Careers and Higher Education

The Careers & Higher Education Department, now rebranded as the Futures Department, supports all senior students for guidance on post-Millfield pathways. 

The department consists of 2 full-time members of staff and 6 part-time members of staff. Full-time: Sarah Cassell, Head of Futures, and Jay Hicks-Keeley, Futures Office Manager.  Part-time: Mrs Ruth Landrigan, Deputy Head of Futures (Tutor in charge of Years 9-11 and Alternative Pathways); Mrs Linda Nixon (Tutor in charge of North American applications); Mrs Heather Jackson (Tutor in charge of SAT education); Ms Gabrielle Owen (SAT exams Coordinator); Ms Lily Noall (Tutor in charge of Oxbridge applications); Ms Jancis Weal (Tutor in charge of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary applications).

We use the UNIFROG careers and future pathways online platform for all Year 9-Upper 6th Form students. Here students can explore opportunities and prepare documentation for all future pathways and transitions.

We host many universities, colleges, training providers and employers each year for Millfield's annual Futures Fair in March as well as welcoming small group and individual institutions throughout the year. All students are encouraged to regularly engage in the in-house events hosted by Millfield as well as being encouraged to log-on to regular virtual events advertised on a weekly basis on UNIFROG, in the Library and on the school’s intranet.

All Lower Sixth students will attend 2 days off curriculum in January where they will have the opportunity to either attend a visit to a UK university, or a day of activities for USA & Canada applications or an Alternative Pathways activity day. They will all also attend the UCAS Convention in Exeter in March, where around 150 UK HE institutions, Military, Gap Year and Apprenticeship opportunities are represented. Also in March all Lower Sixth will attend the Futures Fair. Their academic year will culminate at the OM Futures Convention held at Millfield, where OMs from different industries will present their career stories.

Those looking to apply to Oxbridge are prepared for the specific requirements of Oxbridge entrance in small seminar groups, overseen by Miss Lily Noall, Head of Academic Culture. Those looking to apply to the USA & Canada are supported by Mrs Linda Nixon during MAP on Fridays and those specifically looking for Sports Scholarships in the USA will often also engage the services of private consultants and agencies. Those searching for apprenticeship, military or alternative local and global opportunities are supported by Mrs Ruth Landrigan.  Ms Sarah Cassell oversees the UK & EU applications.

We are also very fortunate to have the Cadets (CCF) office here at Millfield and those students wishing to apply to the military services can seek advice from the CCF as well as request interview practice for miliary applications.  We also engage the services of external careers provision from FutureSmart and Investin.

A full programme of tutoring is also given to students applying to prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT). The SAT is used for many USA applications and also for some EU and global applications such as; IE in Spain, Bocconi in Italy & NUS in Singapore. Millfield is one of only a few schools in the UK registered as a SAT Centre.

All Sixth Form students will be encouraged to attend one-one meetings with a designated member of the Futures Team as well as being regularly guided in their options by their Group Tutors and Houseparents.

Students in Sixth Form can arrange meetings with the Futures Team by contacting the Futures Office Manager on All students are very welcome to come to the Futures office at anytime to use the resources here or to simply work on applications in the quiet spaces offered in the centre. The Futures centre is situated above the Meyer Theatre on the 1st floor of the Maths block.


Futures Office Manager:

Futures Office Tel: +44 (0) 1458 444338

Book a 15 minute appointment directly with the Head of Futures