Millfield Enterprises is a business that represents the prestigious name of Millfield and is responsible for maximising the use of the school’s extensive facilities during the holiday periods.
Amongst other courses and events it runs the Millfield English Language Holiday Courses (MELHC) in the Easter and summer holidays, which provides international students aged 6-17 with an opportunity to develop their English language skills in an engaging and creative environment.
Millfield Enterprises has 12 permanent staff and employ around 300 temporary staff during the summer.
MELHC was founded in 2001, the first campus was Street, followed by Glastonbury Campus which was introduced in 2005 to cater for our younger students.
However, the campuses weren't always named this way. In 2016 for the purposes of MELHC we renamed the campuses to reflect their location - Street Campus is based at Millfield’s senior school in the village of Street but was previously called Millfield Senior and Glastonbury Campus is based at Millfield’s preparatory school in the town of Glastonbury but was previously called Millfield Junior.
When we are not using the campuses for our English language holiday courses, the schools themselves retain their original names and are used year-round as independent co-educational schools. If you are interested in reading a little more about the history of the schools, please see the 'A Brief History' section below.
The best institutions have a sense of purpose and at MELHC this is ingrained. We have clear ideas about what we want to achieve in a modern learning environment. This is a people industry and we realise that when parents send their children to us they don’t just want a language course, what they really want is the best possible future for them.
We engineer spaces where natural learning can take place in a holistic setting, equipping students with life (and life-long) language ability, skills, and social and cultural awareness.
We do this by employing dedicated and inspirational staff in a creative and innovative environment.
We recognise also that peers are perhaps equally as important as teachers. For this reason we invite students of the same age to come and share this sometimes life changing experience as mentors. These young mentors guide, support, and help international students to develop friendships and model spoken English. They are residential and take part in all English lessons, activities, excursions, and social events.
Nothing is more important to us than sparking the curious minds of the leaders of the future
Millfield Enterprises is a business that represents the prestigious name of Millfield School in the provision of holiday courses and events.
All of the staff in our employment, all of the students under our care and all parents, agents and visitors are treated with equal concern and without prejudice to their religious persuasion, racial origin, cultural background, gender, disability or special needs.
Positive attitudes are encouraged by promoting respect for others at all times.
We believe in people and our aim is to ensure that time spent with us is productive, memorable, stimulating and enjoyable. We want everyone to get involved, make friends and fully develop their potential.
A Brief History
Millfield, in the village of Street, Somerset, was founded by Jack Meyer (affectionately referred to as ‘Boss’) in 1935, following his return from India where he had been teaching since 1929. Meyer brought seven Indian boys, six of whom were princes, with him to Millfield to further and improve their studies. Meyer rented Millfield House from the Quaker family, Clarks, who started their footwear manufacturing business in the village of Street itself in 1825. Millfield House was used as the original Millfield School and is now one of the school’s boarding houses, and stands as a landmark and memory of the visionary Jack Meyer.
By 1939 pupil numbers had increased to 40, including a small number of girls and the school became one of the first independent schools to be co-educational. In 1942, Martin Attlee, son of the then Deputy Prime Minister, Clem, joined the school in the hope of overcoming ‘word-blindness’. The Millfield method was so successful that Martin went on to university, the school gaining fame as the first in the country to successfully help dyslexic pupils.
In 1945, with an increasing number of younger pupils, Jack Meyer saw the need to expand the school and bought Edgarley house and grounds in the nearby town of Glastonbury. Edgarley (now known as Millfield Prep) was originally part of an iron-age settlement around Glastonbury Tor, then in post-Roman times the property of a local British chieftain who later gave way to Saxon invaders. In the late 7th century the land was granted to the Abbey by a Saxon chieftain, thereby becoming one of the so-called Glaston XII hides.
In the years immediately following the Dissolution in 1539 (when Henry VIII confiscated church property), Edgarley belonged to the Crown, but it subsequently passed through many hands before coming into the ownership of the Porch family from the nearby city of Wells in the 18th century. The Porch’s also owned Glastonbury Abbey for a number of years in the middle of the 19th century, hence the considerable amount of Abbey stonework to be found there, particularly the Summer House or ‘Hermitage’, as it was known in their day.
The Porch family was large, wealthy and influential for a time, enlarging Edgarley house considerably in the 1880s, but it suffered several setbacks around the turn of the century, which led to the estate being sold to the Thomas-Ferrands in 1915. By 1945 the Thomas-Ferrands had seen their family home suffer from Army occupation during the war and so sold the house and grounds to their friend, Meyer.
By the late 60s a large proportion of pupils, including increasing numbers of girls, were transferring to Millfield in Street instead of other public schools, and by the mid-80s numbers reached nearly 500, with a corresponding improvement and expansion in facilities.
Although Millfield is best-known for its sport, pupils have gone on to excel in a wide range of areas. Successful old Millfieldians include former British Lions and Wales rugby captain Gareth Edwards, “Desperate Housewives” actress and Golden Globe winner Nicolette Sheridan, BBC chief political correspondent John Sergeant, Olympic swimming Gold medallist Duncan Goodhew, former Radio 1 Disc Jockey Tony Blackburn and drummer of legendary rock group the Police, Stewart Copeland.
The Enterprises Team
Our multi-talented team have experience in events and facilities management, conferences and hospitality, teaching English as a foreign language and running holiday courses for children.
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