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.
Type 1 Fun and Type 2 Fun by Principal George Budd
Much has been written about the importance of developing resilience in our young people - that is to say, the ability to pick yourself up, dust yourself down and determinedly continue in the face of challenges and adversity. As we see the green shoo
1st March 2021 — As we see the green shoots of life after the pandemic, it is ever more prescient to discuss how we can properly equip the children in our schools to develop this essential life skill. And that’s what it is - a skill developed through life, as we see that despite the worst that we thought might happen, the sun did indeed rise again and life continued - no doubt with us feeling older and wiser as a result.
So given the irrefutable importance of resilience, is it something we can explicitly teach in schools? Obviously, teaching resilience is not the same as teaching Physics or any other academic subject. One is almost wholly factual, whereas the other is far more emotive and comes from within the individual.
For 20 years, I competed at a high level in cross country and marathon mountain bike racing. I certainly found the old adage that whilst you might play football or rugby, you do not play at cycling, to be wholly true. Two particular events come to mind in the context of this article. One, a 24hr team relay race where the incessant rain and wind made dragging myself out of a tent at 2am to go and ride a lap particularly unpalatable (although at least we fared better than a neighbouring team, whose gazebo had somehow skewered the side of their van, rendering both useless). The other, a 140km race across the Alps where we set off, at 6am on a July day, to ride up a series of mountains in a series of thunderstorms. Now, lightening is supposed to be one of the only things that cancels mountain bike races, however the French marshalls simply ignored it, gesturing “allez” and “courage” as we grovelled up the fire road in torrential hail. Hail really hurts on a bicycle.
Having suitably put most people off ever following in my footsteps, I can at least say that both of those events classify as what gets called Type 2 Fun. That is to say - pretty awful and full of self-doubt (can I do this?) and fear (what might happen to me?) whilst doing it swiftly followed by elation, joy, smiles and an enormous sense of achievement upon completion. You finish knowing you have beaten whatever was placed in front of you and I can tell you nothing creates an unbreakable team from a random mix of friends like scrubbing grit out of each other's eyes at 1am whilst attempting to stuff copious amounts of pasta into your mouth. Certainly Type 2 Fun.
Type 1 Fun is far easier to explain. It’s the sort of fun we enjoy when we do something we are good at, enjoy doing and - this is the crucial bit - we quickly move on from, and often forget having not really learnt anything about ourselves. There were plenty of sunny, dry, fast races which fell into that category! The problem with Type 1 fun is that it is safe. To develop resilience, we need to experience a mix of both Types. Too much of either in isolation is unhealthy for different reasons.
Turning back to schools, left to their own devices our pupils would have no trouble at all garnering experiences of Type 1 Fun. That’s human nature for a lot of people. Our pupils benefit from a huge range of co-curricular activities tailored to their interests. They go on educational trips and play in sports fixtures. They might enjoy their music lessons and love building the set for the drama performance. It might be all too easy for a pupil to slip through their school years without ever truly being led to try something new, let alone something they weren’t terribly good at or felt worried by.
And that’s where a culture of “compulsory fun” comes into its own - here, everyone opts in and is carried along by a pervasive can-do attitude. Coupled with a first-rate personal tutoring system where every pupil is truly known, the scene is set for some encouragement towards Type 2 Fun and developing real, lasting resilience.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and CCF are often flaunted as resilience-building machines - and they are. But it should run much deeper than that as building resilience comes in many forms. It might be the PE teacher quietly encouraging a pupil to come along to a sports practice and to play for the team, knowing they have it in them even when they doubt it themselves. It might be the drama teacher noticing the stage presence of a saxophone player and encouraging them to take a part in the next play, when they wouldn’t see themselves on the stage. Or it might be the Geography teacher relentlessly believing that someone can write that A-grade essay even when they might think they don’t know where to start.
So, to the teachers - know your charges and don’t accept them tumbling through their schooling having only accomplished that which was safe. To our pupils I say ‘seek out Type 2 Fun’. You might not enjoy it at the time, but that’s where the true learning, self-discovery and resilience-building is found. Parents - encourage your children to do the things they find hard by standing behind them rather than in front of them. Avoid always being the snowplough - your children will thank you later.
We did eventually win the 24hr race - after 17 years of trying.
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 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.