26th March 2021 — It's been revealed that Moreton has been shortlisted in two categories: Independent Boarding School of The Year and the Creativity Award.
In 2019-2020, under new Principal, George Budd, the school recommitted to its core values, articulated its vision, and pivoted to the pandemic. Moreton Hall published “Values, Vision and Commitments”, giving its joy-filled community a collective purpose and exciting direction.
The year began with the development of Cornflower Farm; Moreton Enterprises, a cornerstone of its entrepreneurial education, was reinvented with a parents’ coffee shop, online tuck and the Moreton Means Business Conference; “Bridging the Gap” offered sessions on wellbeing and life skills, A Level tasters and discussions with Old Moretonians on university life.
In addition, Moreton gathered local talent and streamed 25 hours of poetry, music, drama and dance performances in The Holroyd Community Theatre. Likewise, its academic societies moved online offering masterclasses by leading professionals in the arts, science and music, as did its weekly drama school and the North Shropshire Orchestra, with more than 90 local pupils participating.
Moreton Hall enhanced its facilities by creating a stunning learning space in the library, a junior art suite and common room for Year 11, as well as modern staff and Sixth Form social space. The creation of an Archives Room displays the school’s unique heritage and an annual event, Floreat Moretonia.
Topping it off, Moreton ranked in the top 25 independent schools for sport. The school enhanced its strong sports offering by redeveloping its golf course, appointing a new Head of Lacrosse Development and opening the ACE Sports Performance Hub, which allows members of the wider community to utilise.
Tes editor Jon Severs said: “After a difficult year for all schools, it is an honour to celebrate the Tes Independent School awards, not only to celebrate excellent practice but to ensure that practice is shared far and wide.
“We received an unparalleled number of entries this year, which is testament to the great work all have done during the pandemic. The schools that have been shortlisted should be proud - it's a remarkable achievement."
For the very first time, Tes Independent School Awards winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on Friday 30 April 2021.