Academic Enrichment

Millfield Sixth Form pupils listen to an Academic Enrichment event
Millfield students in a science lab as part of the annual Biology and Psychology Symposium
Millfield teams from the Senior Debating Finals with Tessa Munt in the Johnson Hall in Street, Somerset
Millfield students perform in the annual Festival of Languages
Millfield Art students in an academic enrichment talk in the Atkinson Gallery

For Years 9 - 11, there is a vibrant range of enrichment activities offered by each department. These include the Maths Society, Science Club, Millfield Writers, the Year 10 Enterprise competition, Computer Programming Club, the Festival of Languages, the Year 11 Physics Challenge and the Debating Society. In addition, top academics from all age groups are invited to attend Eureka!, which meets fortnightly to follow an informal critical thinking programme.

In Sixth Form, pupils may complete a research project in the first weeks of their Lower Sixth year, designed to introduce them to research skills and to sources of information and opinion that they might not ordinarily encounter in the course of their studies. Sixth Formers then have the opportunity to work for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which allows pupils to develop a range of skills that will prepare them well for university life and to begin to explore a particular area of specialization.

Our Sixth Form enrichment programme consists of lectures and events hosted by academic departments and by the Academic Society. These are all designed to inspire curiosity and a spirit of enquiry by exposing pupils to material that is quite distinct from the taught curriculum.

Enrichment and trips
We support our pupils in a large number of external competitions, including Olympiads in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Linguistics and Informatics, the Intermediate and Senior Mathematics Challenges, the Millfield Maths Challenge, the Naval Engineering Challenge, the English Speaking Union Public Speaking competition, European Youth Parliament, Model United Nations, Bank of England Target 2.0, the Omnibus Translation Competition, and essay prizes offered by Oxford and Cambridge colleges. We also run a rich programme of trips to performances, exhibitions, lectures, and debates.

"Academic Extension is about giving students something different to do, such as tasks that really get them thinking and engaged in the lesson. Going beyond the syllabus is an important aspect of provision for academically able students."

Abi Pringle - Head of Academic Extension