Welcome from Jonathan Forster, Principal
Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions a family makes. Decisions are based upon a number of factors, including a school’s reputation, its location, its facilities, but most importantly its ‘product’: the pupils in the school.
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 is proud to be one of the UK’s highest achieving independent schools, educating girls from age 3-18 and boys from 3-11. We also have First Steps Nursery for 1-4 year olds.
Academic excellence, a tailored curriculum, outstanding pastoral care and extra-curricular activities of an extraordinary range and quality are the cornerstones of the school.
Every pupil is nurtured and encouraged to fulfil their potential – our aim, to stretch the most able and support the least confident, informs and guides all that we do.
Once you have browsed the website and requested a prospectus, come and visit us and find out why Moreton Hall, in the words of the Tatler Good Schools Guide, is such a ‘cracking school – trouncing local and national rivals on all fronts’.
Just let us know when you would like to visit.
Overview of Moreton Hall
Moreton Hall starts with ‘First Steps Nursery’, our nursery for girls and boys aged one and above. Those first steps lead naturally to ‘Moreton First’, our own preparatory school, housed in the unique ‘Toblerone’ building. Boys leave us at the age of eleven, girls move through automatically to Moreton Hall at 11+.
Boarding can begin in Moreton First at the age of eight - full time, flexi-time or occasionally – and this pattern continues throughout Moreton Hall, although the majority of girls board on a full time basis as they move up through the school. By Sixth Form over 90% of girls board.
Almost all Sixth Formers will go to university where, undoubtedly, they will come to realise that other skills they have acquired here are perhaps just as important as the academic.
During term time our programme runs seven days a week. We are happy for boarders to go home some weekends, but most choose to stay in to take advantage of the many academic, social and cultural opportunities available to them at weekends. Our staff provides 24-hour academic and pastoral support, which was described in the recent inspectors’ report as being ‘of an outstandingly high quality’. The emphasis is on learning independence within a supportive community, giving every student the freedom to develop as a responsible individual.
Moreton Hall’s development plan focuses upon the needs of the pupils in the school.
Jonathan and Paula Forster
In recent years, we have built two new boarding houses for Sixth formers: Charlesworth (2003) and Rylands (2008); created a floodlit all-weather playing surface, providing nine tennis courts and a county sized hockey pitch (2005) and built an indoor swimming pool (2008). In 2010 the Mitchell International Study Centre was completed. A wholesale refurbishment of all boarding facilities is almost complete.
A new Science Centre is currently being planned which will enable the increasing number of girls who study Science at A Level - currently more than 50% - to develop their skills and talents in facilities of the highest quality. The environmentally-friendly building will capitalise on Moreton’s exceptional record in biological and environmental studies. We anticipate that links with the local community will ensure the building may also be a resource for them.
So much for physical changes to the school site. The school’s development plan also takes into account changes in society - and in education.
The establishment of First Steps Nursery and the development of Moreton First has seen little boys at Moreton for the first time since 1927! Boys in Moreton First move school at aged 11+. There are no plans for Moreton Hall senior school to become a co-educational school. We know that there is a market for high quality, single-sex education and we intend to keep faith with parents - and pupils - who have chosen Moreton for its atmosphere and achievements as a girls’ only school.
In a society where academic achievement is not sufficient in itself to guarantee success beyond university, we believe that two important aspects of education must be highlighted: skills acquisition and social responsibility. Subsequently, our comprehensive and diverse activities and enrichment programme is compulsory throughout the school.
Additionally, in Lower Sixth (Year 12) all girls must choose to follow a practically based skill - including our famous Moreton Enterprise programme. All girls are asked to assume a leadership role as a house prefect, school prefect, team captain or activity leader.