Three Millfield students represented Great Britain in the junior athletics team at the Manchester International in August.
Athletics is available to all students across the academic year. The Millfield Activity Programme (MAP) allows students to experience the sport and try all of the event areas on the programme. Older students, or those competing at a more advanced level, can select athletics as a full-time option. Younger students can participate in athletics alongside the game of the term in lunchtime sessions with the coaching team. Full-time athletes can compete in both indoor and outdoor competitions in spring and summer terms while all students can choose athletics in the summer term and represent the school in competitions both home and away.
During the Summer of 2020, Millfield’s Athletics Track benefited from significant investment in a state-of-the-art refurbishment that will allow the School to host higher level national competitions at its world-class facility in Street, Somerset. The upgraded track now includes a new world-class eight lane sprint straight, a six lane 400m track, an updated long jump pit and state-of-the-art pole vault area with double entry mat.
Coaches and students work together to develop a philosophy and set of guiding principles which athletics operates by:
Our athletics specialists train year round between five and six days per week, they are coached in the following areas:
One to one coaching
One to one coaching is available to those athletes who reach English Schools’ entry or national standards. Depending on the students performance level the following may be available if required:
Years 9 to 11
Three Millfield students represented Great Britain in the junior athletics team at the Manchester International in August.
Seventeen Millfield athletes have been selected to compete in the English Schools Athletics Association (ESAA) Championships next week.
Millfield’s annual House Athletics competition took place on Wednesday 5 May. The event has been a calendar highlight for many years and students proudly run, jump, or throw for their boarding cohort in hope to win the prestigious trophy.
Millfield Sixth Form hurdler Lucy-Jane Matthews from Salisbury broke celebrated British Olympian Sally Gunnell’s 36-year British age 17 100m hurdle record at the 2020 British Championships in Manchester.
Promising Millfield Lower Sixth hurdler Lucy-Jane Matthews from Wiltshire is on course for Olympic selection after being selected to compete in her first national event as part of the senior England team in the 60m hurdles at the Élan Indoor Athletics Meeting in Bratislava at the end of January.
At Millfield we cater for players of all abilities and ages. The squad provides both boys and girls teams with matches against other schools in the local area. The most able players play in the badminton squad and take part in the Somerset Schools Badminton league. The squad train three times a week under the tutelage of Badminton Coaches James Anderton and Karen Lloyd. In addition, county coach, James Elkin, comes to train the school’s top players once a week.
Recreational badminton is also available on Wednesdays and Saturdays for players just wishing to keep fit and have fun. Junior Badminton also runs in our MAP programme for those wanting to improve their game for squad consideration.
The Basketball programme at Millfield is available to all boys at the school as a games option for Years 9, 10, 11 and Sixth Form and as a MAP (Millfield Activity Programme) for girls. All the year groups compete in regional and national schools competitions. There are also two Open Shooting sessions run each week that are available to anyone who wants to come and shoot a basketball, including recreational players who just want to turn up and play.
Basketball players have access to the normal games programme (three sessions a week) plus additional shooting and individual coaching sessions with the Head Coach, Cameron Seeley. Players also have access to additional Strength and Conditioning sessions with elite coaches. Nutrition and Sports Psychology are also available to players on a one to one basis. We have strong links to the Regional set up and have several players involved in the South West programme which is the pathway to the National team squads. Some players also compete for Taunton Tigers in the England National leagues.
Chess is thriving at Millfield. It is available to all students as we run separate classes to cater for beginners and recreational players all the way up to those of international standard.
Millfield is the premier chess venue in the West of England, and as such Millfield students are able to play a whole host of tournaments and competitions onsite, as well as competing nationally and internationally.
Current and former students represented their countries at World and European Championships.
Students can apply for a Chess Scholarship at Millfield. Find out more here.
Clay Shooting is flourishing at Millfield, the squad being one of the foremost in the UK. All students are welcome to join regardless of their age or ability. Currently 35 students shoot at each session, whilst around 50 students shoot at some point during the year.
Under the guidance of our six coaches, students are able to develop their skills whilst having the opportunity to compete in numerous fixtures and competitions such as the English and Scottish Schools Nationals.
Coaching is held at Mendip Shooting Ground near Wells, where in addition to the extensive sporting layout students have access to skeet, DTL and UT facilities.
Millfield is one of the finest cricketing schools in the UK, known not only for our exceptional achievements but also for our ability to cater for students of all abilities. Seventeen teams are in active competition against schools across the region (13 boys and 4 girls). The U14 and U15As and Meyers XI fixture lists are largely made up of fixtures against counties, county academies and university teams.
The thriving girls’ programme has two squads (U15s and Senior) which includes numerous county fixtures and matches against Somerset, Wales, universities and MCC Ladies’ teams.
We have a highly qualified coaching team led by Mark Garaway (ECB Level IV Tutor/Assessor), the former England Assistant Coach and Performance Director of Irish Cricket.
Millfield students enjoy top class cricket facilities; there are numerous cricket squares, two indoor net areas and a combination of outdoor grass and all weather nets. The campus has several cricket pavilions including the stunning Wilson Pavilion. Our facilities incorporate cutting edge technology such as the permanent match analysis system on the Main Field, Merlyn bowling machines, Pitchvision Net System, Zepp Power Hitting sensors, SAQ Aerofloor for Fast bowlers as well as Stalker II Radar guns for registering ball velocities in our bowling, hitting and throwing programmes.
Millfield is delighted to have recently launched state of the art indoor Golf and Cricket Centres on campus, with both sites now in full operation. The new £2.6m Centres invested in world-leading technology, including through motion tracking and simulation software, placing Millfield at the forefront of school and university facilities for both sports. For Millfield Cricket, the new facility enables the sport to practise all the year round, at all times of day, to increase the already 370 strong programme (including 80 girls). The Centre features new PitchVision technology on three lanes, a state of the art 4G fielding area, three adaptable bowling and batting surfaces, as well as five nets and an expansive 22 metre run-up, as has already been used by professionals from Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.
We embark on a major overseas tour once every two years. Our most recent tour took 45 cricketers (2 boys’ squads and 1 girls’ squad) to Mumbai for a 15 match programme.
The twelve month Performance Programme integrates specialist technical, tactical and lifestyle coaching with sports science input from the Millfield Institute of Sport and Wellbeing team. The programme is individually tailored to optimise the performance of each player. There are presently 53 boys and girls who are county age group, county academy, regional and international cricketers on the programme.
It is not all about high performance, though, with over 350 boys and girls involved in cricket. There are Open and “Cricket Club sessions” run for cricketers of all ages and abilities throughout the week, and every pupil has the opportunity to be coached by our ECB Level III and Level IV coaches.
Cricketers at the school compete in a number of tournaments for different age groups, including the U14 County Cup, Lady Taverners Indoor and Outdoor tournaments, the National Schools T20 competition, National U17 Cup and both the Lord’s Taverners and T20 U15 competitions.
Millfield has performed consistently well over the years. In 2016 we became the first school ever to win three National titles in one season. Below are examples of some of our students' more recent achievements.
2018 – Winner of the U15 Girls National T20 Competition
2018 - Winners of the National Schools U18 T20 Competition
2018 - Winners of the U17 The Cricket Paper School Sport Cup
2016 - Winners of the U17 School Sport Cup
2016 - Winners of the National Schools U18 T20 Competition
2016 - Winners of the National Schools U15 T20 Competition
2015 - Winners of the U15 T20 National Cup
2014 - Runners Up of the U18 National Schools T20 Competition
2013 - Winners of the U15 National Lord's Taverners Competition
2012 - Winners of the National Schools U18 T20 Competition
Sam Young, Kasey Aldridge and Lewis Goldsworthy (all Somerset) signed professional contracts straight after leaving Millfield in 2019. The trio also starred for England U19’s in the recent ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa. Sam, Kasey and Lewis join graduates Tom Lace (Middlesex CCC), George Hankins (Gloucestershire), George Bartlett, James Hildreth, Max Waller (Somerset), Daniel Bell Drummond (Kent), Adam Wheater (Essex) and Tom Moores (Nottinghamshire) in the Professional Ranks ahead of the coming 2020 County Season. We have a number of current girls and boys who have been selected for County Academy and Emerging Player Programme programmes in 2019/20.
Millfield Cricket Centre hosts 1st Class Counties practices (Gloucestershire CCC and Somerset CCC), ECB Coach Education courses at Stage One and Level III and we also train our own students to assist with Lord Taverners “Super 1’s” Disability Cricket sessions and to coach within the local state schools and clubs. We hosted International Cricket for the first time in 2019 with England Women’s Test and ODI team taking on Australia A team and Ireland Women in a triangular Series. Millfield hosted the 32nd ECB David English Bunbury U15’s Cricket Festival in 2018. This is widely regarded as the best ever Bunbury festival.
February 05, 2021
Former England cricket spin-bowler, Peter Such, coached Millfield students during a day visit to the cricket centre.
Millfield cricketer Jess Hazell has been selected as part of Western Storm’s Regional Academy programme for the upcoming 2021 season.
Lower Sixth Jess is one of 14 cricketers who impressed at numerous trials held at prestigious cricket venues across the South West and Wales.
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has given his stamp of approval on Millfield’s new Indoor Cricket Centre after visiting the school to host a series of Q&A and masterclass sessions.
Building work is now completed on Millfield's state of the art indoor Golf and Cricket Centres on campus.
Millfield is teaming up with England Test Captain Joe Root and the “R66T Academy”, in an exclusive deal which will bring the world-class cricket programme to Somerset. The partnership creates the opportunity for young players from across the UK to attend the R66T academy coaches at the school’s facilities in Street, Somerset, for courses during the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays.
Students of all ages and abilities can take part in cross country. Four highly motivated and qualified staff ensure that the runners follow a flexible training regime. We are happy to vary our training to suit the individual, whether they are a top English Schools’ hopeful or a recreational athlete. We can train up to five times a week and students may select to attend sessions as ‘drop ins’ if they choose other main games.
We regard cross country as a team sport with around 20 dedicated boys and girls across the age groups, attending training sessions. We run regular hill sessions off campus, interval sessions throughout woodland, speed play, as well as steady long distance running. Our athletes can also choose to join core stability training sessions. From March we usually incorporate a weekly track session in preparation for the athletics season.
Last year 14 students across all ages qualified for the English Schools National Finals, one finishing 20th and another 23rd from the 350 strong field. Our boys also made the final at Sevenoaks in the ESAA XC Cup; the girls came second, posing out on first by just one point in 98! We were proud to win this in 2015. We attended a Gwent League fixture as well as many low key local school fixtures. For the first time, two girls teams attended the KHVIII relays in Coventry, finishing second and fifth from the 33 team entries from across the UK.
In recent years, our younger students have shown a great interest in steeple chase racing for the athletics season. Two students progressed from cross country to represent England at Home International last season.
Dance is an extremely popular main games option; we are lucky to have two well-equipped dance studios with brand new professional Harlequin sprung floors which enables us to offer over 30 classes throughout the week.
Classes are available in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Street Dancing, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. Ballet classes are offered to all abilities from Grade 5 to Grade 8. There is also opportunity to study the Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate Ballet vocational qualifications offered by the R.A.D, the I.S.T.D Intermediate Foundation Modern qualification and Grade 6 Tap. In other disciplines, lessons range from beginners to advance level. The wide choice of sessions ensure students of all standards are catered for.
Our six dance tutors offer a wide range of expertise to prepare students for exam work, taking junior and senior dance classes, and acting as choreographers for dance shows and school musicals. At the start of the year, auditions are held to form the school's senior and junior elite dance troupes: 'Bazique', 'Lavolta' and 'Veleta'. Students selected in an elite group will dance full time. These groups enable our very best dancers to experience a wide range of dance styles and develop skills in a variety of disciplines. Alongside these elite groups, dancers who wish to pursue a career in Dance can also apply to be a part of 'Aspire'. 'Aspire' caters for our gifted and talented dance students across all year groups, and dancers involved will have performance opportunities outside of school.
Millfield dancers and actors have begun a series of workshops and projects as part of the bespoke Curiosity programme for the spring term. Devised by Director of Dance and Drama, Rhian Fox, students will be working with one of the biggest dance companies in the UK, as well Royal Academy of Dramatic Art mentors.
Millfield dancers took part in the annual dance show, a favourite in the Millfield arts calendar.
As a result of the global pandemic, Millfield’s annual Showcase charity talent show in aid of the school’s three chosen charities was broadcast online to students and parents this month.
Millfield have been selected as one of a small number of pilot schools across the UK to offer the prestigious Rambert Grades.
Millfield Dance students performed their annual Dance Show to camera under challenging conditions in Millfield's Meyer Theatre.
Millfield’s Chief Coach, Danny Anholt (FBHS, BHS Chief Examiner, BE Accredited Trainer), Equestrian Sports Programme Manager Mel Wilder and their team of equestrian staff aim to offer the best combined equestrian and academic school environment in Britain.
Our Equestrian Centre is certified to train to Fellowship level in the British Horse Society "Where to Train" register and offers training for the British Horse Society Equine Excellence Pathway in Complete Horsemanship as part of the school curriculum.
We are also a BHS Approved Livery Yard and one of very few British schools with equestrian facilities on the campus.
Anyone can ride at Millfield. We have two levels of riders:
Full Time Riders – for students who have a horse at livery at the stables, or have a Millfield horse on half loan
Sessional Riders – for students who wish to take riding lessons throughout the term
Polo players at Millfield are lucky enough to represent one of the UK's leading polo teams here at Millfield. The School is one of only two institutions in the country to have its own polo field, based at Kingweston, with many past and present players featuring on both national and international teams; many students play for their country whilst still at Millfield. Millfield Polo has been hugely successful over the years, particularly at the Schools & Universities Polo Association National Championships Tournaments, which take place twice a year; one during the arena season and another during the summer season. Over the years, we have won the National Championship title over 18 times since the founding of the tournament, with Millfield competing as one of the first teams to play in the very first SUPA tournament.
Millfield Polo takes place at the picturesque site of Vaux Park, near to the school. Vaux Park offers state-of-the-art polo facilities, with both grass and all-weather pitches and a selection of experienced ponies available for players without their own at livery.
• Stabling for 53 horses combining accommodation in American style barns and traditional stables
• Indoor arena 44m x 64m
• Outdoor arena 50m x 70m
• 2 sets of BSJA standard show jumps and portable X-C jumps
• Cross-country schooling fences
• Off road canter track and access to gallops
• All-weather horse walker and round pen
• Resident yard staff
Upper Sixth Millfield leaver Caitlin Clancy has been selected for the National Dressage Youth Academy.
Millfield School in Somerset took first place in both the team and individual events at the prestigious National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships at Hickstead.
Millfield Polo player Jemima Heffron has won the presitigous Black Bears Black Ladies Diamond Polo tournament.
Millfield Year 11 student Tara Kay has begun a campaign towards national and international competition after being selected for the 2021 British Eventing Pony Development Squad.
Millfield has appointed accomplished event rider Mel Wilder as Equestrian Sports Programme Manager, beginning in September 2020. Mel will work with Millfield’s newly titled Chief Coach Danny Anholt, who has been the Director of Equestrian Sports at Millfield since 2000, to help evolve and develop a new approach for equestrian and education at Millfield School.
Millfield is proud to be the only school in the UK to offer training in all three fencing weapons to both sexes at the highest levels. Fencing is the fourth sport to have been given an Academy status at the school and is available to every student as a games option, irrespective of their age or skill, and offered as a sport option in Year 9.
Our six coaches provide all-round support, designed to help each student reach their potential. The purpose-built Fencing Salle contains ten training pistes each served with full electronic data recording equipment.
The Fencing Academy includes a comprehensive programme of squad sessions covering all weapons, timetabled lessons, personal competition plans and individual monitoring. We strive to provide both junior and senior pupils valuable competition experience, entering a number of home and abroad tournaments. These range from the Leon Paul Junior Series to World Cup and Grand Prix events.
Millfield has had over 70 students awarded international honours at all levels and last year won eight British Schools Team titles and retained the Overall Public Schools Championships Crown for a record eighth consecutive year.
Three Millfield students have been selected by British Fencing to represent Great Britain in the U17 European Cadets Circuit. Sabrina Jones (Lower Sixth), Haleena Callaghan and Maisie Everett (both Year 11) will travel to Heidenham, Germany and Belgrade, Serbia to compete later this month.
Millfield fencer Renee Nassozi Kiggundu has represented her home nation Uganda in the World Junior Fencing Championships.
A Millfield fencer and two coaches have been selected to take part in a year-long mentoring programme with The True Athlete Project (TAP), in partnership with British Fencing.
Millfield’s Football programme has a notable reputation as an academy-level development pathway. By emphasising development and personal growth, we aim to create technically gifted young players in a holistic, technical, professional environment, which includes physiotherapy, on-site nutritionist, specialist coaches with senior professional backgrounds and world-class facilities.
Catering for all levels
Football is the largest participation sport across both genders at Millfield with almost 400 players taking part. Opportunities are available for all, from recreational to higher ability groups, through a full House/intramural programme. Millfield uses a late specialisation model which allows students to participate in a multitude of other sports including athletics, hockey, swimming, rugby, cricket and netball. Our students are exposed to coaches and athletes who encourage improvement development and participation, with a matched challenge environment which allows students to mix with like-minded individuals.
The girls' football programme is led by a full-time coach, who is specifically dedicated to girls' football. The programme includes individual and team training sessions, athletic development, performance analysis, psychological support, fixtures in cup competitions and friendlies against academies.
Our excellent facilities (11 full sized pitches and three training areas) and team of 19 coaches and two UEFA A and three UEFA B licenced coaches, enable every student to maximise his or her skill and fulfil their potential. Players are monitored during the season and first team players in particular are given strict training guidelines.
We offer football from Year 9 through to Upper Sixth. The 1st XI train up to six days a week which includes playing one match. All other teams train at least three times per week and play one match. Players who wish to excel in football are nurtured from Year 9, and if they show promise are put into the performance programme, which includes specialised goal-keeping coaching, strength & conditioning sessions, one on one coaching in the form of PS sessions or rotation card, psychological, physiotherapy and performance analyst support. Players who do not fall into this bracket are provided with excellent coaching that ensures each session is fun and game orientated.
Students compete in an array of competitions and tournaments, interspersed with numerous friendly games. Alongside national fixtures Millfield also arranges a number of international tours, such as to Holland, Russia, Florida, South Africa and Barcelona.
In recent years, the programme has seen success taking home the Boodles ISFA National 2020 title, winning in extra time. Players from this group have been invited to trial with domestic professional clubs whilst others are taking up scholarship places in both the UK and USA. The School has also had female Millfield football players selected for the ISFA national team, as well as the Somerset County School Club and the Somerset FA Advanced Coaching Centre. Alumni and existing students are also part of WSL pathway clubs and the School’s girls’ programme is enjoying an increase in participation and standard of overall players. Notable alumni including England and Aston Villa Centre Half, Tyrone Mings, with others playing League 1 to the National League.
From Millfield to another establishment synonymous with sport, Upper Sixth Footballer Millie Quaintance will join Loughborough University in September to study Sports Science as an elite athlete in football and javelin combined.
Millfield football students were given the opportunity to take part in a live Q&A session with one of the sport’s best-known former managers and pundits, Ian Holloway.
For the last year and a half, OM Grace Rapp (2011-2013; Overleigh), has been living an hour outside of Paris and playing professional football for the French Féminine Division 1, with her team Stade de Reims. We asked Grace about her time at Millfield and what inspired her to pursue this goal.
Millfield offers all those who are on the Golf programme the opportunity to develop their golf whilst undertaking academic studies.
Millfield have two qualified PGA golf professionals, Karen Nicholls who is the Director of Golf and Stuart Wells, who is the Head Coach. Students on the Golf Programme are given a full and rounded golf education, covering all aspects of the game. The programme is open to all ages, abilities and experiences. Our onsite outdoor facilities are excellent and include two putting greens, a nine hole pitch n putt course, specialist short game area, a 350 yard long driving range and a new indoor centre, The John Graveney Golf Centre, named after Old Millfieldian John Graveney who had a long history with Millfield, includes an 81 sq. metre Huxley putting green, two teaching bays with opportunity to hit outdoors with shutter doors open and an additional 6 practice bays. In addition, golfers receive coaching using V1 video analysis to further assist their development and have the use of the GC Quad and SkyTrak to help with all club and ball data, including putting. The indoor centre is in close proximity to the other golfing facilities. Enhancing the already impressive facilities with the latest in technology, the new all year-round facilities include two teaching bays with the opportunity to hit balls from the inside to outside. The new Golf Centre allows the golf programme to expand group sessions, as 16 students will be able to use the facilities at the same time.
Karen Nicholls, Director of Golf added, “The new golf centre takes golf at Millfield to a new level. We already have great outdoor golf facilities on campus so having such a vast indoor area will further enhance these facilities and be fantastic for all golfers.”
Students are given the opportunity to play at Championship golf courses to which Millfield have association with – Burnham & Berrow, Yeovil and Enmore. All areas of the game are covered including competitions, course observation with analysis, technical training, sports psychology and golf fitness. Competitions include the National tournaments along with tournaments abroad. Regular medal competitions are held to help continue the development of all players.
Millfield Golf has an impressive record at international and school level tournaments; these include successes at the World Schools Challenge Champions 2009 and 2011; HMC winners 12 times in 16 years; ISGA Schools Knock-Out Champions in 2008, 2009 and 2011, runners-up in 2016, 2018 and 3rd in 2017, 2019; European Schools Team winners 2016 and 2017 and Girls European Schools Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and Boys European Schools Champion 2017.
Individual successes include: OM Sophie Keech England Schools U18 Champion 2011 and 2013, England Girls U18 Champion 2013, England Women's Champion 2015 and Silver Tee Award winner and gains full playing card for the Ladies European Tour 2020; OM Jamie Li England U18; OM Alfredo Curbishley-Esnaola England U16; OM Harry Butler represents Mars Hill winning three times; recent leaver Mimi Rhodes GB&I Junior Vagliano Trophy in 2017, won the Scottish U16 Trophy 2017, England U18 International, England European Girls Championships 2019, European Team Junior Solheim Cup 2019, The Justin Rose Junior Daily Telegraph champion 2019 and England Women’s International 2019; Emily Price U18 England team, Tom Peet Wales Boys U18, Harriet Lockley Wales Girls U16 / U18, Wales European Girls Championships 2019. Patience Rhodes GB&I Junior Vagliano Trophy 2019. OM Ben Taylor qualifies for the US PGA tour 2020, OM Ben Evans continues on the European Men’s Tour and OM Joanna Klatten on the US LPGA Tour.
Building work is now completed on Millfield's state of the art indoor Golf and Cricket Centres on campus.
Hockey at Millfield prides itself on a development philosophy and legacy created by Old Millfieldians, who have represented the school as Olympians. Hockey as a major school participation sport welcomes player of all abilities, giving every student the chance to excel and find their passion. Players train on either of our three water based FIH certified pitches and are coached by a team of three specialist coaches and 20 dedicated academic staff. Specialist hockey staff are highly experienced and qualified coaches within the England Hockey Player Pathway and club hockey setting.
Every individual may access a bespoke programme, whether a NAGs player or a talented multi-sport athlete. Specialised technical one-to-one coaching, athletic development sessions with our full-time strength and conditioning coaches and performance analysis monitoring all contribute to the weekly programme of a hockey player at Millfield.
Players can access two terms of hockey and if deemed the best exposure for the individual, they are able to play club hockey on a Saturday rather than a friendly school block fixture. The high performing players can play National League at clubs such as Team Bath Buccaneers HC, Clifton Robinson’s HC and ISCA HC giving them the opportunity to be challenged. Our cohort of players also have the opportunity to participate in club hockey at a senior or junior level for local community club Mid Somerset HC.
Touring is regarded as a vital component to a pupil’s player and personal development with long and short haul trips taking place on an annual basis.
The landscape of hockey in England has changed with the emphasis leaning towards club hockey for aspiring young players. With this in mind, we have worked hard to establish links with clubs in the West for which our players can access.
England Player Pathway
We value being a stakeholder in the England Player Pathway and form our schedule alongside the centralised programme constructed by England Hockey. We have players at every level of the pathway, whether it is the Academy Centre hosted at Millfield or the Elite Development Programme where current and recent OMs are involved.
Millfield produces a high standard of karate; every year students train towards achieving the level of black belt. We have two fully qualified coaches who are members of the British Traditional Karate Association, who teach students in a Wado-Ryu based style of karate. We hold both open and squad sessions, and aim to introduce and develop students of all ages and ability to the sport including those who may have had previous experience in other styles of martial arts.
Throughout the year there are opportunities for students to compete both in association and regional competitions where recent individuals and squads have gained top three finishes. The competitions are also an excellent opportunity for students from both the Prep and Senior School to compete as a unified squad to develop teamwork, determination and respect. For students who show excellent aptitude, there is the prospect of undertaking training with the English national squad, with the potential of squad selection by regional coaches. Students are also offered the chance to participate in specialised training courses and extended training camps during the year as another chance to develop their karate alongside world class instructors.
Karate is held in the purpose built Martial Arts Dojo which forms part of the Tennis Hall sports complex and classes are taught in an atmosphere of mutual respect between students and the instructors. The traditions of Japanese martial arts are practiced which create a great atmosphere for training. Students are trained in Kihon (basic techniques), Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring) and belt gradings usually occur every three months. In the last 5 years, there have been four students who have obtained a 1st or 2nd degree black belt which is a great achievement as a student typically needs three years of sustained training.
Chemistry teacher and Tutor in Charge of Karate, Tony Cheung, tells us why karate is important, not only from a health perspective, but as a means to improve discipline, focus and wellbeing.
Developed by the founder of the modern Olympic movement, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, and introduced in the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games, Modern Pentathlon is a unique and challenging sport for men and women.
The Millfield squad regularly enters athletes for regional and national competitions in biathle, biathlon, triathlon, tetrathlon and pentathlon. As a Pentathlon GB Academy, the affiliated club at the school has close links with the Talent Programme and Millfield athletes are regularly considered for international representation. Old Millfieldian pentathletes include former Olympian and Pentathlon GB Team Leader Dominic Mahoney and Irish Olympian and European Champion Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe.
Modern Pentathlon is available to all students as a games option and our team of dedicated and expert coaches works closely with each individual in working towards their sporting goals.
Millfield Netball encourages students of all ages and abilities to experience, enjoy and compete in netball. Eleven teams operate in total, so there are plenty of opportunities for players to compete against schools, colleges, clubs, universities and franchises.
Netball for Years 9-10 runs as a games option during the spring term, and they can access netball in the autumn term as a club; squad sessions are also available alongside strength and conditioning. Year 11 and Sixth Form girls can choose to play netball during both terms. Year 10 students can request to play netball for both terms if they are in the performance pathway.
We have a highly qualified coaching team led by Jenna Adamson (UKCC Level 3), the Current Welsh International Assistant Coach, Team Bath Coach and is an ‘A’ award umpire in the Elite Development Umpiring group with England netball.
Specialist Netball staff are highly experienced players and qualified coaches playing within the England Netball Superleague, International setting and Premier clubs.
Millfield has strong links with a number of Superleague franchises with athletes playing at U17, U19 and U21 NPL level and even at Superleague. Millfield is home to one of the Team Bath Academy Development Centres (ADC) which provides weekly court and strength and conditioning sessions for athletes aspiring to progress within the franchise. We also have students featuring in the England Netball Performance Pathway at County Academy.
High performance players are thoroughly supported along their journey in the Pathway through 1-1 coaching, strength and conditioning sessions, video analysis, psychological support and personal development plans. Sessions are skill based focusing on technical and tactical elements whilst also ensuring that students are developing in a nurturing and fun environment.
We embark on a major overseas tour once every two years. Our most recent tour took 23 Netballers to Barbados, an incredible opportunity to experience the Barbadian style of play. We played the U21’s National team as well as club teams which featured international athletes who played in the Netball world cup 2019.
Millfield frequently features at the South West Regional Schools Competition and has progressed to Nationals Schools on numerous occasions across three age groups. Millfield also play within the Independent Schools Netball Cup at both U19 and U15 age groups regularly reaching the finals.
Millfield student Sarah Bugeja has been selected into Switzerland Netball U17 long squad for the 2021-22 season.
Millfield’s Director of Netball, Jenna Adamson has become only the second coach in England to attain a Level 3 Netball Coaching Qualification alongside holding her A award in officiating.
Millfield netballer Sarah Long has been selected for the Isle of Man Under 21 squad for the Netball Europe Open Tournament in November.
Millfield runs a wealth of outdoor adventure activities, available to every student. Whilst helping to develop skills and fitness they also help build mental strength and determination. Unlike many sports these are activities for life. We develop a positive environment which ensures students come away with a sense of achievement, satisfaction, confidence, and a real love for 'The Great Outdoors’.
We have 21 members of staff who assist students looking to explore new areas of interest, or develop existing skill sets. Our coaches run programmes for:
Students can choose to take archery as a recreational option once or twice a week. The students are taught basic shooting technique and are introduced to target and field shooting styles. We have regular informal competitions amongst participating archers, and we hold half-term and end-of-term shoots at our range.
Our canoeists use venues in Dartmoor including the rivers Dart, Walkham and Tavy with reasonable water levels. We also manage trips to the Cardiff and Tryweryn White Water Centres. Canoeists also have an opportunity to try surfing and short sea trips off the Jurassic Coast.
Most caving trips have been to Swildon’s Hole with Year 9 students. Caving is a new experience for many of the students and this location provides an exciting novice trip. The cave is well decorated with stalactites and stalagmites, and there is a selection of sporting climbs, crawls and squeezes.
Regular training at the school, other indoor walls and outdoor venues such as Portland, Snowdonia and the Peak District enables our students to climb and gain associated skills from novice to experienced climber. Teams enter local schools and Independent Schools competitions.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
In 2018-19, 100 students completed their award across the various levels. The pressures of academic and other co-curricular programmes continues to deter all but the most committed to complete what is considered the leading youth development programme in the world.
Regular sailing takes place at Chew Valley Lake, 45 minutes from school. Our fleet of Fireflies and crew boats enable the pupils to compete in regular inter-school racing, BDSRA Regional and National events.
This annual event staged on Dartmoor, in mid-May, provides a challenging event for a team of six. Annually 2,400 young people navigate, via a designated series of Tors over 35, 45 or 55 mile routes including an overnight camp on the moor. Once trained and assessed as competent, students are remotely monitored, providing them with a real sense of ownership and their own capabilities.
Outdoor Adventure - Expeditions and Affiliations
Weekly trips within the South West are a feature of the term. Recent expeditions have visited Tanzania (Kilimanjaro), Morocco (Gold DofE), Tenerife (Silver DofE), Climbing in Calpe and Mountaineering in Switzerland.
Millfield is affiliated to the BCU, BMC, RYA and is a Directly Licensed Centre for the provision of DofE. Additionally, we are a “Friend of the British Exploring Society”.
Millfield School’s Outdoor Department has seen 108 students complete their Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh award qualifying expeditions in a safe environment during the first half of the 2020 Autumn Term, despite current COVID-19 restrictions in some regions.
Millfield is expanding its Year 9 programme with a specialised Outdoor Adventure module, featuring new exciting excursions, camps and international trips.
The main aim of Millfield Rugby is to develop individual players in an enjoyable and challenging environment. At least three teams compete in each age group so physically smaller players can develop without being overpowered by those who have had an early growth spurt. Players are monitored carefully, regardless of the team they play in.
Confidence is particularly important, and this is fostered by playing a '15 man game' at levels where everybody is able to contribute. Enjoyment and development are at the heart of Millfield Rugby. We enjoy winning and this is a part of our sport but not the main motivation for us.
We play regular fixtures between September and March. These fixtures include 15-a-side and sevens.
Rugby is offered to girls as a MAP (Millfield Activity Programme) option and as a summer games option.
Millfield’s Director of Rugby is ex-Bath and England player John Mallett. He is supported by a team of 18 coaches. In January 2019 Millfield appointed Mike Baxter (Bath and Scotland Sevens) as Assistant Director of Rugby.
There are a large number of Old Millfieldians who are playing and have played international rugby. Currently this includes Chris Robshaw, Harlequins and former Captain for England; England prop, Mako Vunipola; Jonathan Joseph, Bath and England; Huw Jones and Adam Hastings, Glasgow and Scotland; and Gareth Edwards of Wales and The British Lions who is an OM and our current Millfield Rugby president.
Millfield Rugby continues to provide an opportunity for elite rugby players to develop and uncover their potential. In close tandem with this pathway it is our desire to encourage and enhance an enjoyment and passion for the game of rugby union.
Millfield are the winners of the 2021 St Joseph’s Rugby Festival, claiming a record 7th title in the process. The school have been named the most successful team in the tournament’s history and their performance demonstrated their passion, strength and resilience.
Leading independent school Millfield takes the crown for producing the most England International rugby players, with 44 since 1949. Millfield has a notable reputation for producing outstanding international rugby players, with former pupils including Chris Robshaw, Jonathan Joseph and Mako Vunipola to name a few.
Millfield Rugby has a representative in every home nations’ squad for this year’s Guinness Six Nations rugby championships.
Millfield Upper Sixth students Sam Harrison and Ciaran Donoghue have attended the England U18 Development camp.
Millfield recent leavers and rugby stars Oliver Burrows and Dan John have signed contracts with Exeter Chiefs for the 2020-21 season.
Millfield’s Sailing programme works closely with the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and Chew Valley Lake to provide equipment and specialist coaching. The school’s fleet of Fireflies and crew boats enable students to compete in regular inter-school racing, BDSRA Regional and National events. Sailors at Millfield are able to get on the water twice a week, with students able to hire equipment or use their own boats. Students also utilise strength and conditioning training sessions with Millfield's expert coaches and sailing theory sessions on land, to better equip students once they are on the water.
Millfield sailors Maia Delin and Vanja Ramm-Ericson have qualified for the World Sailing Junior Championships in Germany.
Millfield Sixth Form sailing scholar Lucy Davis has begun a campaign towards Olympic selection after being called up to the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) GB pathway at just 16 years old.
We run two very successful ski teams; one male and one female. Consistent performances in National Schools’ Championships prove how Millfield ranks as one of the best schools for Ski instruction and development on the British Isles. Training and conditioning is tailored to each student, allowing them to improve at a pace and style that they enjoy.
Typically we spend the autumn term training and competing on artificial slopes. At the beginning of December we have our race camp in Tignes France, where the squad is trained by British Ski Academy coaches. This camp includes training Giant Slalom, Slalom and Freestyle, with races and competitions at the end of the week. The squad attends three competitions in the spring term; the British Schoolgirls and Schoolboys races in France and Switzerland, and the British Interschools Ski Challenge in France. Wherever possible, we also support racers who attend FIS and other ski races during school time.
In recent years we have won National Schools' Championships on the artificial slopes circuits and also British international schools' races in the Alps. Former student James Whitley (2011-2016; Joan's Kitchen) competed as part of Team GB in the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Boys and girls of all ages and ability are encouraged to play and enjoy squash, not just on a full time basis but also as a fitness and social activity. With six squash courts and a coaching team directed by Ian Thomas, students have the means to continually develop their technique and skill, while gaining experience in numerous fixtures and competitions.
Whilst members of the full time squad train six days a week, there are also regular sessions throughout the week for students of all abilities.
Many of our youngsters have represented England and other countries at Junior levels; Old Millfieldian Peter Creed is an eight time Welsh national men's champion. Our Old Millfieldians include Angus Gilliam, who broke into the top 70 in his second year of becoming a professional squash player, Peter Marshall, a former British and European Number 1 and World Number 2 professional squash player, Mohamed ElShorbagy, World Number 1 and Marwan ElShorbagy, World Number 3, who regularly return to Millfield to train.
The Millfield Swimming programme is designed for students from every year level of the school. Swimming training sessions are available for swimmers from county to international standard, with a dedicated programme for those who wish to swim recreationally.
Millfield is recognised as one of the top clubs in Great Britain. We have six full time coaches, led by Director of Swimming Euan Dale, who is supported by lead coaches Rachel Aldington, James Clarke and Matt Puddy along with athletic development lead Daniel Waddingham and development coach Keiran Smith. Millfield is equipped with the most impressive training facilities of any school in the country, with a 50m Olympic pool built to FINA/AASA standards. The pool also has full water polo facilities to European standards.
Millfield participates in a host of local, regional and national swimming competitions. We continually produce international, national and regional champions year on year. Along the way, swimmers learn lifelong skills such as effective time management, dedication and goal setting – all of which transfer to successful adult life.
The school produced 24 Olympians in its short history and has had a swimmer at every Olympic Games since 1968 including champions like Duncan Goodhew, Mark Foster and most recently the incredible James Guy.
Full-time swimmers usually operate in groups of 20. By maintaining groups of this size, the squad is able to facilitate an atmosphere of enjoyment and challenge offered through peer interaction. This, coupled with the highly individual attention offered by the coaches to each swimmer, creates a positive and productive training environment. Training sessions are offered six days per week, with individual training programmes tailored to the swimmer’s stage of development.
A record number of Millfield swimmers have been selected onto a variety of national talent pathways.
Current Millfield swimming duo and four Old Millfieldians, have been selected onto British Swimming’s World Class Programme (WCP) for the 2021-22 season.
Former Millfield horse rider turned swimmer Suzanna Hext is competing in her first Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Five Millfield swimmers have been selected to compete at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Rome next month.
Seventeen year old Millfield student Tamryn van Selm was part of the quartet who won gold at the European Championships over the weekend, securing Millfield’s first female senior international medal in over 20 years.
Millfield’s Tennis Academy is fully equipped to meet the demands of students of any age and ability. Recreational players have the chance to represent Millfield in regular games against local schools and to train up to three times a week during the Summer Term. Individual tuition from one of the school's LTA licensed coaches is available throughout the year.
As the leading co-educational tennis school in the country, Millfield Tennis Academy provides sport and academic education, Athletic Development training, individual lessons, sports science and tournament support. These are all included in the High Performance Programme, led by LTA coaches with a proven track record of players going on to be awarded scholarships in the US and playing professional tennis.
Millfield competes in various tournaments (LTA, ITF and ETA) and fixtures against other academies, counties, clubs and universities. We run summer camps for established junior players, aged 8 - 14, which are open to the public.
Trampolining at Millfield provides a challenging and enjoyable programme for beginners and experienced trampolinists. Senior students can choose it as a games option both recreationally and competitively. Juniors take part in addition to their games programme but the timetable allows for this.
Millfield has two competitive trampolines with 6mm x 6mm and a 6mm x 4mm beds. An overhead rig is available for learning somersaults and more complex skills. Trampolining has three coaches; one Level 4, one Level 2 and one Level 1.
We enter the National Schools Competition as individuals and teams where we achieve regular success. In the last five years we have won the U15 Boys Elite team national title, been runners up in the U15 Girls Novice team and third in the U19 Intermediate Girls. Last year, medals were won by both individuals and teams at the South West Schools competition. We also enter local trampolining club competitions.
Triathlon at Millfield offers a cutting edge programme for aspiring athletes. Each athlete has a bespoke programme tailored to their individual needs, with typically over 10 to 12 sessions per week. Full use is made of the superb swimming programme at Millfield with athletes regularly competing in swimming events alongside triathlon.
Run by British Triathlon Level 3 coach, Peter Guthrie and assisted by experienced triathletes and cyclists, Millfield is one of the only schools in the UK to have a full-time Triathlon Coach, Christian Brown. The affiliated club at the school enters students for the British Triathlon Super Series events, European and World qualifiers and local triathlon and British Cycling events where athletes are supported by school coaches.
Cyclists benefit from regular sessions on the Wattbike’s in the school gyms, all programmed specifically for each athlete’s needs. Athletes visit the Human Performance Lab at Bath University for Lactate Threshold testing to ensure that training is at optimum levels for improvement.
Athletes have the opportunity to go overseas for up to two training camps per year to focus on developing cycling, running and swimming in warm conditions in preparation for the season.
Millfield student Jen Sykes has been selected by British Cycling for the regional development squad in sprint cycling.
Millfield hosted its annual invitational shoot at the Mendip Shooting Ground, welcoming twelve schools for the day to compete in seven stands of varying difficulty.
Millfield Lower Sixth student Matthew Rees has won the British Formula 4 title.
Millfield squash player Amelie Haworth has become the Under 17 English Squash champion at the age of just 15.
A record number of Millfield swimmers have been selected onto a variety of national talent pathways.
Millfield student Sarah Bugeja has been selected into Switzerland Netball U17 long squad for the 2021-22 season.
Dedicating your life to sport at international level is no easy task, it takes grit, determination and having the right support network around you to succeed. It is essential to have a holistic approach to the individuals’ needs, offering a suitable balance between academic pursuits and sport.
Health and wellbeing are at the forefront of everyone’s minds as we navigate through a global pandemic; our diet has an important relationship with those two things. As an independent school nutritionist with catering provider Chartwells, and the very first to live on a school campus, Millfield’s nutritionist Niall Davison outlines the school’s unique ‘EatToExcel’ initiative and how he is helping students to make healthy choices now and in their lives after Millfield.
Millfield footballers recently took part in a professional development session with former Championship league management duo Lee Johnson and Jamie McAllister. In this video blog, watch the sessions and hear from Millfield's Director of Football, Darren Robinson, as well as former Championship manager Lee Johnson.
Now more than ever it is paramount to ensure that children are thriving, not only in their academic work but in their happiness and wellbeing.
At Millfield Prep School, our pupils’ welfare and happiness is at the heart of everything we do. We have a holistic approach to every child’s care, encompassing expertise from key members of the school community.