We operate a full boarding system at Milton Abbey with day pupils assigned to a boarding house. There are 5 houses (four boys and one girls' house). The boys’ houses each accommodate approximately 60 pupils from third through to sixth form (Years 9 – 13). On arrival at the School, pupils will be allocated into rooms of four and graduate to smaller rooms as they move up through the school, with sixth formers enjoying single bedsits.
Both the physical nature of our boarding and our intimate size promotes a unique boarding experience. Every pupil is integral to this inclusive environment and all pupils across all age ranges mix freely. New pupils find their feet quickly and within a matter of weeks strong friendships are established, not only within their own house but also throughout the entire school and varying age ranges.
We pride ourselves on an extremely high standard of pastoral care which is reported by OFSTED in their recent inspection of the school (December 2009). A key strength is our excellent communications amongst staff regarding pupils and our ‘whole team’ approach to caring for our charges; beginning with Housemasters or Housemistresses (HsMs) through to Tutors and Matrons, including domestic and administrative staff, all of whom play a key role in caring for our pupils.
All pupils eat centrally with the academic staff in our magnificent Abbot’s Hall, where they are provided with exceptionally high quality food, both in terms of quality and quantity by our in-house catering team.
Our Health Centre offers 24 hour cover from our team of registered in-house nurses. We also have a twice weekly Doctor’s surgery and other appointments can be arranged individually by our team of health care professionals.
A rich and varied programme of activities is on offer every day of the week with something to cater for all tastes. In the evenings our Resident Tutors run a range of activities and at weekends action packed adventure training, cultural or shopping trips are regularly offered for all boarders, as well as regular social events with other schools.
The Houses pride themselves on healthy rivalry and pupils display a genuine sense of loyalty and passion towards their House. This is developed through a multitude of regular house competitions, which take place on the sports pitches through to debating. House affiliation is further enhanced by HsMs all of whom work tirelessly with their team of Tutors to develop a genuine family atmosphere. This is achieved by regular social events with their families as well as numerous and varied tutor group trips out to restaurants, ten pin bowling and so on.