Former Headmaster, Peter Johnson (1998-2008), has published his first novel ‘It’s Cold at the End of the Bed’

Former Headmaster, Peter Johnson (1998-2008), has published his first novel ‘It’s Cold at the End of the Bed’.  

The story follows two young individuals, Sam Martin, the best in school at sport, and Charlie Woods, its brightest academic prospect, who go head-to-head in a sport challenge that neither of them will ever forget!  

After leaving school they go their separate ways. Charlie achieves her goal of gaining a place to read engineering at Imperial College London and Sam fulfils his dream of winning a professional rugby contract but struggles with the physical and mental pressures inherent in playing sport for a living. A story of loss, love, frustrated ambitions and shattered hopes unfolds as they strive to overcome their emotional and physical challenges. 

The novel explores the continuous demands within professional sport and how both mental health and head injuries are currently under critical observation. 

Peter says, “I loved my sport, but would I have wanted it to be my job? A question I asked myself at Millfield where I observed at first hand the dedication of outstanding students whose dream was to play professional sport. Sam’s cautionary story reminds us that full time sport, in his case rugby, is a tough way to make a living even for the supremely talented.” 

Peter is a trustee of the Millfield Foundation which is involved in a campaign to raise funds for life-changing scholarships (academic, music, art and sport) to enable young people to come to the school who need financial support. A proportion from the sales of the book will go to the Johnson Scholarship Fund. 

It is available as a paperback from local and national bookshops, and can be ordered online from Waterstones, WH Smith and Amazon. It is also available as an eBook from Apple and Amazon. 

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Millfield musicians perform in Music at Millfield concert in the Johnson Hall

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Millfield welcome new school nutritionist Adam Sutton

Millfield have welcomed a new school nutritionist, Adam Sutton.  

Adam will be working for the school’s catering provider, Chartwells, ensuring that food provision is meeting student’s diverse requirements and creating a positive experience in the dining hall.

Millfield sixth form students achieve highly in SAT exams for US university applications

Millfield students have scored highly in the spring American University application SAT exams. 

The exams, which were held at Millfield in March, test students on their aptitude in reading, writing and mathematics, and are an essential component of admissions evaluation for competitive places at top universities in the United States.