The 400 metre athletics track offers world class training for all 20 athletics disciplines. The recently resurfaced level-two facility with 18 metre, 200 lux LED floodlights, enables Millfield to host regional and national schools’ championships, in addition to elite pole vault competitions.
Launched in early 2020, the Indoor Cricket and Golf Centres have 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.
The Indoor Riding Arena allows for riders to practice in daylight with diffused natural light and a modern LED system for night time riding. The 30,300 square foot space can be divided into two large training areas, allowing a greater number of riders to use the facility at once. The well-equipped equestrian facilities also include an outdoor arena and stabling for 53 horses.
Our 50m Olympic-size swimming pool built to FINA/AASA standards is the most impressive training facility of any school in the country.
The Sir Gareth Edwards Pitch is Millfield’s showcase rugby pitch, named after former rugby legend Gareth Edwards, who was part of the first team who played on the pitch.
The Wilson Cricket Pavilion is the perfect place to watch Millfield Cricket matches with outstanding views of Glastonbury Tor.
Our extensive and diverse facilities, along with our blend of specialist coaches and teacher-coaches enable us to provide a centralised programme of sport in training and competition. The Millfield Institute of Sport and Wellbeing supports pupils in everything from their athletic to emotional development. The Institute provides provision across nutrition, physiotherapy, performance analysis and strength and conditioning.
Facilities also include two halls for playing sports such as basketball and badminton, two indoor cricket net areas and a combination of outdoor grass and all weather nets, and two well-equipped dance studios with professional Harlequin sprung floors. There are 11 full sized football pitches and three training areas, three world class water based hockey AstroTurfs, six squash courts, a purpose-built Martial Arts Dojo for karate, two competitive trampolines, a climbing wall, three indoor tennis courts in our Tennis Centre and additional outdoor tennis courts. The purpose-built Fencing Salle contains ten training pistes, and golf facilities also include three putting greens (one artificial), a nine hole pitch n putt course, specialist short game area, a 350 yard long driving range and an indoor Huxley putting green.
Some sports require the use of specialist external facilities. For example, the ski racing team practices at Mendip Snowsport Centre, regular sailing takes place at Chew Valley Lake, and clay shooting is held at Mendip Shooting Ground, where pupils have access to skeet, DTL and UT facilities. Polo takes place at the picturesque site of Vaux Park, which offers state-of-the-art polo facilities, with both grass and all-weather pitches. Millfield also has its own polo pitch which is maintained at the Kingweston campus.
Housed in a stunning-purpose built department, the Music School at Millfield is one of the largest in the UK with world-class facilities, including a concert hall, recital foyer, over 30 dedicated teaching and practice rooms, two professional standard recording studios, four fully-integrated Mac teaching suites, a specialist percussion room and an outstanding collection of instruments, including a Steinway Model D Concert grand piano. The Johnson Hall is one of the finest concert halls in the South West of England; seating 350 and featuring a world-class Steinway Model D Concert Grand, it is an exceptional venue used for professional recordings and hosting the school’s vibrant concert calendar.
The Library was built in 1980 to an award-winning design and features a large, open plan space on three levels. The provision in the library is outstanding with over 23,000 texts, an extensive collection of multimedia and digital resources on Overdrive; an e-book library offering a range of texts to all year groups.
The Media Studio is fully equipped with industry-standard equipment, including a selection of Sony and Canon DSLR style cameras and two full media iMac suites with 12 computers, preloaded with industry-standard editing software such as Final Cut Pro. The studio also features a large green screen and is operated by a full-time Media Technician, on hand to answer technical questions and run training workshops.
The Meyer Theatre is a multi-functional entertainment space, which is mainly used as a 400-seat traditional proscenium arch theatre.
Our Product Design Department is a state-of-the-art facility, with the latest in 3D Printing, large scale CNC routers, industry standard Computer Aided Design software, metal work (including fabrication heat treatment) and wood work areas. The pupils have access to a wide range of manufacture techniques. The building also features purpose-built design studios and design foyer exhibition space.
The Science Department, comprised of the Biology & Psychology, Chemistry and Physics Departments, houses large, state of the art teaching laboratories in addition to a Science Lecture Theatre.
Our pupils live in 19 boarding houses set in 200 acres of Somerset countryside with separate houses allocated for boys and girls. The houses have excellent facilities including kitchens, common rooms, open-plan living areas and ample spaces for prep. Year 9 has separate boarding houses to Years 10 to Lower Sixth. Bedrooms are typically shared rooms, made up of two beds; in Upper Sixth pupils usually have single rooms. Houses are equipped with state-of-the-art Wi-Fi networks, with access to Skype and some social networks.
Our purpose-built, modern Dining Hall overlooks the Sir Gareth Edwards pitch. Included within this space is the new Sixth Form Café, with full barista bar, comfortable social seating areas and functional study spaces.
The Wellbeing Hub supports students with mental health challenges. We have four Counsellors, who are available Monday to Friday 9-5pm offering regular sessions. A member of the Pastoral team is also on had to provide support & guidance for those students who don’t yet have a counselling session. Upstairs the wellbeing common room is a safe space for students to come during lunch time, by arrangement, who may struggle with social aspects of the day, and a snug for those feeling overwhelmed or needing a quiet space.
A wellbeing herb garden sits at the back of the Wellness Hut that was created by students. The honeycombe-shaped raised bed is a tool for the school’s catering provider, Chartwells, to access fresh, locally-sourced, sustainable onsite produce and provides a peaceful location for students and staff to enjoy. Students maintain and plant the garden with herbs and wild flowers.
Millfield's Medical Centre, located at the heart of the campus between the main school area and the majority of the boarding houses, is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week during term time and treat students for a range of illnesses in exactly the same manner as any other surgery.
The school chapel is dedicated for use as a place of worship for all faiths.