Frequently Asked Questions We have provided below the answers to some frequently asked questions with regards to Admissions at Milton Abbey. How far in advance of entry do I need to register my child? We recommend coming to see the School, either at one of our small termly Open Days or at a time to suit you, at least two years in advance of entry. Once you have had a good look round and met staff, we recommend you register your child, giving them a provisional place. Eighteen months before entry, all those registered with us will be asked to confirm that Milton Abbey is their first choice of school. After this, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Will I be able to meet the Headmaster when I visit? Every visitor to Milton Abbey has a meeting with the Headmaster, followed by a tour of the School with a pupil and a chance to meet a Housemaster/Housemistress. What are the entry exams to Milton Abbey? The majority of pupils who join us at 13 take the Common Entrance exams set by the ISEB. For those who have not been prepared for Common Entrance, we are happy to accept our own entrance papers in Maths and English, in addition to an interview. For entrance at the Sixth Form, all those registered with us are asked to attend an Interview Morning before places are offered. When is your next Open Day for prospective pupils entering at age 13? We have an Open Day every term and dates are always available on the website. As we like to keep our Open Days small and personal, you do need to book with the Admissions Office. Do you have day pupils? Yes. Day pupils at Milton Abbey are all part of a boarding house and are here for a full school day – 8.10 – 18.00 – so that they join in all the school has to offer. Day pupil transport is available from the surrounding areas of Poole, Dorchester, Shaftesbury, Salisbury and Blandford. Do you offer weekly boarding? No. We are a full boarding or day school. As our pupils come from all over the UK and overseas we offer a comprehensive programme of lessons, sport and activities at the weekends with a long weekend out from Thursday lunchtime to Sunday night, either side of half term. What is the ratio of boys to girls? Since going fully co-educational in September 2012, approximately one third of each year group is made up of girls, with numbers rising every year. Do many pupils join in the Sixth Form? We always welcome a number of new pupils into the Sixth Form. Potential Sixth Form pupils can attend a Sixth Form Open Day in the Autumn term before being asked to come to an Interview Morning for all those that are registered. How many pupils live outside the UK? Currently 15% of our pupils live outside the UK from a wide range of countries. We can arrange airport transfers for those travelling to and from an airport. Do you offer a Forces discount or a discount for siblings? We do offer a sibling discount. All members of the Armed Forces are welcome to apply for a means tested bursary to top up their CEA. Do you offer scholarships and bursaries? We offer a comprehensive scholarship programme with information on the website and a means tested bursary programme. Bursaries can be applied for up to a year in advance by completing the bursary form available from the Admissions Department.