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.
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’s Head of Spoken English, Merriel Halsall-Williams has been nominated for a prestigious Fellowship of the Girls’ Schools Association Award.
16th September 2020 — Miss Halsall-Williams has been involved with the English Speaking Board for over sixty years and her impact on public speaking has been described as ‘unique and immeasurable’. Generations of Moretonians have honed their oratory skills under her guidance.
Representing the heads of many of the top performing day and boarding schools in the UK independent sector, The Girls’ Schools Association encourages high standards of education for girls and promotes the benefits of being taught in a largely girls-only environment. Fellows are typically nominated for being inspirational individuals, who embody the values of the GSA.
Speaking about her nomination for the 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.’
This year’s fellowship awards will be decided by a vote on Tuesday 17 November 2020.
Moreton Hall Pupils are in for a baa-rilliant time when they return to school
Set in 100 acres of rural countryside, Moreton Hall is bringing a piece of Shropshire’s farming life into the classroom following the development of a small farm holding.
16th September 2020 — Cornflower Farm at Moreton Hall has been established to further develop the enrichment opportunities pupils will enjoy as part of their learning. The farming enterprise encourages pupils to acquire skills through outdoor experiences and practical hands-on work, complimenting their classroom lessons.
Moreton’s young farmers can undertake a number of different tasks as part of running a live farm: from feeding, grooming and preparing the animal beds to sourcing food supplies, fundraising and promoting.
The working farm is initially home to pygmy goats, welsh black sheep, hens and guinea pigs, Salt and Pepper.
Lorna Campbell, Moreton Hall’s Development Director, who is passionate about the benefits outdoor learning brings said: “Some pupils have spent three months learning in front of a computer screen. If there is a time more than any other, it is now that they need to re-engage with their learning through new, practical and positive experiences. Spending time with animals and looking after them develops a real sense of responsibility and empathy as well as the fantastic benefits to well being and mental health.”
Hannah Peel, Head of Biology and Ecology added: "The Farm is a fantastic chance for pupils to learn how Biology is applied in agriculture. I am looking forward to a wide range of opportunities where they can really engage with the Science of Farming as well as developing a wider understanding of ecosystems, both natural and man made.”
Principal George Budd commented: ”Lorna and Hannah made such a compelling case for establishing Cornflower Farm which both reflects the rural setting of Moreton Hall and provides a wealth of opportunities for pupils of all ages to learn outdoors in a hands-on fashion. We are all excited to see it develop further over time.”
Cornflower Farm will see lots of developments with lambing, hatching chicks and farmers markets over the coming months.
Moreton Hall Student Gives Hair and Hope to Young Cancer Sufferers
As many children and adults across the country grew their hair excessively due to lockdown, Moreton Hall pupil Gaia Vyas-Adams decided to donate her lengthy long locks to the Little Princess Trust.
16th September 2020 — As many children and adults across the country grew their hair excessively due to lockdown, Moreton Hall pupil Gaia Vyas-Adams decided to donate her lengthy long locks to the Little Princess Trust.
The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
Gaia said: “I decided to have 12 inches of my hair cut off to donate to the Trust who do amazing work making wigs for children who have lost their own hair.
“I have been considering donating my hair to a charity for about a year now, but was waiting for it to be as long as possible as the charity is short on hair which measures over 11 inches. My hair had been pretty much the same length for a few months so I didn’t think it would grow much longer!”
Gaia added: “It costs over £550 just to make one wig so cash donations are also really important to enable the charity to provide wigs to children who need them.
“I have set up a JustGiving page to try and raise some money for this brilliant cause.”
Gaia has exceeded her predicted target of raising £550 with current donations in excess of £700 from generous family members and supportive friends.
Gaia’s hair-raising attempt will help make someone else who lost their hair very very happy.
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.