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Welcome to The Millfield Way, Millfield School's official podcast where students, teachers, coaches and members of our community share insights into their day-to-day lives, as well as the latest developments in education and child development at Millfield School and Millfield Prep in Somerset, UK. Listen on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Ask Alexa to play 'The Millfield Podcast'.
35 Episodes
In this episode of The Millfield Way, we talk with Millfield Prep's Deputy Head Pastoral, Director of Boarding, Director of Sport and School Chaplain about how they help to keep pupils at Millfield Prep School happy and healthy, and the importance of wellbeing.
In our next episode of The Millfield Way podcast we meet Director of Squash, Ian Thomas.Ian has been at Millfield for almost 25 years, becoming director of the sport after being a student here himself. Squash at Millfield is ever-popular among the student body with a large percentage of players picking up the sport when they arrive. Millfield Squash has achieved 36 national schools titles (18 girls and 18 boys) and many students continue squash at US universities alongside their studies.Millfield Squash has been the starting point for a number of international players including the El Shorbagy brothers, Mohamed who is ranked number one in the world, and Marwan who is currently number five.Learn more about Millfield Squash:
In this next episode of The Millfield Way podcast we meet Director of Hockey, Reggie Keates.Born and raised in South Africa, Reggie sustained playing both cricket and hockey at a high standard, playing in South Africa, Australia and then being invited to play in England. Whilst at Millfield he has achieved a degree in Geography and taught both Geography and Hockey before becoming director of the sport.Learn more about Hockey at Millfield here:
In this next episode of the Millfield Way podcast we talk to Director of Athletics Alan Richardson.Alan's journey to become Director of Athletics started with a passion for sport from a young age, originally football and then moving into Athletics. He started his teaching career being the only PE teacher in a private school and then made his way into coaching, with the pinnacle of his career coming when he coached representatives for each continent in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.With a undeniable passion for Athletics and a wealth of experience under his belt, Alan coaches Millfield student-athletes with ambitions of national stardom and beyond.Learn more about Millfield's Athletics programme on our website here.
In this latest episode of The Millfield Way Podcast, meet six of Millfield's Upper Sixth cohort who have received offers to study at some of the best universities in the world, including Oxford, Cambridge and universities in the US including University of Washington and Berklee. Emily, Jami, Yuka, Connor, Lily and Tom discuss the process of applying to Oxbridge and US universities while studying at Millfield, including working on personal statements and attending academic enrichment activities like lectures and seminars.  Also discussed are the processes involved with applying to US universities, particularly in relation to music and sport scholarship applications. Since recording the podcast, Yuka received an offer to study at prestigious US university MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).Learn more about Millfield's Higher Education and Careers Department here: learn about Millfield's Oxbridge process here:
In the latest episode of the Millfield Way podcast, we meet the new Captains of School Polly and Tom.Polly and Tom discuss their role as a ‘bridge between the students and teachers’, speak about their ability to make positive change fast as well as their relationship with Headmaster Gavin Horgan. They also give wise advice to the students returning onsite and how to look at the pandemic as a positive. We also learn more about Polly and Tom's Millfield journey, what they are studying and what's next for them after Millfield.Learn more about life as a Sixth Former on our website here:
In this latest episode of our ‘In Conversation With’ sport podcast series, we meet Millfield Director of Rugby John Mallett. Before heading up the rugby programme at Millfield, former Millfield rugby player John Mallett was part of the key time in rugby where the sport was beginning to turn professional. In this episode, John discusses his time playing for Bath and subsequently being called up for England, as well as meeting Nelson Mandela. He retired from rugby in 2003 and pursued a teaching career at Marlborough and Brighton College before moving on to lead the rugby programme at Millfield. 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.Rugby is offered to girls as a MAP (Millfield Activity Programme) option and as a summer games option.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.Learn more about Rugby at Millfield here:
In this latest ‘In Conversation with…’, meet Millfield’s Director of Netball Jenna Adamson. Jenna has led the Millfield Netball programme since 2017 and works with over 11 different teams. Millfield Netball has strong links with a number of Superleague franchises, with athletes playing at U17, U19 and U21 National Performance League level. Millfield is also home to one of the Team Bath academies, which provides weekly court and strength and conditioning sessions for athletes aspiring to progress within the franchise. Jenna has a wealth of national experience, having been a part of Welsh Netball’s senior management team as Assistant Coach, alongside her role at Millfield since November 2018.Netball at Millfield 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. 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.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. Our coaching team are highly qualified and experienced in both coaching and umpiring, which enables players at all levels to fulfil their potential. Sessions are skill based focusing on technical and tactical elements whilst also ensuring that students are developing in a nurturing and fun environment.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.  Learn more about Netball at Millfield here:
In this episode, we are joined by Head of Pre-Prep Mike Jory and Year 2 teacher Amy Denbee, who talk about the value of a Pre-Prep School education and the main differences of Pre-Prep Schools.Millfield Pre-Prep is based on the Millfield Prep campus, in 200 acres of beautiful Somerset countryside, and educated children from ages 2-7.
In this latest episode of the ‘…In Conversation With’ series on The Millfield Way Podcast, meet Millfield’s new Director of Football, Darren Robinson. Darren joined Millfield in September 2020 with a wealth of experience in Professional Football as a coach and coach developer across senior, academy pathway and grassroots football. He also possesses business acumen with the launch of his talent identification and football intelligence start up, iScout, which was created in 2016. Darren has over 10 years of experience in 1st team coaching and performance management, holding positions such as Head of Performance and Recruitment for Birmingham City FC and Head of Performance for Huddersfield Town, Hull City and Nottingham Forest, and has been involved in three Championship play offs in his career to date. His experience in pathway coaching began as Director of Football at Loughborough University in 1998, leading him to work with U20s at Derby County and helping academy players achieve seven Premier League debuts with the club. Darren also has experience working across sports, serving as the Lead Sport Psychologist for the Rugby Football League from 2002 to 2006, and he is also a GB age group athlete at Sprint and Ironman Distance. In the podcast, Darren discussed his approach to managing the largest participation sport for both boys and girls at Millfield, as well as his plans for the future, including growing independent schools’ contribution to youth development within the football pathway and continuing to cultivate links with professional clubs, international clubs and the local community. Millfield’s Football programme has a notable reputation as an academy level development pathway, with former students including England and Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings; many alumni now play and coach overseas in Scandinavia, Europe and United States. Learn more about Football at Millfield: 
In this latest episode of the ‘…In Conversation With’ series on The Millfield Way Podcast, meet Millfield’s seasoned Director of Swimming, former Millfield student and Olympian, Euan Dale. After joining Millfield from a small rural town in Scotland at 11 years old in 1997 with dyslexia, Euan thrived at Millfield and went on to study Accounting and Finance at Loughborough University, while also swimming full time. Euan is one of Millfield’s Olympians, after competing at the 2008 Olympic Games. He joined Millfield as an Assistant Coach in 2010, where he now gives those same opportunities to current swimmers at Millfield as Director of Swimming.The Millfield Swimming programme is designed for students from every year level of the school, and is recognised as one of the top clubs in Great Britain. The programme has six full time coaches and is equipped with the most impressive training facilities of any school in the country, with a 50m Olympic pool built to FINA/AASA 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.Millfield has 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, James Guy.Learn more about Swimming at Millfield:
In the first of The Millfield Way's podcast series 'In Conversation With...', Millfield Registrar James Postle speaks to Director of Cricket, Mark Garaway. Mark discusses his early playing career in the Isle of Wight, where he then went on to represent Hampshire in three first-class and two List-A matches between 1996 and 1997. Mark also played for the Marylebone Cricket Club in a single first-class match against a Pakistan A team.In February 2006 and at the age of 32, Mark was named as the new team analyst and assistant coach of England, ahead of the tour to India.Garaway is currently the Director of Cricket at Millfield School.  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.Learn more about Cricket at Millfield here:
In this episode of The Millfield Way Podcast, meet Year 10 boarding students Claire and Clara and Sixth Form boarders Lucy and Olivia as they discuss how they came to study at Millfield and their boarding experience so far. From academics, sport, music, making friends and weekend activities, the girls answer many of the most frequently asked questions about boarding life at Millfield, such as ‘What’s a typical day like in house?’, ‘How do you balance your sport alongside your academics’ and ‘What’s something you wish you knew before you started at Millfield?’Want to learn more about boarding at Millfield? Visit our website here to find out more:
In this episode, we chat to Millfield Prep Director of Boarding Carl Bingham, houseparent Menna Close and boarding pupils Eva, Alannam and Ale, who talk all about life as a boarder at Millfield Prep School and answer some frequently asked questions.
In this latest episode of The Millfield Way Podcast, we're joined by Assistant Head (Academic) Adam Gutteridge and a few members of our key academic staff to discuss the ways our teachers try to  bring real world issues into the classroom. At Millfield,  we’re very aware as educators that the world does not stop when a student steps into the classroom, and it is our duty to reflect what is happening in the modern world in our lessons. In this episode, you'll hear about Millfield's new ‘Brilliance’ curriculum, and how we adapt our lessons to reflect modern cultural events, such as the Black Lives Matter Movement, social justice, political populism and climate change. If you want to learn more about Millfield's academic programme, you can explore our website here:
In this episode of The Millfield Way Podcast, take a live tour through our Year 9 boarding houses, Millfield House, Keen’s Elm and Acacia, during an ordinary prep session in the houses. In a live outside-broadcast style format, Housemasters and Housemistresses will take you through the boarding houses, meeting students along the way to talk about their experience at Millfield so far. 00.0      – 10:00 – Introductions from Housemasters and Housemistresses including Mrs Moore (Acacia), Director of Year 9 Mr Sawrey Cookson (Keen’s Elm) and Miss Tait (Millfield) 10:00 – 15:00 - Live from Keen’s Elm 15:00 – 18:00 – Live from Acacia House18:00 – 20:00 - Live from Millfield House 20:00 – 25:00 – Live from Keen’s Elm25:00 – 32:00 – Live from Acacia House32:00 – 38:00 – Live from Millfield House38:00 – 45:00 – Live from Acacia House45:00 – End  - Q&A with Housemasters and Housemistresses
In this episode of The Millfield Way Podcast, meet some of our students as we join a typical night in some of our boarding houses. Hosted by Director of Admissions, James Postle, hear insights into life as a boarder at Millfield School in Year 10 to Upper Sixth with students who are currently boarding at Millfield. Follow the show notes to listen to specific parts of the podcast: 00.00 – 11.00 – Meet the Houseparents and Head of Middle School Mr Furlong11:00 – 20:00 – Hear from boys in Middle School (Year 10 and 11) in Joan’s Kitchen house 20:00 – 25:00 – Hear from girls in Middle School (Year 10 and 11) in Portway house25:00 – 35:00 - Meet the Houseparents (Sixth Form) 35:00 – 40:00 - Hear from girls in Sixth Form (Lower and Upper Sixth) in Warner house40:00 – 50:00 - Hear from boys in Sixth Form (Lower and Upper Sixth) in Walton house
Join Millfield's Registrar James Postle as he learns more about Millfield's Activity Programme with organiser Kevin Hawksworth and Head of Outdoor Education, Nick Mortley.This podcast features live Q&As with students and teachers during a selection of Millfield Activity Programmes (CCF, Cooking, Product Design and Learn to be a Squash Coach). Listen in on what life is like during a Friday afternoon at Millfield!Learn more about MAP at Millfield here. 
In this latest episode of the Millfield Way Podcast, Headmaster Gavin Horgan speaks with Deputy Head (Academic) Alex Haydon, Head of Sixth Form, Ed James, Head of Middle School, Rob Furlong and Liz Cox, who leads the BTEC courses at Millfield, about the latest information available as of November 2020 in relation to A level and GCSE exams in England.
In the last Webinar Wednesday of the series, the podcast welcomes Headmaster Gavin Horgan to discuss the covid-19 pandemic and Millfield's reaction to the global crisis.  “Millfield has accelerated about 3 years in the space of about 3 months as an organisation and so there are massive benefits. I’m very lucky because of the solution focused approach that everyone has taken.”
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