Within the idyllic surroundings of the Dorset countryside, Milton Abbey could not be more rural. Though the abbey is still owned by the diocese of Salisbury, the school has full access to it; the classrooms and two of the boarding houses occupy the converted monastery buildings and the pupils certainly appreciate how lucky they are to be in such a beautiful place.
The school takes little note of league tables and concentrates on a more rounded education. Teachers concentrate on helping their students achieve academic goals, and the introduction of challenge grades brings structure to the process. Around a third of pupils have dyslexia and as such the sen facilities here are first class.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in as many extracurricular activities as they wish. Though there is a focus on countryside activities, the school’s sports teams perform well. In such a rural setting scope for outdoor activities is tremendous.