Milton Abbey School, Blandford Forum, Dorset, UK

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Milton Abbey school is an independent co-educational day and boarding school for ages 13-18
in the village of Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum in Dorset, in South West England. It has about  250 pupils, in five houses: Athelstan, Damer, Hambro, Hodgkinson and Tregonwell.

This leading UK boarding school is proud to offer the broadest range of vocational subjects in the independent sector, alongside GCSEs and A Levels.

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7 days boarding: 

GBP 17,500 per term

About the school

The school was founded in 1954.

The school has a rural campus, with facilities that include a gym, swimming pool, shooting range, golf course, a 320-seat theatre, art department and design block, an astro turf hockey pitch, an outward bound area, a 15th-century dining hall, an Abbey chapel that can be traced back to the 10th century and grounds designed by Lancelot „Capability” Brown. The main house, which was built by Joseph Damer, 1st Earl of Dorchester from 1780 onwards, houses the administrative hub of the Estate, classrooms, the Senior Common Room, the King’s Room and all the boys’ boarding houses. The girls’ house, Hodgkinson, can be found at the back quad.


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Academic life

Most pupils join the School at 13+ in the Third Form/Year 9, having passed Common Entrance exams in the Summer Term before entry.  Level 1 papers at Common Entrance are accepted but pupils may be asked to come for a pre-assessment during Year 8.  Milton Abbey welcomes those who have not been prepared for Common Entrance, asking pupils to sit our own entry papers in English and Maths.  A satisfactory report from the pupil’s current school will also be required.

Milton Abbey offers the broadest range of vocational qualifications in the independent sector and the courses are constantly developed in conjunction with employers to offer pupils a dynamic education to suit the changing world we live in. Level 3 BTECs

• Countryside Management

• Creative Media Production

• DT Graphics/3D Design

• Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

• Equine Management

• Hospitality

• Music

• Performing Arts

• Sport

Sport and culture

Badminton, Cricket Nets,  Gymnastics, Karate, Mountain Biking, Polo,  Real Tennis, Riding, Road Cycling , Rowing, Beagling, Football, Hockey, Rugby, Netball, Rounders, Swimming, Tri and duo-althlons, Caving, Climbing, Kayaking, Sailing


Location Description

The School is located just outside of the picturesque village of Milton Abbas in Dorset, approximately 30 miles South West of Salisbury, midway between the towns of Blandford and Dorchester.


The nearest train stations include Dorchester and Gillingham.  Trains from these stations travel direct to London Waterloo, where connections are available to Gatwick and Heathrow airports.  Airports in the South West area include Bournemouth, Southampton, Bristol and Exeter.

Milton Abbas Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0BZ

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