A Bespoke Education > Extra-Curricular
We run a comprehensive programme of engaging and rewarding extra-curricular activities which enhance pupils’ experience of living and learning at Milton Abbey.
Activities for both Lower School and Sixth Form pupils take place twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and cater for a wide range of interests. From Leith’s cookery courses to mechanics, and textiles to School Farm Club, there is something for all year groups to enjoy. In addition, there is a termly programme of fun and competitive inter-House activities for pupils to take part in, including sports matches, debating tournaments, music and drama competitions, quiz nights and pizza making.
A full list of the weekday and weekend activities on offer to our pupils is available to download from the iPoint box on this page.
During the Fifth Form (Year 11) and Sixth Form pupils 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 local residents and working in charity shops, and taking part in larger-scale dedicated Service Weekends. The work of the pupils is highly valued by the local community and aligns with the Service pillar of the Round Square IDEALS.
Another branch of the School’s extra-curricular activity provision is our running of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, which enables pupils to discover new skills, make new friends, and improve their problem-solving skills, whilst at the same time enhancing their self-esteem and giving them a sense of achievement.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
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 and we then run expeditions during the Summer across the UK and even 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 and pupils are encouraged to join the School's various clubs and choirs (currently including the Abbey, Chamber and Girls' choirs, and string quartet, folk band and concert band), as well as forming their own bands and groups.
Concerts, recitals and musical performances take place regularly throughout the term, showcasing the talents of the School's musicians. The Milton Abbey Choral Society stages one main concert per term and pupils are welcome to become members. Likewise, the School's annual International Music Festival and Summer School regularly attracts a number of our musicians who are keen to benefit from playing and singing alongside world-class artists.
Each Wednesday, every pupil is involved in the weekly Service Afternoon. 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 clean-ups; and team building exercises.
On entering the Fourth Form (Year 10), all pupils take part in Combined Cadet Forces (CCF), which is partly funded by the Ministry of Defence and is aimed at developing leadership and military skills. Pupils can choose to enter either the Army, Navy or RAF section. Some pupils can to choose to leave CCF during the Fifth Form (Year 11) and move on to Community Service activities, whilst others continue with 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 CCF cadets including our swimming pool, woodland confidence course, and our links with nearby Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.
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 sports fixtures. Sport is compulsory for those in the Lower School, and for the Sixth Form it remains a staple of their timetable but they have the opportunity to select the sports which they particularly enjoy. The School takes part in a full and varied programme of weekly sporting fixtures against other schools and those pupils with a particular talent are encouraged to play for club, county and national level.
The primary sports for boys are rugby, football, hockey and cricket, whilst girls play hockey, netball, lacrosse, rounders and tennis. In addition the School's sports facilities include a 9-hole golf course, swimming pool, athletics track, squash courts, gym, conditioning studio and turbo training facility, and our plentiful grounds host numerous annual cross country competitions. Pupils who ride have the chance to take part in weekly polo lessons as well as the chance to represent the School at team jumping competitions.
Pupils can also take up sailing. The School's sailing team base themselves from the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy which is located just 20 miles away. Pupils can take part in sailing three times per week during the Summer and Michaelmas terms using our fleet of Wayfarer boats. Our instruction covers an introduction to sailing right through to race training, powerboating, and RYA courses. For those pupils who want to take part in other sports alongside sailing, we can offer flexibility to accommodate this.