Milton Abbey School

Dorset, United Kingdom

Location: Dorset, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 13 - 18 years

About Milton Abbey School

Milton Abbey School

Background Information

In a recent ISI inspection, Milton Abbey, a co-educational day and boarding school for ages 13-18 situated midway between Blandford and Dorchester, was judged as being ‘highly successful in achieving its aim to enable each pupil to achieve their academic potential’.  The report also praised the School’s ‘excellent’ teaching provision and highlighted its ‘carefully structured and broad curriculum’.  Milton Abbey is proud to offer the broadest range of vocational subjects in the independent sector, alongside GCSEs and A Levels.

Milton Abbey is committed to the individual and delivers an education that is meant to challenge, stretch and develop young men and women into leaders and assured adults who possess confidence without arrogance. Milton Abbey prides itself on its ability to deliver a bespoke education, tailoring each pupil’s education to make the most of their individual skills and talents so that they can achieve their potential both inside and outside the classroom.

At Milton Abbey’s heart is a philosophy of developing each and every girl and boy into fully rounded people academically, culturally, spiritually, and within a caring, supportive environment. We are an inclusive school, and are ambitious for every pupil. Success, in whatever form, is celebrated.

The School became fully co-educational from September 2012 and joined the Round Square group of schools in 2013. Current development projects include a new Centre for Countryside Management and Equine Studies and a new Art Centre and Gallery. All these exciting developments have been underpinned by Milton Abbey’s commitment to the pillars of Round Square IDEALS, namely international understanding, democracy, environmental awareness, adventure, leadership and service.

The School lies in a wooded valley and occupies the site of a former Benedictine Monastery, founded over 1000 years ago. The two remaining Monastery buildings, the Abbey (which is used as the School Chapel) and the Abbot’s Hall (which is the used as the School Dining Hall), around which a Georgian mansion was built in the late 18th Century, accommodate two houses.  Modern facilities on a par with much larger schools have been added including a Music School, Art School, classrooms and laboratories, an ICT centre, a fully stocked library, Technology workshops, a 370 seat theatre, a 25 metre indoor pool, recreation hall and full sized astro-turf. The school has stabling for up to eight horses, a pheasant shoot, an ambitious self-sufficiency market garden project, pigs, sheep and chickens.

The school is run by the Head, supported by the Senior Deputy Head, a teaching staff of 40 and has a capacity of 300 pupils. All staff appointed are expected to contribute to the boarding ethos of the school, supporting both the Deputy Head with pastoral work and the Deputy of Co-Curricular with a full and busy games programme. Candidates are encouraged clearly to celebrate their conventional, and unconventional, interests on their application.  Appointments will be made subject to a full DBS check and the receipt of satisfactory references.

For more information please see the school’s website:

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Address: Milton Abbey, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0BZ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1258 880484