Moreton Hall Preparatory School offers boarding for boys and girls aged 4 to 13 set in beautiful surroundings in Suffolk.
Moreton Hall founds its provision on three core qualities: that our children feel happy, encouraged and self-assured. This is achieved through providing the right range of challenge and enjoyment in a striking setting. The balance is achieved through every teacher knowing every child meaningfully - and every child knowing every teacher just as well in return. Personality matters and informs everything we do. Every child needs to feel understood, valued and included. Every day is an open day at Moreton Hall; we look forward to meeting you.
Moreton Hall Prep make history as both boys and girls win Suffolk Team Tennis
The U13 boys and girls tennis team won the Suffolk Schools Team Tennis competition on Friday, the boys beating St Felix School, Southwold and the girls beating Culford School in the Division 2 competition at Framlingham College on Friday 23rd June.
7th July 2017 — It was the first time Moreton Hall Prep have entered the tournament and both boys and girls won their group consisting of three other schools to qualify for a knock out quarter final. Each team had to play four singles and two doubles matches against each team in their group. Winning a match earned your team 2 points and in the case of a draw a tie-break took place.
The Moreton Hall Prep girls beat Westley Middle School, St Benedict’s Middle School, King Edward VI School to win their their group and secure their place at finals day. They beat Ipswich High School for Girls 10-2 in the semi-final taking them through to meet Culford School in the final which they won 10-2 to win the girls competition.
The Moreton Hall Prep boys group pitched them against Westley Middle School, Thurston Community College, and Thomas Gainsborough. Having won their group they had a tough match against Old Buckenham Hall in the quarter finals which came down to a thrilling tie-break which Moreton Hall won 10-3 taking them to finals day at Framlingham College. In the semi-final they met Hartismere High School and won 12-0. The final was against St Felix School, Southwold where the boys won 10-2.
Both teams will now represent Suffolk in the regional tournament which takes place in London in the Autumn.
Moreton Hall Prep Headmaster, Chris Moxon said ‘For such a small school, to be Division 2 Suffolk Champions in both the boys and girls competition overcoming much bigger schools in the process, is a tremendous achievement. We are extremely proud of them!’
Head of Tennis Josh Bolt added ‘Both boys and girls have trained extremely hard week by week since September in order to compete hard in the summer term. To win both boys and girls events, being a small school is remarkable and is testament to their hard work and dedication.’
If your child is interested in tennis, Moreton Hall Prep offers Sports Scholarships for children with potential in tennis and/or other sports. Please see our website for details: www.moretonhallprep.org
Grand Opening of Enchanted Learning World, Moreton Hall Prep School
The Grand Opening of the new Enchanted Learning World took place on Saturday 10th June 2017 at Moreton Hall Prep School, Mount Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7BJ.
22nd June 2017 — The Enchanted Learning World is a unique outside space where the children can learn in a quirky, exciting, eco-friendly and educationally stimulating environment. Lorna Wakerell, Head of Pre-Prep, who masterminded the project, said ‘As a child I loved reading Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree and in that book, every land you visit as a reader opens up a new world to be discovered, and this same belief underpins what we do here at Moreton Hall, everything that children discover in their development and learning opens up a new opportunity.’
The aim of the garden is to expand children’s knowledge and understanding of their world through a much more in depth and broader curriculum. To them it is another exciting day of exploring a learning world, to the parents and teachers it is where firm foundations for a successful lifetime of skills and learning takes place, where imagination is captivated and where children are free to explore ideas.
CBBC and Blue Peter’s ‘Skinny Jean Gardener’ Lee Connelly opened the Garden with Jo Churchill, MP and Terry Clements, Mayor of Bury.
Sam Seymour provided music including accompanying three of our pupils for an impromptu performance of ‘Paddy McGinty’s Goat’ (with a few substituted lyrics) and the Friends of Moreton Hall provided refreshments of Pimms, sandwiches and cake.
Headmaster, Chris Moxon said ‘I would like to thank our Head of Pre-Prep, Lorna Wakerell and her group of staff and parent volunteers who have worked so incredibly hard to make this amazing project a reality. We are so delighted to see the children enjoying their education in such a wonderful environment.’
The wait is finally over for the children of Moreton Hall Prep School who were delighted to meet the new school pets – pygmy goats, Lofty and Moreton!
28th April 2017 — The arrival of the goats is an exciting development in the school’s our new Enchanted Learning World, a unique outside space where the children can learn in a quirky, exciting, eco-friendly and educationally stimulating environment.
Head of Pre-Prep, Lorna Wakerell said: ‘The goats have added so much to our beautiful Enchanted Learning World at Moreton Hall already. The children are quickly developing a sense of responsibility and seeing how their behaviour and actions affect others – this is perfectly illustrated by our youngest pupils whose enthusiasm at the start sent the goats to the furthest corner of the woods and now, less than a week later, they are literally eating out of their hands. It is wonderful to see the children’s confidence grow at the same rate as the goats!’
Whole school musical Olivia! has pupils finishing the term on a high!
There was not a dry eye in the house by the end of the magnificent production of Malcolm Sircom’s Olivia! by the Prep school.
10th April 2017 — The show tells the story of Olivia from downtrodden orphan to star of the stage. Emma (Form VIII), in the title role showed the perfect balance of naivety and spirit her character required whilst Ciara (Form VII) as Eliza Doolittle was a bundle of energy, who despite Mr George Bernard Shaw’s (George, Form V) best efforts, never forgot to drop ‘er h’s and wove each character into the story with a wonderfully knowing wink and a nod. Rory (Form V) and Kit (Form VII) as Olivia’s unlikely assistants Fagin and The Artful Dodger made a superb double act in their attempts to use Olivia to their advantage and the support cast of flower sellers, orphans and chorus evoked Gilbert and Sullivan from the start.
The singing was excellent throughout; Mrs Wolton, Director of Music, said ‘The children loved the music and were so enthusiastic about learning the songs that it was a real pleasure to work with them all.’
Miss Sellars, who produced the play said: ‘The children worked so hard and their enthusiasm and talent made it a joy to work with them. Their commitment to ‘method acting’ was commendable – I look forward to seeing many of them on the stage in the future!’
Happy, Encouraged, Self Assured; Moreton Hall Prep pupils live up to core values
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) stated that Moreton Hall Prep School encourages and supports ‘enthusiastic and highly motivated attitudes to learning’ concluding that 'the quality of the pupils' personal development is excellent'.
22nd March 2017 — The Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) team visited the school, for boys and girls aged four to thirteen, in January 2017 and spent three days at Moreton Hall Prep over the course of the inspection becoming fully immersed in the school day, as well as the boarding house and recognised the excellence of pupil’s development in all areas of the school.
Moreton Hall Prep School focuses its educational ethos on three core principles; that children should feel happy, encouraged and self-assured. The ISI report found these principles to be prevalent throughout the school: ‘Pupils are extremely well-behaved, friendly and courteous….pupils demonstrate a clear moral code, acknowledging the value of honesty, integrity and trust…pupils feel valued and included in the extended school family.’
The Boarding House, which is now ably run by Headmaster Mr Chris Moxon and his wife, Mrs Alison Moxon, also received high praise from the inspectors who noted that boarders felt their experience of boarding ‘helps to prepare them for their senior school in terms of developing their self-reliance and confidence’ and how much they appreciated the support given to them in all areas of school life including practising their musical instruments! ‘The caring and efficient way the boarding house is run… is a home from home.’ The parents of boarders too, enthused about the ‘good and often rapid progress due to the academic support they receive in their personal studies from the house parents and gap students.’
In addition Early Years were observed as being ‘exceptionally curious and keen to explore the many interesting activities provided for them…underpinned by the individual support and encouragement they receive from staff.’ This theme continues throughout the school ‘Across the school pupils make rapid progress because staff have an excellent understanding of their individual learning needs.’
Headmaster, Chris Moxon, said ‘I am delighted with the outcome and proud of our children who deserve the lovely comments made about them by the inspectors. Moreton Hall Prep is a very special place and I am honoured to be at the helm. I’m enormously proud that the ISI report is so resoundingly positive and that the hard work and dedication of the staff and pupils has been recognised.’
Moreton Hall Prep girls triumph at Framlingham Prep hockey tournament
Moreton Hall Prep U9 girls arrived feeling confident and after a tough first match showed great teamwork and determination through the rest of their group games to take them through to the final.
6th March 2017 — Our groups matches were against Framlingham Prep, Ipswich High and South Lee. Framlingham caught us on the run and took control of the match early on. Moreton Hall tried to rally but it wasn’t enough and it was a decisive win for Framlingham. Ipswich High were next and the girls were feeling confident having beaten them earlier in the week. They started with the ball but Moreton Hall took possession straight away and were passing well down the pitch to score the first goal. They kept working really hard to keep the ball moving up the pitch and were rewarded with two more goals making the final score 3-0 to Moreton Hall. The final group match was against South Lee. This was a tough game but with good teamwork Moreton Hall scored the first goal. South Lee came back and scored but the girls had the semi-final in sight now and kept the pressure on scoring a winning goal in the dying minutes of the match.
The semi-final was against OBH and proved to be an incredibly close match with no-one giving up resulting in a draw and so it went to penalties. Both teams scored 1 out of 3 and so the match went to sudden death. OBH went first and missed. Moreton Hall then took their shot. In a hair raising moment the ball hit the post and rebounded, we followed up and hit it again, this time making sure it hit the back of the net securing a place in the final.
The final was against Framlingham Prep who had already beaten the girls in their match. Framlingham scored early on but with hard work and determination the girls equlaised. Both teams were keeping the pressure on with victory in their sights. In the last couple of minutes Moreton Hall saw a gap and quickly took the shot, hitting the back of the net and securing the trophy as the whistle blew. Headmaster, Mr Moxon said 'It was a fantastic team performance from our U9 girls and testament to the dedication of both the pupils and staff here at Moreton Hall. I am constantly amazed at the wealth of sporting talent in a school of our size and am very proud of them all.'