Moreton is seen as a forward-looking school where we value academic success and extra-curricular achievement equally. The school is known for being small, friendly and open, not cluttered by petty rules, but with a clear set of values agreed upon and respected by all members of the school community.
Established in 1913 by the Lloyd-Williams family, today Moreton Hall is proud to be one of the UK's highest achieving independent girls' schools.
Moreton Hall School has a total of 404 pupils, with 115 pupils in the Sixth Form.
Included in this fee are tuition fees for all those subjects in the school curriculum as well as books and stationery. Boarders fees include laundry. Day Fees include mid-morning break, lunch and tea. Overnight stays for non-boarders cost £47 unless a student is required to stay due to school commitments. Items for which further charge will be made are Public Examination fees, entertainments and expeditions, personal expenses, taxis, etc.
Scholarships & Bursaries
Our scholarships are designed to attract to the school students with significant talents and potential across a broad range of fields. Bursaries and fee remissions enable students to attend the school who, for financial reasons, may otherwise not be able to attend.
Scholarships are available to girls 11+, 13+ and 16+ and are worth up to 10% of fees in each category throughout the student's education at Moreton.
Moreton Hall is widely recognised as one of the leading independent girls' boarding and day schools in the UK. Although not highly academically selective, securing a place is increasingly competitive. Places are awarded usually by entrance examination, interview and reference from previous school.
However, our overriding aim is to attract highly motivated students who will benefit from the wide range of opportunities we can offer. Normal entry points to the senior school are at 11+, 13+ and 16+, but occasionally girls join us at other times.
Moreton Hall Show Choir have their sights set on a festive hit
Eleven members of the Moreton Hall’s Show Choir were invited to experience life as professional recording artists when they were asked to perform the backing vocals on a Christmas track, being released by local band Baby Brave.
The choralists accompanied by Moreton Hall’s Music Teachers Amy Lott and Ellie Diack, attended The Wall Studios at Glyndwr University, Wrexham to record the track.
Amy said, “The girls had a fantastic time and were thrilled when they were greeted by lead singer Emilie who was enthusiastic to listen to the backing vocal arrangement the choir had prepared.”
The Show Choir were talent spotted at a charity dinner held at Iscoyd Park, near Whitchurch last month by the tracks producer Andrew Stokes, who was a member of the Pivotal Sound and Lighting crew.
Andrew commented “It was an incredible experience for us to work with the Moreton Hall Show Choir, who brought their fantastic festive energy to the recording – all in their Christmas jumpers!
“The group arrived at the recording studio and were impressive from start to finish, bringing an air of professionalism and charm. They did their school proud, and we are more than delighted to have them featured on our new Christmas single!”
Amy who hopes the new release resonates with audiences this Christmas concluded, “We look forward to hearing the end result which is due to be played on local radio over the festive period. Who knows, maybe we will be a dark horse for Christmas number 1!”
The Holroyd Community Theatre hosted Moreton’s home-grown production of Chicago. Ahead of its official opening and with temporary lighting and sound, the setting gave the girls their first taste of a professional venue.
The play explores the transient nature of celebrity status, and how apt a theme in an age where celebrity can mean anything from eating insects in the jungle to an anaemic social media influencer.
Produced and directed by Head of Drama, Kate Howells, this vaudeville of musical theatre transported the audience to prohibition 1920’s Chicago: smoky, gritty, sensationalist, it really did have ‘All that Jazz’.
Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly learn to manipulate others as they tussle for notoriety, and let’s be clear, Kim Kardashian’s idea of media manipulation is small-scale compared to these women! Chicago really ‘can’t resist a reformed sinner’ and the newspaper’s readership are capricious sycophants – happy to move on to the next big story on a daily basis.
The performance started with a slick, toe-tapping production number ‘All that Jazz’ and continued in Howells’ usual well-energised fashion. The performers moved into each formation and position with such style and attention to detail.
Sixth Form students Abby Watkinson introduced and carried the narrative through her role as announcer, while Alysha Brown played Billy Flynn the ‘silver tongued prince of the courtroom’. Her performance described as ‘comedic genius’. A self-seeking lawyer, Billie waved his jazz hands and allowed every member of his entourage to fawn! An able puppeteer, he pulled the defendant’s strings with consummate ease.
In amongst the comedy were moments of pathos. A beleaguered Mr Cellophane’s simple invisibility was performed so ably by Belinda Matthews and reduced some audience members to tears. As the song progressed, Belinda’s voice echoed through The Holroyd Theatre. Her musicality and tone were awe-inspiring.
Leading raunchy protagonists Roxie, played by Milly Wray and Jemima Davenport respectively, and Velma, played by Megan Keaveny, excelled in their roles as ambitious and calculating murderesses, stepping over each other with a ‘rhinestone heel’. Their razzle dazzle voices captivated and enchanted the audience. They were competing for attention as much as their freedom – which mattered more?
As always, the ensemble numbers were crafted with precision and flair. Every member of the cast performed with energy and élan.
Roxie and Velma’s story ends with a sensational double act, but the symbolism looms large – guns become props. One is left reflecting on where sensationalist stories, propaganda and self-interest will lead.
An excellent production, with an equally professional venue.
Coronation Street Celebs join local schools to launch new Community Theatre
Christmas will come early this year for local primary school children as they come together for ‘Christmas at The Holroyd’, the opening event in The Holroyd Community Theatre, hosted by Coronation Street stars Ian Bartholomew and Ian Puleston-Davies.
Created to provide an exciting and dynamic performance space for the region, The Holroyd's inaugural event will feature readings, songs and festive performances performed by children from Selattyn Primary School, St Martins Primary School, Moreton Hall and Face2Face Performance Academy. Produced by acclaimed Theatre Director and Artistic Director of the Holroyd, Loveday Ingram, ‘Christmas at The Holroyd’ will be a first opportunity for the local community to fill the stage and auditorium of their brand new venue. Ahead of the theatre’s formal launch in June 2020, this candle-lit occasion gives a fabulous opportunity to see the completed space before the technical fitting begins.
Coronation Street’s Geoff Metcalfe, aka actor Ian Bartholomew, will take a break from his latest story line to add showbiz glitz to the occasion. He will be joined by Corrie’s former builder, Owen Armstrong aka Ian Puleston-Davies.
For Artistic Director Loveday “The support of local actors Ian Puleston-Davies and Ian Bartholomew is a terrific endorsement of everything we are aspiring to achieve at The Holroyd, both for local participants and audiences.
For Ian Bartholomew “This first class professional space will open doors and provide opportunities for many local people. I am delighted to be part of this first public performance in this stunning new theatre”
‘Christmas at The Holroyd’ performances are on Saturday, 7th December at 5.00pm and 7.30pm.
To book tickets visit: www.theholroyd.com/christmas or telephone: 01691 776069
Old Moretonians achieve top results and have been made Oxford Scholars following their first year at the oldest university.
Although stellar GCSE and A Level results mean that Old Moretonians Selina Schoelles (2017) and Georgina Lang (2018) are familiar with examination success, the news that they have both achieved top results and have been made Oxford Scholars following their first year at the oldest university in the English-speaking world is seen by both girls as a huge honour.
Selina and Georgina are quick to attribute their success in part to their education at Moreton Hall. Selina commented: "I was fascinated by the city of dreaming spires from a fairly young age, mainly because of its seeming otherworldliness and impenetrability.
"However, my attitude was somewhat changed shortly after I arrived at Moreton Hall aged thirteen and realised fairly quickly that girls – particularly Moreton girls – can do anything! Thanks to the Dennisons and Mr Reffell I developed a keen interest in history and by the time I took my GCSEs I was set on reading history at Oxford.
"After two further years during which I discovered the delights of eighteenth-century Britain, and was able to indulge my keen interest (or perhaps obsession?) in the Suffragette Movement on several occasions, I left Moreton in 2017 far better equipped than I realised to apply to Oxford."
Georgina, who began her journey in Moreton First, is reading Computer Science and Philosophy. She too reflected on how her schooling had enabled her to succeed. Georgina added: "Embarking on a degree containing two subjects I had never formally studied felt slightly daunting at first but I quickly realised I was more than prepared for the challenges both subjects could throw at me.
"Mr Dennison’s Oxbridge preparation sessions and the endless hours of individual support which the STEM department unfailingly provided prepared me perfectly for the tutorial environment which Oxford so uniquely offers.
"Mrs Halsall-Williams’ years of Spoken English lessons left me with the confidence to discuss my ideas and remove any nerves I may have felt so I had time to simply enjoy the subjects which I have so fallen in love with."
Scholarships at Oxford are awarded to those students achieving the highest academic success. Selina enthused: "Winning a scholarship for achieving a first class mark in my exams and coming within the top ten percent of history students in my year across the university came as a total shock.
"I actually came out of my first exam in a near-hysterical state convinced that I had blown it completely! (Any teachers who remember my similar performances during GCSEs and A Levels may spot a pattern...) I have also received the Alyson Bailes Prize awarded to the highest-scoring Somerville historian in first year exams, and am President of the Somerville History Society."
Georgina also completed her first year on a high. She said: "It was the icing on the cake to discover that, at the end of such an extraordinary year, I had been awarded a distinction in prelims (what would be called a First in finals).
"To celebrate this, those who achieve distinctions may wear scholars gowns throughout the rest of their degree rather than the usual undergraduate gowns. I feel incredibly honoured to be able to call myself an Oxford scholar and to continue to study at such an incredible institution."
Moreton Hall Shortlisted at the TES Independent School Awards 2020
Moreton Hall, one of the UK’s top performing independent schools and based near Oswestry, has been shortlisted for the second year running in the prestigious Tes Independent School of the Year Awards 2020.
The awards identify the most outstanding individuals and institutions that the independent sector has to offer.
Moreton Hall has been recognised in the category ‘Whole-school community initiative of the year’ reflecting the outstanding and continuing work it is involved in within the local community.
Partnerships with the local community underpin the ethos of Moreton Hall, no more so than in the building of the new Holroyd Community Theatre. The theatre looks set to be the cultural flagship for North Shropshire and the Welsh borders.
Many of the initiatives housed there are already transforming the lives of talented youngsters from across the area. The Face2Face stage school is a performance academy for young actors, aged nine to eighteen.
In addition, Moreton Hall is the home for North Shropshire Music providing musicianship opportunities for all ages and abilities.
The Tes’ judges continued to be impressed by the way Moreton Hall has developed community led initiatives and the positive contribution to local community outreach over recent years.
Tes Editor Ann Mroz said: “The Independent schools in this country are truly exceptional. And those that have earned a place on the Tes Independent School Awards shortlist are a cut above the rest”.
“We received an unparalleled number of entries this year, all of which were first rate. The schools that have been shortlisted should be proud – it’s a remarkable achievement.”
Principal of Moreton Hall, Mr George Budd said: “We are thrilled to hear of this repeated accolade which reflects the breadth and level of imagination in Moreton Hall’s outreach work across the Creative Arts, allowing local young people the opportunity to truly shine”.
The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 7 February 2020.
Students’ Hearts Skip a Beat at Medical Interviews
Moreton Hall invited Sixth Form prospective medical students from local schools to partake in their annual mini-multiple interview (MMI) event at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH).
The busy evening involved the potential medics being exposed to a wide range of interview styles in preparation for their medical applications.
Dr Ruth Longfellow, Consultant Anaesthetist, Associate Medical Director from the RJAH, and Hannah Peel, Biology teacher at Moreton Hall, collaborated to bring together the Sixth Form students, twenty four RJAH doctors and GPs and consultants from other hospitals.
The mini interviews encouraged students to demonstrate their communication skills during role play scenarios and were carried out under the tight time pressure that the MMI format imposes on medical applicants.
Hannah Peel said: “As more and more medical schools use this interview style it really helps students to experience this format before their real interviews. We are very grateful for the doctors and surgeons who helped run this event, often coming straight from treating patients, to help the next generation of doctors prepare for their medical school applications,”
Hannah continued: “At Moreton we are especially pleased to be able to include students from so many local schools. This year forty eight students from fifteen local schools attended.”
Moreton Sixth student, Cici Jin, who is applying to medical school this year said: “I found the MMI evening really helpful. It made me more aware of some of the current important issues in medicine as well as helping me to give fuller answers at interview and develop my interview skills. Attending the MMI has made me much more confident about this type of medical interview.”
Annabella Yang, who is also a keen potential medic, agreed: “This is something that I have been worried about and being able to practise it has really helped me. It was good that the doctors also gave us feedback so that we will be able to do better in our real MMIs.”
Moreton Hall Student selected for U19 England Lacrosse National Academy
Moreton Hall Sixth Form student Maddie Kennedy is celebrating having been selected for the U19 England Lacrosse National Academy.
The England Lacrosse National Academy recognises the most promising talent at regional level and invites athletes to form the National Academy, which offers a direct route into the England National Team setup, with players from the National Academy forming the England Under 19 National Squad.
The England U19 Team are currently fourth in the world after competing in the 2019 U19 World Championships, Canada.
Maddie who is currently Vice Captain for Moreton Hall’s 1st team Lacrosse said, “Being selected for the U19 England Lacrosse National Academy has been something I have wished to achieve from a very young age and have been working towards for many years.
“I was extremely nervous prior to the trial, but the adrenaline kicked in and I soon felt very confident. The trial took place over a weekend in Nottingham during which we focused on defensive work. It was really useful to hear new ways and ideas of defending which will help develop my play in the future.
“The weekend was very tiring but I learnt lots and I am very excited to continue training with these coaches for the following years.”
Hollie Harrington, Head of Lacrosse Coaching at Moreton Hall commented, “This is a fantastic achievement for Maddie. Since her trial we’ve been keeping everything crossed for her. Maddie is an extremely focused and dedicated player and I am so pleased for her that national coaches have recognised how talented she is.
Hollie continued, “As a school, this means we now have 4 players in the U19 England National Academy, the highest number of players we have ever had, and for such a small school this is fantastic.”
Distinctions All Round for Moreton Hall’s Performing Arts Students
Moreton Hall students are celebrating having achieved 100 per cent distinctions in national examinations for performing arts.
Moreton Hall students are celebrating having achieved 100 per cent distinctions in national examinations for performing arts.
The latest results mark another successful year for students at Moreton with Megan Keaveny, Eliza Pickering, Romilly Pickering, Ella Lewis and Nancy Schoelles earning the prestigious LAMDA qualification.
LAMDA’s performance examinations are widely recognised for assessing students’ ability in acting, and use drama to develop self-confidence, physical presence and a strong speaking voice.
Drama Teacher Michael Jenkins said, “I am thrilled that one hundred percent of the students entered for the LAMDA performance examinations passed with Distinction. This is a huge achievement for each of the students’ and indeed the school.
During the examinations, students performed two monologues and took part in a viva voce, which included theoretical questions based on the characters and plays they were performing from
Michael concluded, “I am immensely proud of each of the students for this remarkable achievement and look forward to them building upon these successes in the future.”
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