Admissions > Entry Requirements & Fees

Entry Requirements

Our Admissions process seeks to establish that Milton Abbey is the right 'fit' for a child. We are both selective in choosing pupils who will benefit from, and contribute to, their time at Milton Abbey, and inclusive, being able to cater for a broad range of abilities, subject preferences and future aspirations.

Third Form

Most pupils join the School at age 13 in our Third Form (Year 9). We aim to give quick and unconditional offers to prospective pupils, after they undertake an inidividual Admissions Visit. This provides clarity and certainty for families.

Our offer will be dependent on a satisfactory current school reference, including CAT4 or equivalent cognitive test scores, and the Admissions Visit interview with the Head or Deputy Head. Where a candidate’s school does not offer CAT4, we can make arrangements to provide the test. Should pupils be following the Common Entrance curriculum, offers will not depend on Common Entrance results. However, we make it clear to all applicants receiving an offer that we expect them to maintain high levels of effort and application throughout their prep school years.

Prospective pupils with Special Educational Needs will be asked to come for a pre-assessment with the Head of Learning Support before entry, to make sure that the School can offer them the correct level of support.

Fourth Form

If space is available, it may be possible to join the Fourth Form, following an Admissions Visit and assessment outlined above. This option is particularly popular for international pupils from countries where school ages differ.

Sixth Form

Students seeking to join Milton Abbey in the Sixth Form are judged on individual merit regarding their suitability for our courses. Course choices are made in consultation with the Head or Deputy Head, and the Head of Sixth Form. For A-Level students we usually require a B-Grade (Level 6) in relevant GCSE subjects, but we are always open to discuss individual circumstances. We also have a popular range of more vocational BTEC courses, which have more flexible admission requirements.

For entry into the Sixth Form, candidates' Admissions Visits will include an interview with the Head or her Deputy, a Housemaster or Housemistress, and the Head of Sixth Form. They will also be given a tour of the school, be able to meet current Sixth Formers, and visit the Boarding Houses.

Fees

Milton Abbey is a small school which offers a breadth of courses in small class sizes, providing excellent pastoral care and a full programme of boarding activities all in a beautiful rural parkland setting.

Together with the Head and the Executive Management, the Governors strive to deliver this unique Milton Abbey educational offering as cost effectively as possible, while maintaining one of the lowest staff-pupil ratios in the sector.

During the last twelve months, the School has made significant investments in IT facilities, reorganising and refurbishing House accommodation following the creation of the second girls’ boarding house, upgrading the School Tuck Shop and the developing the Sixth Form Centre.

Considering all these factors, Governors have set the school fees for the 2019/20 Academic Year as follows:

Termly fees

Full Boarding: £13,725 per term
Day Pupils: £7,210 per term
Supplement for Sixth Form entrants: £500 per term

One-off fees

Registration fee paid when first registering a child at the school: £200
Acceptance fee / Deposit paid when a place is offered and accepted, returned after payment of your final bill from the school:
UK, EU and EEA citizens: £1,000 
Citizens of other countries: Equivalent to the fee for one term (see above)