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Extra-Curricular Activities

As a predominantly full boading school, that successfully integrates Day Pupils into a busy school week, we are able to offer an extensive and varied range of extra-curricular and recreational activities covering sports, the arts, culture and community.

Our pupils even get the chance to let their hair down at weekends and have fun with their friends, whether on a restaurant visit, social night or shopping trip!

Sporting Afternoons

Sport forms an integral part of extra-curricular life at Milton Abbey. Pupils take part in sport four afternoons per week, with weekday and Saturday competitive fixtures.

A varied programme of sport is compulsory for those in the Lower School. For the Sixth Form it remains a staple of the timetable, but students have the opportunity to select the team or individual sports that they particularly enjoy. The School takes part in a full and varied programme of weekly sporting fixtures against other schools. Those pupils with a particular talent are encouraged to play at club, county and national levels.

Extensive information about our sport offering - academic, competitive and recreational - is available on the dedicated section of this website.

Round Square Afternoons

Each Wednesday, every pupil is involved in our Round Square at Milton Abbey afternoons, which we commonly refer to as RS@MA. This varied programme of service and community-based events and activities complements our membership of the Round Square network of schools.

The Third Form (Year 9) take part in a carousel of activities and talks which focus on life skills; covering charity work, study skills, woodland activities, beach and countryside clean-ups, and team-building exercises. 
On entering the Fourth Form (Year 10), pupils can chose to join the Combined Cadet Forces (CCF), which is partly funded by the Ministry of Defence and is aimed at developing leadership and military skills. Many continue as a part of the CCF into the Sixth Form, where they have the opportunity to become junior instructors and take part in various courses prepared by the Ministry of Defence. Aside from our idyllic countryside setting and grounds, Milton Abbey has a host of facilities which benefit our Cadets, including our swimming pool and woodland assault course.

Those not choosing to join the CCF have the opportunity to take part in a range of Community Service projects, allowing them to give something back to the school’s local community. Projects undertaken in recent times have included maintaining the School Farm and local green spaces, visiting and befriending older local residents, and working in charity shops.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Another branch of the school’s extra-curricular provision is running the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, which also takes place on Wednesday afternoons and as part of a pupil's weekend activities. The scheme enables pupils to discover new skills, make new friends, and improve their problem-solving skills, while at the same time enhancing their self-esteem and giving them a sense of achievement.

Pupils will be given the opportunity to take on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme from the Fourth Form (Year 10) when they can start to progress through Bronze, Silver and even Gold Awards. The majority of the training is done in school, but we run expeditions during the summer in the UK and abroad.


There are a wealth of extra-curricular musical opportunities available for musicians to enjoy at Milton Abbey. Individual instrumental and singing tuition is available upon request. Pupils are also encouraged to join the school's various singing clubs and choirs, or to form their own bands and groups that can practice in recreational time.

Concerts, recitals and musical performances take place regularly throughout the year, showcasing the talents of the school's musicians and visiting performers. During the summer holiday, the school hosts an annual International Music Festival and Summer School, which regularly attracts a number of world-class artists. Our most talented musicians have the opportunity to join this event.

Evening Activities

Organised recreational activities and clubs for both Lower School and Sixth Form pupils take place twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, after prep time and the evening meal.

We cater for a wide range of interests. From Leith’s cookery courses and mechanics, to textiles and the School Farm Club, there is something for everyone to enjoy. In addition, there is a termly programme of fun, competitive inter-House activities for pupils to take part in, such as sports matches, debating tournaments, music and drama competitions, quiz nights and pizza-making.

On other weekday evenings, pupils have additional time for homework, to socialise with their friends in Houses or to make use of our stunning grounds and facilities.

Weekend Activities

As part of our full boarding experience, Milton Abbey pupils are kept busy throughout the weekend. Our comprehensive activity programme aims to provide something for all our pupils to enjoy.

We host regular inter-House sporting and non-sporting competitions, along with on and off-site social events with other schools. Popular regular excursions include meals out, cinema and shopping trips, and visits to waterparks, sports matches or country shows. We also arrange visits to galleries, exhibitions, music performances and theatre shows each half term. For our more adventurous young people, their weekends can be spent training and taking part in the annual Ten Tors Challenge, caving, climbing, kayaking, sailing or cycling!

We encourage you to keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest activities that have taken place.