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Open Days

We are sorry that our beautiful site is currently closed to visitors, to keep our students and staff as safe as possible during the ongoing pandemic. However, the Admissions Team is still here to talk about your children and how we can help them achieve their full potential.

During this time, we can be incredibly flexible. Speaking over the phone or by video to talk about everything we have to offer and to introduce you to other key people who will play a part in your child's education.

Most prospective parents arrange to visit the school at least three years before their child is due to join. We hold termly Open Days when you can experience a little of life in this beautiful small school. We aim to keep our Open Days small, so that visitors are able to really talk to staff and pupils. For this reason, places on Open Days must be booked in advance.

Lower School Open Days

We start with a short presentation from the Head, followed by tours in small groups with Third Form pupils and Sixth Form students. You'll take part in workshops with senior pastoral and academic staff, visit a boarding house, see lessons taking place and experience some of the activities and facilities available at the school.

After the tour, you'll be able to meet with Heads of Department over a light lunch. We will also show you our Abbey and give you the chance to visit the School Farm and Stables, if this is something you're interested in.

Lower School Open Days are open to all years of entry from age 13 and take place at least twice a year.

Sixth Form Open Days

These Open Days are tailored to your subject interests, so we will contact you before your visit to understand what you would like to see. After a short introduction from the Head, your family group will be shown around the parts of the school you are interested in by a Sixth Form student. You will also be able to visit a boarding house and see our facilities.

After the tour, there will be a short workshop with Dr Josh Bradbury, our Head of Sixth Form, to discuss all the subject choices available and the destinations they can lead to after school. You'll then be able to enjoy a light lunch while talking to any Heads of Department you wish to meet. Your tour can also include a visit to the Abbey and our School Farm or Stables.

Sixth Form Open Days take place each November. To make the best use of your time, we can also offer Admissions Interviews on the same day for students who are registered.

Dates for our next Open Days 

Please note: On-site Open Days are currently postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are still able to arrange personalised Admissions interviews remotely and have the following Interactive Open Days planned: Places at Open Days are limited, so must be booked in advance by contacting the Admissions Office via or on 01258 881804.

Introduction Visits

For entry in 2020 or 2021, we would be delighted to organise meetings over Zoom while the school site is closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We can organise an introduction with the Head or Senior Deputy Head, a Housemaster or Housemistress, Senior Academic members of staff or a Department Head for subjects you are interested in. Whilst we recognise it isn't possible to visit us on site at present, we will do our best to ensure you meet staff and students to talk about the areas of school you might be interested in, to help you make decisions during this time.  

In normal times, we host Introduction Visits on Thursdays from 9:45am to 12:15pm. These visits are aimed at families who wish to visit the school for a general overview, rather than wait for an Open Day.

This visit will include a tour of a boarding house with the Housemaster or Housemistress, a short tour of the school with a pupil, including observing a lesson, and the chance to speak to senior pastoral and academic staff over coffee. The Head will also welcome you to her study for an opportunity to ask any questions.

Once ready to have their chid assessed for a place, parents are invited to Register their child and
come in for a full Admissions Visit.

Introduction Visits are open to all years of entry and you can attend by letting us know via or on 01258 881804.

Admissions Visits

Our more detailed, individual Admissions Visits are for pupils who are already Registered and wish to be assessed to confirm a place at Milton Abbey. Admissions Visits are private and tailor-made to take into account each pupil’s interests. We are currently able to offer these remotely, while the school site is closed.

For the Lower School, we can meet pupils from when they are in Year 7, which would be two years before their planned entry to the school at age 13. For the Sixth Form, we usually meet potential students during their Year 10. We are also happy to meet you with less notice if faster entry to the school is desired.

Admissions Visits include a pupil interview with the Head, a private meeting between the Head and parents, a visit to a boarding house, and a tour of the school including any facilities or subjects you are particularly interested in. You are also able to meet a Head of Department, the Director of Sport, or our Head of Learning Support.

The visit can also include assessment for any Scholarship applications, other than Sports Scholarships which are assessed at set times of the year.

In order to prepare for your visit and to be able to make a quick decision about offering a place at the school, the following is required for your Admissions Visit:
  • A completed Registration Form
  • Your Registration Fee must have been received
  • A Educational Psychology Report (if applicable)
  • A reference from your child's current school (this can be sought after the visit if you wish, but we will not be able to make an offer until it is received)
Prep Schools will also provide us with a copy of you child's Independent Schools' Examining Body Common Transfer Form and their most recent School Report prior to them starting at Milton Abbey.

We look forward to meeting you. If you wish to register for a place, book a visit or have any questions, please contact us via or on 01258 881804.