Moreton First is the preparatory school of Moreton Hall, sharing not only its extensive facilities but also a commitment to nurture and celebrate the talents of each child. We are proud that we offer boys and girls a unique start to their education, ensuring academic rigour goes hand in hand with encouragement to achieve success in all creative and sporting fields. By combining the best of traditional educational methods with exciting initiatives we have created a distinctive school where pupils are active participants in the adventure of their education. We believe the goal of education must be to develop individual character whilst cultivating a community where respect and consideration are paramount.
Moreton First Offers
Moreton Hall’s co-educational preparatory school for boys and girls aged one to eleven
Exceptional facilities set in over 100 acres of stunning Shropshire parkland
First Steps Nursery, for one to three year olds, rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)
A Transition Class - which children enter shortly after their third birthday - offering flexible hours and gentle preparation for Reception
Small class sizes providing a nurturing environment in which the potential of each child can be achieved
Specialist teachers offering expertise in all subjects
A wide variety of after school activities and clubs from horse riding to ornithology
Flexible en-suite boarding for junior boys and girls in a welcoming family atmosphere
A varied and stimulating programme of after school and weekend activities
Common Entrance and scholarship preparation to major senior schools
Moreton First offers scholarships to girls and boys in Years 3-6 for Sport, Music, Drama and Academic potential.
A scholarship assessment day is held in March each year although new pupils can be assessed on entry.
There are many students who would both benefit the school and benefit from the school but who may be unable to join Moreton due to financial constraints. As a registered charity we offer a number of means-tested bursaries worth up to the value of 100% of fees to assist such students. If you would like to discuss bursaries further, please contact the Bursary or the Principal.
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.
Many of us can remember our first day at school. For some it may be a distant memory, belonging now in History books, when chalk and talk lead us through the curriculum. The school children of 2020 will also have their moment in History books, as the effects of COVID-19 led to lessons moving online and all-new activities being planned.
10th June 2020 — Through the dedication of our teaching staff and with the overwhelming support and confidence shown by our parents, education continued in Moreton First. In a remarkable example of determination, when traditional in-school lessons came to close in March, new and exciting possibilities for learning arrived on the horizon. Moreton First, together with schools across the country, embraced the idea of learning remotely. The timetable was adjusted to offer lessons across the screen. Lessons were live and interactive and the vital communication between pupils and teachers continued successfully. A new dialogue evolved as pupils and teachers agreed to ‘Zoom’, upload and download work throughout the day. The merits of Seesaw, PurpleMash and Firefly were explored fully and provided continuity of education in the most unexpected of situations.
Throughout this historic time there have also been some silver linings; IT proficiency increased by necessity and new lessons have been designed. After some initial hesitancy children’s and teachers’ confidence in front of the screen blossomed. Some teachers commented on how remote learning had beneficial effects for many children who contributed more confidently from behind the screen. Obstacles were overcome – all lessons plus Hymn Practice, Assemblies, Sport and Outdoor Education challenges were offered. Many parents were pleased to have an opportunity to witness their child learning in all subjects and have greater insight into that aspect of their life.
More recently, schools turned their attention to the possibility of reopening, albeit only for certain year groups. With the same vigour, preparations were put in place to accommodate Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, back in their Moreton First classrooms. The health and safety of every individual was the priority and a return to school plan required attention to every detail. In another example of a ‘can do’ attitude, Moreton First opened its doors to three year groups on Monday 8 June. The excitement visible on the faces of the children when seeing classmates reaffirmed that at least being offered the option to return was a positive experience for many. Provision for those continuing their learning at home remains as thorough and well-received as ever. We continue to see confidence grow as the week has passed and look forward to seeing more children as time passes.
The girls and boys who are back at school are now enjoying lessons with a teacher in the room whilst at times also welcoming interaction through the computer screen from subject specialist teachers. The curriculum for those in school and at home continues to be engaging and exciting. The children in school are able to communicate as one form regularly, still being able to speak to friends who have chosen to stay home through Zoom. It has been possible to include all children in form and story time ensuring the continuity of the class spirit.
We are looking forward to seeing all Moreton First pupils safely back in school. Meanwhile those in school are learning and socialising, which is such an important part of school life. They are revising those skills which children learn incidentally by just being with others. In the words of a Reception boy on greeting his parent at hometime, “Today was the best day ever!”
Pupils Come Together to Explore the World of Science
Over 250 pupils from primary schools across the region joined Moreton First for a Science Extravaganza day.
2nd March 2020 — Budding scientists from seven schools across Wrexham and Shropshire including; Penley Madras, Our Lady & St Oswald’s Catholic Primary, Trefonen Primary, Weston Lullingfields and Moreton First Prep School came together to discover the fascinating world of Science.
The day involved a series of workshops and hands-on demonstrations delivered by Moreton Hall’s specialist STEM teachers to promote the joys of Science and expand children’s learning across Chemistry, Physics and Biology.
The pupils took part in experiments and activities from witnessing chemical reactions, including making ‘elephants toothpaste’ and observing changes in physical properties when dissolving solids into liquids, to building bridge structures and identifying the vital organs within the body.
Mrs Catherine Ford, Head of Moreton First Prep School said, “It was a delight to see so many children’s passion for Science being ignited and their curiosity shining through in the start of their scientific journey.
“The pupils have been fully engaged and inspired by the experiments and activities and I’m sure we have in attendance some young scientists of the future.”
The day in advance of British Science Week next month promoted the love of scientific discovery and inspiring young minds whilst developing problem solving, life-long learning skills and creativity.
Moreton Hall is proud to be at the forefront of encouraging pupils to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects. Its state-of-the art Medical Science faculty offers cutting edge technology for aspiring scientists, doctors, surgeons and vets. Over half of the Sixth Form take a STEM A Level.
Through regular science days, workshops and the school’s Jenner Society; which offers a weekly insight into a panoply of biomedical science topics delivered by experts in their field and supported by an active partnership with the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, the school continues to innovate and develop to ensure that it can inspire the next generation of students and prepare them for the wider world.
Mr George Budd, Moreton Hall Principal commented, “the growth of STEM at Moreton, following the opening of the Centenary Science and Medical Centre, continues alongside our commitment to the Arts and partnership events such as this ensure that legacy continues well into next generation of young people”.
Moreton First Nursery and Preparatory School Opens Its Doors
Moreton First, the preparatory school of Moreton Hall in Weston Rhyn, one of the UK’s leading independent schools, is opening its doors on Saturday 7th March at 10am to prospective pupils.
2nd March 2020 — Moreton First offers both boys and girls a unique start to their education, from First Steps Nursery through to eleven years of age and ensures academic rigour goes hand in hand with encouragement to achieve success in all creative and sporting fields.
Combining the best of traditional educational methods with exciting initiatives, Moreton First has created a distinctive school where pupils are active participants in the adventure of their education.
During the Open Day parents will be invited to meet the specialist teaching staff, view the range of subjects on offer from IT, Science, English and Maths through to Mandarin, Spanish, Drama and Sport, find out about the school’s scholarship programme and tour the plethora of facilities set in over 100 acres of stunning Shropshire parkland.
Parents will be able to see first-hand how Moreton First offers a unique path of learning with a rich and varied curriculum. Tours will include the state-of-the-art Medical Science faculty, offering cutting edge technology for aspiring scientists, doctors, surgeons and vets, the IT Centre with a dedicated suite of computers, the 25 metre indoor swimming pool, and the new £1.45 million Holroyd Community Theatre to facilitate Drama and Musical workshops and productions.
Moreton First prides itself on its small class sizes, ensuring that strengths of individuals are recognised and nurtured.
Head of Moreton First, Mrs Catherine Ford, said: “We believe the goal of education must be to develop individual character whilst cultivating a community where respect and consideration are paramount.
“A prospectus can provide only a glimpse of the wealth of opportunities that await children at Moreton First. Come and see what makes this an outstanding provision and attend our Open Day on Saturday 7th March at 10am.”
To meet the enthusiastic, dedicated staff, the cheerful, motivated pupils of Moreton First and the Principal of Moreton Hall register at www.moretonhall.org/moreton-first or call 01691 776028.
Moreton First Prep School awarded 'Overall Primary School Winner’ at Arts Fair
Moreton First Prep School near Oswestry are celebrating having been awarded ‘Overall Primary School Winner’ at this years, Chester Arts Fair.
20th December 2019 — Thousands of visitors attended the weekend long event held at Chester Racecourse where Moreton First showcased a variety of artwork; from leaping tigers to textile puppets alongside one hundred and twenty UK and international artists. Collectively over 3000 pieces of artwork were on display including paintings, sculpture, photography, illustration, glassware, digital art, ceramics and more.
The judges were impressed with the variety and quality of work produced by the pupils of Moreton First which allowed them to experience the commercial side of a career in art and be part of a prestigious art event in a local city.
Individually, 7 year old Moreton First pupil, Zac, was awarded a Winners Certificate for the best Moreton First piece on show.
Head of Art, Ruth Mills, commented: “Moreton's Art students put on a sterling display at the 2019 Chester Arts Fair. Queen Victoria has been a key theme for students from Moreton First, and the Lower School. Represented in textile puppets, and mixed media drawings, the theme has been explored by the children with enthusiasm.
“Leaping tigers in clay and portraits of cowboys contrasted with the royal theme, with bold strokes of strong colour standing out amongst the Prep Schools' area.”
Jan Miller, Moreton First’s Teacher of Art said: “It is humbling for the creativity and talent of Moreton First pupils to be recognised by Chester Art Fair judges. In the words of Artist, Bob and Roberta Smith, who inspired our recent graphics project: Art Makes Children Powerful. It was lovely to see that many parents and children visited the fair to see our work.
Moreton First who were invited to be part of the exhibition for the fourth consecutive year received many positive comments from the judges and the public. “Their confidence in working on a large scale and in a variety of materials shines through. The children seem to get better and better each year. The themes change in each show and that is what is so nice about Moreton's work.”
Moreton First Pupils Help Make Magical Wishes Come True in Charity Santa Run
Moreton First Prep School in Weston Rhyn have raised a staggering £1,200 in sponsorship during their inaugural Santa Run, held within the 100 acre grounds at Moreton Hall.
20th December 2019 — The frosty December afternoon witnessed 100 pupils from the independent school spread festive cheer in a sea of red Santa costumes to raise funds and help make magical wishes come true for families who depend on the vital service provided by The Movement Centre in Oswestry.
The UK charity and specialist treatment centre support children and their families living with movement disabilities. The Movement Centre provide targeted training therapy to enable children to develop new skills and become far more independent which can have a huge impact on their life. The centre is currently the only one in the world providing this type of therapy and rely on support and donations to make sure children across the UK get the life-changing help they need.
Catherine Ford, Headteacher of Moreton First said, “We were delighted to support the work of the Movement Centre. It was so fitting that we all dressed as Santa to run for this amazing cause. It helps the children realise how lucky they are to be healthy enough to run the course around school. In a small way we were giving a Christmas gift to other children.”
Moreton First chase away the Winter Blues with a Festival of Literature!
On a rain-drenched day with darkness falling earlier and earlier, what better way to chase away the winter blues than curled up with a book or two.
4th December 2019 — That’s certainly a view shared by Moreton First pupils who were spoilt for choice when an Autumn Mini Literature Festival for Years 5 and 6 was an opportunity to meet not one but two fabulous authors to hear all about the ideas behind their new books.
The first author was the best-selling children’s author R J Palacio whose global bestselling ‘Wonder’ was also made into a major movie starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. Year 5 and 6 joined pupils at Oswestry’s Woodside School to hear about Palacio’s latest work. ‘White Bird’ is a graphic novel focused on Julian, Auggie Pullman’s classroom bully who fans of ‘Wonder’ will remember and who is seen in a new light as he discovers the moving and powerful tale of his grandmother, who was hidden during the Second World War.
Moreton First pupil Alexa enthused: “R.J Palacio talked about what inspired her to write books. She has written three books:’ Wonder’,’ White Bird’ and ‘Auggie And Me’. I really advise you to read them. In her session she talked about her new book, ‘White Bird’ and then she had a long question and answer session. It was great to meet her!”
The following morning the festival location moved to Moreton Hall. Moreton First teacher, Janet Sheppard writes: Children’s author, Anna Fargher, visited Moreton First Prep School to take them on a literary adventure when she shared with them her first published book, The Umbrella Mouse.
Moreton First pupils were immersed in the timeless tale of courage, resistance and friendship. The heart stopping adventure set in 1944 London under attack, describes how young mouse Pip Hanway's safe and quiet world is turned upside down when her home, umbrella shop James Smith & Sons, is destroyed by a bomb.
Orphaned and alone, Pip begins a perilous quest to find a new home. But the only way to get there is by joining Noah's Ark, a secret gang of animals fighting with the resistance in France, operating beneath the feet of the human soldiers. Danger is everywhere and as the enemy closes in, Pip must risk everything to save her new friends.
Anna described her love for writing and how she created her first book, on her iPhone notepad during her daily commute on the London Underground. Following its launch it was selected as Waterstones Book of the Month and winner of the 2019 Sainsbury's Book Prize for Fiction.
Moreton First pupil, Amelie, said: “I enjoyed listening to her speak about what had inspired her to write her novels.” Matilda adds: “I really enjoyed how Anna interacted with us because she showed us how to send a secret message using invisible ink with a white birthday candle and food colouring. Anna Fargher also told us about all the characters in her book and how she made them up. All the characters were based on real people in the French resistance. It also moved me that she was inspired to write the umbrella mouse because her grandfather fought in the war.”
There is no entrance examination for Moreton First, but diagnostic testing is carried out in the first term. Any pupil who requires it will be given extra help - at no extra cost - from Moreton’s highly praised Learning Support department whilst extra stretch is assured for the more able students.