs for the Disabled’ programme.
Promoting the Value of Sport to the Community
- Hosting, organising and providing facilities for clubs, schools and representative organisations, including swimming, athletics, hockey, netball, cricket, tennis, basketball, golf, football and fencing, as well as running lifeguard training courses.
- Hosting rugby courses and events such as the Mendip Cross Country League events, the English Schools Cup and the British Equestrian horse trials.
- Millfield Tennis coaches have hosted workshops to share high-level coaching information with county club members and coaches from Somerset.
- Multi-activity courses are available at a subsidised rate for local children during school holidays.
- Millfield grounds staff teach at the Institute of Groundsmanship to assist in the development of better playing surfaces.
- Organising sports days for local schools.
- Millfield Enterprises offer 13 summer holiday sport and activity courses for children.
- Millfield host the annual Somerset School Games, run by SASP; more than 60 state primary schools and 25 state secondary schools attend.
Promoting the Value of Drama, Music and the Arts to the Community
- Annually, 8 Dance shows and performances, 19 Drama productions and 50+ Music concerts and events are open to the public.
- The Atkinson Gallery exhibits four public exhibitions and private views annually. Regular visiting groups include Elmhurst, Strode College, St Benedict's Primary School, Bowlish Infant School, Crispin School, Avalon School and the Friends of the RWA.
- Our sculpture park is open to visitors all year round.
- Our half termly Tea and Dance performances are open to the public. A Community Dance Show was held in December 2017, featuring South West dance groups, and was attended by secondary schools, colleges and dance schools.
- A choral society is open to members of the local community free of charge, with weekly rehearsals run by our staff and two annual concerts, including a charitable joint performance with our school choir and orchestra to 800 people at Wells. This raised over £2,500 in 2018.
- Our International Concert Series features renowned international musicians. This includes an outreach event involving a workshop for local primary school children.
- Hosting a joint concert with the Singing Children of Africa at the Prep School to raise funds for Educate the Kids charity.
- Providing workshops for a local junior school of drawing, printing and ceramics with two artists, which resulted in an exhibition in the Atkinson Gallery foyer.
- Sponsorship of events at the Wells Festival of Literature.
- Organising a writing competition for local schools through our Prep School.
This Sixth Form programme promotes altruism through service to others by volunteering, leading and participation. Millfield students have worked with local, national and international communities in the following activities:
Elmhurst Junior School
- The EAGLES Christmas Production, involving Millfield, Elmhurst and St Dunstan’s students was organised by the Drama, Media Studies and Music Departments, and involved green screen special effects and singing.
- Our Music Department organised for the BTEC Music students to use Elmhurst as a case study for one of their BTEC assignments. Students formed a choir for the Christmas Production which culminated in solos by two Year 3 boys before an audience of 400 in Millfield's Meyer Theatre. Our Music students also assisted Elmhurst in preparing songs for Elmfest, their summer fete.
- A big Art Project with Elmhurst took place in the summer term 2018 at Ham Hill, and there were workshops for 60 students in our Fine Art Centre.
- Sixth Form students taught a variety of subjects in classes and lunchtime clubs, including Maths, English, Chinese, French, Italian and Sport.
St Dunstan's School
- The EAGLES Christmas Production involved their Year 10 and 11 students in a successful multimedia Drama production.
- Millfield students went into their classes for the state school’s Creative Writing project.
- Around 30 of their students come to Millfield once a week for our Friday activities sessions.
- About 60 students attended the Millfield Careers Day, which had 20 universities, employers, gap year and apprenticeship companies attending.
Happy Landings Animal Sanctuary
As a local environment initiative, eight students spent a minimum of four hours a week gardening, improving areas, buildings and the car park. In 2018-19, students took part in similar activities at Heaven’s Gate National Animal Welfare Trust in Langport.
Southlawns Care Home
Students visit regularly, helping to make presents for residents’ families, keeping them company, playing cards and doing Sudoku and crosswords. The residents were also invited to our EAGLES Christmas Production and two Christmas events at Millfield, which included transport, cakes, choral singing and Christmas carols.
Red Brick Building Community Centre
We held a charity open mic event and discussed how best to market Red Brick through student-led blogs and websites. We are developing plans with Glastonbury FM and BBC Somerset to engage young people in local community radio, with the first live broadcast scheduled in January 2019. This will take place alongside a new community project, a Dementia Friends/Street Alliance, with over 30 students signed up.
South West Volunteers
Last year 67 students signed up to volunteer as stewards at a series of events throughout Somerset and Bristol. These included Iron Man 2017, Wells Food Festival, clearing Richard Huish woods for a scout camp and local cider orchards to plant new trees. In 2018-19, a further 62 Lower Sixth signed up to volunteer. Last year Wells Food Festival had 13 Millfield volunteers, this year they had 32!
Millfield Lower Sixth student Tom Williams has been supporting his local community by volunteering at a local vaccination centre.
Millfield student Oliver Wood and his family have been supporting their local community in New Delhi throughout lockdown, teaching rugby, American football, English and delivering goods.