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Why Millfield Prep School is the right fit for my Military family

We recognise that Military life can often cause upheaval for children and that a good, consistent and stable education is of vital importance to Military families.

With Millfield Prep having 130 full-time boarders, living at the school seven days a week, the school is always a hive of activity, with an exciting programme of weekend excursions and activities. We offer an outstanding education, unrivalled co-curricular programmes and a friendly, home-from-home environment.

The quality of the catering and boarding houses at Millfield Prep have been recognised by The Good Schools Guide as impressive, and with years of experience of caring for UK and international pupils, our school is popular with Military families.

Hear from some of our Military families, about why Millfield Prep School is the right fit for them.

With both my husband Chris and I serving in the Army, we found ourselves frequently relocating, meaning subsequent school changes and instability for our two children, Ciaran and Conor. We wanted more continuity of education and Millfield Prep was recommended to us by other military colleagues. Both of our boys have always stood out for their exceptional sporting prowess - rugby, hockey, football, running, in fact anything that involved speed, agility, and fitness, plus a good dose of determination and the will to win.

After an initial school visit, we were captivated by the amazing sports facilities and impressed by the confidence, enthusiasm, pride and genuine passion of everyone we met - teachers and pupils alike. We were shown around by a pupil whose father was also military and this child then became a mentor for my son in his early days at the school. Driving factors in us choosing Millfield Prep were the small class sizes, percentage of boarders to day pupils (as we wanted to know that our children would have friends to spend time with at weekends to do fun activities) and the hugely diverse nature of the school, with many international children from different ethnicities. We loved that our children would have an opportunity to experience Millfield Prep’s massive selection of wider activities, including music, drama, design and technology, chess, horse riding, trampolining and model making, to name just a few! The opportunities are simply superb and unrivalled.

Shortly after our children started at Millfield Prep, both Chris and I were deployed separately on operations to Afghanistan for 6 months each. This was a particularly stressful and emotional time for us all and the school were outstanding. Their support to both Conor and Ciaran, as well as whichever parent was not on operations, was superb and we are very grateful for this. Millfield Prep understood our challenges, particularly with limited communications from Afghanistan - Their welfare and pastoral care has been great.

-          Colonel Suzi Donoghue and Lieutenant Colonel Chris Donoghue

Myself and my husband were being posted to Scotland, where the school system is a year behind the English system. This would have meant that our son Dan would repeat a year of studies, then eventually move back to the English school system, where he would be a year behind his peers. We felt that this would be very detrimental to Dan’s progress and overall happiness at school, and we decided to find an English boarding school where he would thrive.

We needed a school which would provide excellent boarding facilities, with the option of transferring to attending as a day pupil if we moved back to the area. We also needed a school which would offer our son the support and help he would need with his dyslexia and offered bright pupils with additional educational needs the chance to flourish. We also hoped that the school would be suitable for our three younger children, all of whom are quite different characters and have different preferences when it comes to extra-curricular activities.

Our children loved boarding at Millfield Prep, especially our eldest children who chose to continue to board after myself and my husband moved back to the area. My eldest children who have now left the school still have strong friendships with people they met at Millfield Prep and, as young independent adults now in their mid-twenties, they both have very fond memories of the time they spent there.

-          Mrs Georgina and Lieutenant Commander T Crispin RN

Read more about our offering for Military families here.

Find out more about boarding life at Millfield Prep School by heading to our Boarding page, or read our blog from Director of Boarding Adam Stubbs, where he answers frequently asked questions about boarding.

To come and visit Millfield Prep at our next Open Day, arrange a personal visit for you and your family, or to ask any questions, email admissions@millfieldprep.com.