At the British Boarding School Workshop (BBSW) which took place from 3-5 March in London, 76 Heads, Marketing Directors and Registrars from British Independent Schools met with 84 agents from across the globe. Flying the flag for Mill Hill were Sarah Bellotti, Head of The Mount, Mill Hill International (MMHI), and Nicola Steed, Registrar, along with Tony Binns, Deputy Head (External Relations) of the Mill Hill School Foundation. Between them they met over 50 agents for individual, scheduled appointments and following the workshop a further 13 agents from Russia, Japan, Estonia, Ukraine, Turkey, Latvia, Taiwan and the UK came to visit The Mill Hill School Foundation as part of a Familiarisation Tour of five schools in North London and Berkshire.
On Sunday evening, over a candlelit dinner at Mill Hill School, with entertainment provided by the charismatic Director of Music, Kevin Kyle, and five talented musicians from Mill Hill School, the agents met further key staff from The Mill Hill School Foundation: Frances King, Head and CEO of The Mill Hill School Foundation; Lindsey Farrant, Director of Boarding and Sarah Proudlove, Deputy Head (Academic) of MMHI. The following morning, the agents took part in various lessons at Mill Hill International, taking advantage of their time at the School to get to know both pupils and teachers, while Nicola Steed, Registrar of MMHI, gave a tour of the site.
‘Inspiring and educational’, remarked one of the agents, ‘I had not expected the Year 9 pupils’ English level to be so high.’ After a tour of the Mill Hill School campus, including a visit to Ridgeway House which is home to around a third of Mill Hill’s 150 boarders, the visitors set off for their next destination filled with a sense of having lived the Mill Hill lifestyle. As the School continues to raise its international profile, adding an academic Summer School to its offering this year, it will doubtless be hosting many more such visits in the months and years to come: there will be no shortage of willing participants.