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’s Head of Spoken English Awarded Fellowship
Moreton Hall is delighted to announce that its Head of Spoken English, Merriel Halsall-Williams has been awarded a Fellowship of the prestigious Girls’ Schools Association (GSA). A stalwart of the school, Merriel first taught at Moreton between 1965
23rd November 2020 — Moreton Hall is delighted to announce that its Head of Spoken English, Merriel Halsall-Williams has been awarded a Fellowship of the prestigious Girls’ Schools Association (GSA). A stalwart of the school, Merriel first taught at Moreton between 1965 and 1977, only to return in 1992.
Involved with the English Speaking Board for over sixty years, her impact on public speaking has been described as ‘unique and immeasurable’. Generations of Moretonians have honed their oratory skills under her guidance.
Over the years she has seen a plethora of students achieve the highest accolades for public speaking: Thomas Cranmer finalists have been presented with awards by Prince Charles; English Speaking Board’s Young Speaker of the Year Competition has been won 6 times by her protégés.
Florence Tyne, a Sixth Form student added: “I remember my first lesson with Miss Halsall-Williams! I was asked to pretend to be in a hot air balloon and describe what I saw. Nervously, I talked about the blue sky and the gentle wind; generic I know. But Miss Halsall-Williams didn’t think it was boring. She encouraged me, helped me and guided me, not just in that little exercise but for the next five years. She prepared my talks with me, gave up her own time for my practise; her generosity is outstanding.
“During this time I performed in Belfast, in debating competitions and for HRH Prince Charles. Words cannot fathom how grateful I am to her."
Fellows of the GSA are typically nominated for being inspirational individuals, who embody the values of the GSA; the Fellowship is an honour awarded to individuals at the discretion of GSA members.
Most Fellows are former GSA Presidents and former GSA committee chairs whose contribution to girls’ education and the GSA has been outstanding. Others are individuals who have made a considerable positive influence or impact on the lives of young women, as a role model and/or through the impact of their work; Miss Halsall-Williams has certainly achieved this.
Speaking about her Fellowship, Miss Halsall-Williams said: "This was so unexpected and I am very grateful. It has made me think back to how many girls’ schools I have taught in and to how many pupils have gone on to achieve awards for public speaking."
Moreton Hall’s Principal, George Budd, added: "When we were asked to consider nominations for a GSA Fellowship, Merriel immediately came to mind as someone who has made a quite remarkable contribution to the education of hundreds of young women over an incredible 60 years. Merriel is a true living legend - someone our pupils respect and our Old Moretonians adore seeing again when they return to the school."
Talent Shines with Moreton Hall’s Future Sixth Form Students
Traditionally, despite the inevitable exam papers, the Moreton Sixth Scholarship and Admissions Day is a fun and enjoyable experience, a chance to meet many of the girls who will be new to Moreton Hall for their Sixth Form and to spend some time with
23rd November 2020 — Traditionally, despite the inevitable exam papers, the Moreton Sixth Scholarship and Admissions Day is a fun and enjoyable experience, a chance to meet many of the girls who will be new to Moreton Hall for their Sixth Form and to spend some time with current girls over lunchtime and in the boarding house. It’s also an opportunity for the Musicians to showcase their prowess, the Artists their creative skills and for Drama scholars to perform and explore their interpretations under direction.
Determined that this year should be no exception and with Zoom allowing the opportunity to create a virtual classroom, Moreton Hall welcomed would be members of the class of 2021-23 to a Virtual Admissions and Scholarship day with a greeting as warm as ever.
Ahead of the day, the postman delivered brown paper parcels to be opened on Admissions Day. Hot chocolate, shortbread and dried fruit was among the breaktime treats enjoyed as the candidates from across the region joined current sixth formers in Zoom breakout rooms to share some downtime together. Academic papers were completed on Google and Zoom; Art materials sent ahead of the time to candidates were used to complete a task before an online interview with Head of Art, Ruth Mills; Drama students were auditioned virtually under the nurturing and creative eye of Mr Jenkins, and all the candidates had an opportunity for an interview with the Principal, Mr Budd. In addition, Music and Sports scholars were scheduled for bespoke sessions to allow them to showcase their talents.
Reflecting on the Admissions and Scholarship Day, Moreton Sixth Registrar Caroline Lang commented:” it was wonderful to be able to create an event which despite COVID, was full of our trademark scholarship, gaiety and humanity. Everyone involved on the Moreton Hall team enjoyed hosting such a fantastic group of potential sixth formers. The resilience, good humour and talent they demonstrated suggested they all have the makings of fantastic Moreton girls.
Principal, George Budd, enjoyed conversing with all of the candidates on a range of topics from BLM to COVID via environmental issues and congratulated each of them on their performances - “Everyone I spoke to had the makings of a Moretonian - it’s exciting to see such talent within our future Sixth Form”.
Moreton Hall Students Have Christmas All Wrapped Up
With Christmas celebrations hanging in the balance this year, Moreton Hall Sixth Form students are determined to bring festive cheer to the residents of Shropshire and the surrounding areas.
5th November 2020 — With Christmas celebrations hanging in the balance this year, Moreton Hall Sixth Form students are determined to bring festive cheer to the residents of Shropshire and the surrounding areas with their latest enterprise development, in the form of Christmas Hampers.
Helping shoppers in the lead up to Christmas, the Sixth Form students and Development Director Lorna Campbell have been working with local suppliers including: Chirk Trout Farm, Stonehouse Brewery, Weird and Wonderful Cheese Co., Pen-y-Lan Pork, Gourmet Brownie Co. and Tanners Wine to provide an array of gift ideas in the form of luxury hampers.
Lorna Campbell commented, “Moreton Hall is always very keen to support our brilliant local producers and particularly during these unpredictable times. We hope that these hampers are the start of developing far greater links with our community and how we can help each other.
“We have lots of ideas that we hope to be able to realise over the coming months and we would be thrilled to hear from any local producers who would like to be involved.”
The initiative launched at Oswestry Artisan market was well received by all local visitors who have lockdown restrictions placed upon them over the seasonal period.
Karen Booth who leads the Enterprises students added, “It’s been an incredibly challenging start for the Enterprise Team this year and we’re delighted to add hampers to our new website and on-line ordering facility, developed by the girls, in addition to supporting other local businesses .“
The Christmas Hampers which make superb Christmas gifts for family, friends, colleagues, employees or business clients have a starting price of £35, and can be ordered online until the 30th November at www.moretonhall.org/xmas-hampers with local delivery or collection from 11th December.
There is an exciting development at Moreton Hall, in the 20th anniversary year of the Prep School.
19th October 2020 — The School, Senior staff and Governors are thrilled to announce that, in September 2021, boys will be accepted into Remove (Year 7) at Moreton Hall. Not only boys from our own Prep, but boys from outside the school, too. The following year, the boys progress into Lower Four (Year 8), before leaving Moreton and heading to their senior school of choice. The Senior School will remain all-girls in Upper Four and above.
This move is part of the School’s strategic development plan as Moreton Hall’s Prep School forges a unique path to be one of the leading small prep schools in the country. It allows us to blend the best aspects of our Prep and Senior School in Remove and Lower Four (Years 7 and 8), ensuring the best possible support for our students during this important transitional phase. The arrival of John Bond as Head of Moreton Hall Prep at Easter 2021 means that we have the very best leadership to make this change the success we all know it will be. John has a wealth of experience, built over 20 years of working in Prep Schools, and understands how to tailor an education to the interests, needs and abilities of every boy and girl. His knowledge of preparation for 13+ entry is excellent and he is committed to ensuring that our boys and girls continue to enjoy an equality of educational opportunity whether in the classroom, on the sports field or on the stage.
For many years, one of the hallmarks of a Moreton education has been the bespoke guidance and support which leads Moretonians to be able to pursue whatever next steps they set their mind too. This is reflected in the vast breadth of higher education courses studied by our Upper Sixth leaver, alongside their wide-ranging accomplishments in sport, music, drama and the arts. Our careers advice has recently seen us made Independent School of the Year finalists. Welcoming boys until the end of Year 8 dovetails perfectly with this ethos in allowing our boys to pursue whichever Senior School they choose at 13+, having benefited from an equivalently high level of guidance and preparation.
This change offers the best of all worlds - our all-girls provision is retained in our more senior years, and our boys do not have to prematurely leave a school where they are settled and happy. All of the successful and distinctive features of Remove and Lower Four life at Moreton Hall’s Senior School can continue exactly as before. The Boarding House remains at the centre of academic and pastoral life for day and boarding pupils and our personal tutoring system continues. Lessons can take place in their usual subject-specific venues around the school and all pupils, boys and girls, can access the full range of Senior School co-curricular activities.
We firmly believe that our proposals are educationally sound, in the interests of current and future Moretonians, and help to cement the reputation of Moreton Hall as a forward-looking school for girls to age 18 and boys to age 13.
Moreton Hall has been named as a finalist in the prestigious 2020 Independent School of the Year awards, in both the Performing Arts and Careers Guidance Categories.
18th September 2020 — Moreton Hall has been recognised for the first class educational experience its pupils are receiving through the school’s transformative and innovative projects and programmes.
Launched in 2018, the Independent Schools of the Year awards highlight the excellence of the student experience in independent schools. The judges were impressed by the way in which Moreton Hall so ably contributes colour and depth to the award’s annual celebration of all that's great about the independent school sector in the UK and praised the consistently high standard of the entries.
Kate Howells, Head of Drama at Moreton Hall commented, “This really is a testament to the continuing hard work and passion that is so evident from within the Arts Department at Moreton. So many skillful and talented people work collaboratively to produce outstanding events and opportunities for not only Moreton pupils, but to the wider community. I am super proud of everyone and this couldn't have come at a better time.”
Moreton Hall is a destination of choice for vibrant and exciting Performing Arts across the community. The popularity of its Face2Face performance academy attracts over 70 budding actors and performers from the community aged nine to eighteen and offers performances in professional theatres, workshops with TV and theatre professionals and competitions. During lockdown workshops have been taken by leading West End professionals via Zoom.
The development of performing arts at Moreton has manifested in the creation of a £1.45 million Community Theatre, providing a cultural flagship extending arts, music and drama to surrounding areas.
The school is also a hub of musical excellence in the region offering instrumental ensembles for all ages and abilities and invites musicians to join county level ensembles:
For Head of Careers Catherine Ashworth, Life Skills Co-ordinator Sarah Pritchard and Senior Sixth Form Tutor and UCAS advisor Caroline Lang, this award is a fabulous endorsement of the Careers department’s passionate commitment to young people.
The nomination recognises one of the many in-school initiatives such as the Rylands Diploma, the school’s bespoke life skills programme through which, under the guidance of former Barrister, Sarah Pritchard, the Sixth Form girls develop a range of core skills from professionalism in the work-place to dealing with household and car maintenance.
Reflecting on being a finalist in these prestigious awards, Catherine Ashworth said: “It is a privilege to support young people at this pivotal moment in their lives and to support them in successfully navigating their way through the extraordinary array of opportunities available to them.”
Principal George Budd added: “To be a finalist in not one, but two categories underlines the breadth of educational excellence at Moreton Hall. We are very proud of all the staff and pupils whose hard work contributed to this success.”
The winners of each category will be announced during the Independent Schools of the Year virtual event to be held on Thursday 8th October.
Moreton Hall Sixth Form Student Raises £1,000+ for the NHS
Passionate student of Art and Textiles, Moreton Hall Sixth Former Verity Carryer used her summer months of lockdown to design T-shirts as a fundraiser for the NHS.
16th September 2020 — Passionate student of Art and Textiles, Moreton Hall Sixth Former Verity Carryer used her summer months of lockdown to design T-shirts as a fundraiser for the NHS. Having now raised over £1,000, she has elected to donate the money to the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen.
Verity had contemplated bigger charities but became clear that she wanted to focus on the local community. She commented: “My family have used the RJAH many times and the staff have been marvellous. I wanted the money to have a big impact and I wanted to know what the money would be used for. Keeping it local means I can do this.”
The T-shirts were designed to celebrate the front line workers and embody the qualities of our NHS workers in these unprecedented times. Verity added: “I 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.”
Head of Charities at Moreton Hall, Doctor Hindson, said: “It is humbling to know that Verity had raised such a sum, and that concerned young people are willing to put their concerns into action.”
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.”
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.