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.
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.
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.
Moreton Hall Sixth Form student, Verity Carryer is yet another of the school's students looking to support our front-line workers.
19th May 2020 — A passionate Moreton Hall student of Art and Textiles, Verity has designed a T-shirt to raise funds for the NHS in their fight against COVID-19.
Reflecting on her creation, Verity commented: "I have designed a T-shirt with the lion representing England and our amazing NHS workers. I believe that they show courage, pride, bravery, and love, which are all the traits of a lion. The colour blue is a nod to their uniform."
Verity was motivated to raise funds following her regular Thursday night clapping for heroes. She continued: "A number of people in my small village work for the NHS and in the care system; I wanted to do more to show my neighbours how much they are valued."
Head of Art at Moreton Hall, Ruth Mills, said: "Verity's T-shirt design, in aid of the NHS, demonstrates how the Creative Arts can help represent and celebrate the incredible bravery of our front-line workers. We are super proud of Verity, for showing the initiative to design and produce these original printed T-shirts, which embody the qualities of NHS workers in these unprecedented times."
Principal, George Budd, added: “Verity has such a charitable nature that it was only natural for her to think of this initiative, which encapsulates perfectly our core value of humanity.”
Verity has already sold 26 T-shirts and has orders for a further 50. Purchased by friends, family and teachers at this stage, Verity is hoping to broaden her reach and has set up a facebook page for orders. Priced at £16, 100% of the profits will go to the NHS and Verity is looking to help fund vital equipment.
Moreton Hall's stage school continues to provide exciting opportunities for its young performers, despite the lockdown restrictions.
19th May 2020 — The Face2Face performance academy which is based at The Holroyd Community Theatre, Weston Rhyn, continues to keep its curtains open with a series of online masterclasses from stars of the West End.
The second session will be delivered by Kane Oliver Parry, star of Matilda the Musical.
Ahead of his online class, he said: “I’ve taught at Face2Face before, back when it was first set up. The students impressed me, they were so enthusiastic and eager to learn.
“I am looking forward to returning, albeit via video link. My session will be a little different this time, with a real focus on developing character. I hope to teach the student skills that they can use independently.”
Kane has also starred in: Wicked, We Will Rock You, Oklahoma to name but a few.
As well as these masterclasses, the performing arts students have been developing their skills with online video lessons and tutorials from their regular coaches.
Face2Face manager and head coach, Michael Jenkins said: “I am so pleased that Kane is going to be delivering an online session for us. He is a superb performer and excellent role-model for our students. “Ahead of the session, students have been given material to learn which Kane will watch and coach within the class.”
The Academy’s parents are full of praise, taking the time to email in. Parent Victoria Sugden said: “My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed the Face2Face lockdown sessions that have been run online. They make such a welcome change from schoolwork and to see her face light up when she sees her teachers and friends on Zoom has been really lovely.
“The sessions are fun, really interactive and upbeat - an absolute highlight of the week! I am so grateful to the face2face team for producing these well-thought-out activities, every credit to them for making the best of a difficult situation.”
Face2Face takes place each Friday evening within term-time and is based at the newly built Holroyd Community Theatre, providing a much welcome home for community and educational projects and hosting a range of professional productions and concerts.
The Academy is open to children aged 9 - 18, and with the desire to develop their skills in acting, singing and dancing. For more information about the Academy email firstname.lastname@example.org
At Moreton Hall, new challenges have become new opportunities.
19th May 2020 — Turn the clock back to January and with mock examinations looming and GCSE and A Levels examinations on the horizon, year 11 and 13 students around the country were looking to the middle of May as the start of study leave and to June for the light at the end-of-exams tunnel. Covid 19 has certainly put an end to all that and whilst there may have been a few brief moments of relief at the cancellations of exams, for most young people, this change of plan has been like having a rug pulled from under their feet. Now, with lessons over and lockdown continuing, this dreamt of time has lost some of its shine.
However, at Moreton Hall, new challenges have become new opportunities. Mindful that these next few weeks must feel like chasm, with lockdown providing additional challenges, the independent school near Oswestry has developed two unique programmes for the year 11 and year 13 students, both created to bridge the gap to the next stage in the girls’ educational journey.
For year 11 the programme includes time reflecting on the GCSE years with virtual team building fun to celebrate existing friendships, whilst forging new ones with the girls from around the region who will be joining Moreton Sixth in September. Then, after half term, the countdown to A Levels begins with introductions to A Level lessons, study skills sessions and a focus on an independent research project. Plenty of fun is on the agenda too with Cookery, Sport and Well-being activities. Finally, in the last week of term, the annual Moreton Sixth Induction programme begins, our one stop shop for everything the Upper Fifth need to ensure they hit the ground running when they return to Moreton Sixth in September.
For year 13, the school consulted their Old Moreton alumni and asked for their thoughts on some of the things they wish they had known as they left school to embark on university, college courses or gap year adventures. Their insights provide the framework for the year 13 Bridging the Gap programme and many of them are joining us either live on zoom or with a pre-recorded contribution from their homes around the Oswestry area and across Shropshire.
An additional thread running through the six week programme is being provided by an inspirational OM, Jo Chavasse, who left Moreton in 2009 and went on to study Economics before launching her business Freckles Childcare in May 2015. Jo’s passion lies in supporting and training nannies and young adults to be their best selves and she has brought that passion to her Bridging The Gap Challenge Programme: 12 sessions of essential life skills which the girls will certainly value in the years ahead.
Reflecting on the Bridging the Gap programmes, Moreton Hall principal, George Budd commented: 'Both of these courses are entirely new, built from the ground up to best prepare our students for Sixth Form and life beyond Moreton. It has been truly remarkable to see them develop with input from staff, students, parents and Old Moretonians. Opportunities abound for our Upper Five and Upper Sixth in the coming weeks to develop the skills they’ll need to see them through their coming years of study.'
Moreton Hall Molly's Marathon Mission for Fundraising for St John Ambulance
Sixth Form student Molly is fundraising for St John Ambulance by running a sponsored marathon.
29th April 2020 — Molly has a long association with the charity since joining 7 years ago. Currently, Molly is Lead Cadet at her unit, an NCO role that means she is responsible for arranging and providing weekly training sessions for 30+ cadets, as well as being their ‘first point of call’ for pastoral and other issues. Last year Molly was elected as her district’s representative for the Regional Youth Forum, the main role of this is to continually improve St John Ambulance for the thousands of cadets within the charity. Due to all of her involvement, Molly was commended for her ‘commitment, support and service’ to the organisation with an award from the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, last summer.
Explaining her motivation for fundraising, Molly commented: “I’m doing this to raise money for St John Ambulance, a charity I am heavily involved in and that I hold very dear. We are currently on the front line, working alongside NHS staff during this pandemic.
“Those of us who are unable to be in a clinical role due to being under 18, but still want to help, have come up with other ways that we can continue supporting this charity that we are so proud to be a part of.
“My Easter holidays have included running virtual meetings, taking over from adults to provide training and pastoral support to cadets and raising as much money as I can! All the money goes towards buying medical supplies, paying for PPE, providing training and running our ambulances.
“I’m also doing this in memory of my Grandpop, who died last month and who, due to the restrictions around hospitals and funerals, many of my family, including myself, have found very difficult to say goodbye to. So, I’m doing this to remember and honour Tom Ogden as well.”
Molly's current target is £600, and she has 97% of it so far. To donate, please click on the following link: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moll-sja-marathon
Moreton Hall Virtual Staff Choir Share Message to Students
Staff at Moreton Hall have collaborated to form a mass virtual choir and performed their rendition of 'You Will Be Found' from the musical Dear Evan Hanson, reaching out to their pupils across the world.
29th April 2020 — With over half of the world’s population in lockdown to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and with many people reported feeling lonely as a result of social distancing and the lockdown measures imposed, Moreton Hall, in Shropshire, have been reaching out to their pupils across the world.
Staff at Moreton Hall have collaborated to form a mass virtual choir and performed their rendition of 'You Will Be Found' from the musical Dear Evan Hanson.
The initiative, led by Moreton Hall’s music teacher Amy Lott reinforces the message that pupils are not alone during these unprecedented times and Moreton Hall’s priority, not only continues to provide the highest standard of teaching and learning, but also offers the strong level of pastoral support and care for its pupils.
Amy said, “I am so proud and grateful to all of the 95 staff who took part in the project. Taking time out of their day (or in many cases days) to join together and create something which is so special is a true testament to just how much we truly care for each other at Moreton. I am so lucky to teach a subject which has the power to uplift people's moods and offer an escape from everyday life, even if it is just for a few moments, and feel very privileged to have been able to coordinate this project.
“It was clear to see from the start that this was going to be quite special and to see how many people wanted to take part. I sent out emails, texts and facebook messages to everyone I could and got an overwhelming response. The messages I received back really did show how much the staff care about the pupils.
"Editing the song together was challenging and time consuming due to the sheer number of voices! But it was definitely a labour of love and something which I really was determined to get right. Lots of people had added in harmonies and additional parts to the main melody which is what gives it such a full sound and, most importantly for me, every person who sent in an audio sample is on that track. No exceptions!”
As the lockdown continues across the globe the Moreton Hall day has continued to be a full one with Zoom lessons, virtual Art workshops, choir, and activities such as book clubs all online.
George Budd, Principal of Moreton Hall added, “Inspirational initiatives such as this bring our community virtually together whilst we are physically apart. There was hardly a dry eye in the house when our community first saw the end result of Amy’s video editing efforts. This video is a ringing endorsement of the gaiety and humanity running through our school”.
Moreton Hall Welcomes Prospective Pupils with a Spring Virtual Admissions Day
Moreton Hall has creatively responded to the challenges posed by national lockdown to ensure that a warm welcome awaits prospective pupils and their parents at the Moreton Hall Virtual Admissions Day on Saturday, May 2nd.
21st April 2020 — The May Open Day is usually a chance for visiting families to stroll the school’s stunning grounds, visit the exceptional facilities including the impressive Science Centre and the brand new Holroyd Community Theatre, and to meet the academic and pastoral team to discover what makes this welcoming Shropshire school one of the UK’s finest educational establishments.
This year, despite the lockdown restrictions, the Moreton Hall doors are virtually open and parents of girls and boys up the age of 11 and of girls from 11-18 years of age will be invited to experience the school’s unique values, as defined by our transformational former headmistress Bronwen Lloyd Williams (1945-73) as Scholarship, Gaiety and Humanity.
For Richard Briggs, the school’s Communications Development Officer, creating a virtual Admission’s Day is an exciting challenge: “Parents are invited to join members of the Senior Management Team, Academic departments, boarding housemistresses and students themselves to discover remotely a little of the Moreton Magic. The event will be held via video conferencing and allows prospective families from across the globe to gain an insight into life at Moreton Hall.”
For the school’s Principal, George Budd, the Virtual Admissions day is a unique opportunity to showcase the school whilst reiterating that as ever with Moreton Hall, when it comes to providing a first class and rounded education, it’s business as usual:
“In recent weeks, I have been so impressed by the flexibility, creativity, determination and commitment of the staff and students at Moreton as they adapt to online remote learning. Our parents and students tell us they feel similarly - we have been overwhelmed by messages of thanks and support. It is testament to our ethos that pastoral wellbeing and co-curricular breath remain top priorities alongside inspirational and challenging academic and enrichment programmes”.
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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.