Moreton Hall School
|Type||Independent day and boarding school|
|Principal||J. Forster M.A., FRSA|
|Vice Principal||Mrs. C. Tilley, GRNCM, PPRNCM|
|Chairman of Governing Body||Dr. L. V. Boon|
|DfE URN||123604 Tables|
|Gender||Girls; Boys (4-11)|
|Former pupils||Old Moretonians|
|School Song||Gaude Plebs Redemptionis|
Moreton Hall School is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 3 to 18 and boys aged 3 to 11 years, situated in North Shropshire four miles from the historic market town of Oswestry. Founded in 1913, Moreton Hall celebrates its centenary in 2012/13. Much of the early history of the school is unrecorded, but Michael Charlesworth, chairman of the Governors for twelve years, has written the "Story of Moreton Hall" to mark the ninetieth anniversary.
Ellen Augusta Crawley Lloyd-Williams was left with a family of two sons and nine daughters to care for on the death of her husband, John Jordan Lloyd-Williams, who had been headmaster of Oswestry School. She had already addressed the problem of educating her family by setting up a small school in 1913, in Lloran house, which was once a boarding house for Oswestry School. Among the boarders were her three youngest daughters, some of their cousins and friends. There were also two boys on the rolls. Elder sisters Grace and Mary joined the teaching staff. Ellen, known universally as Aunt Lil, bought Moreton Hall in 1919. The building was reputed[by whom?] to have been built in 1527 in the reign of Henry VIII and remodelled in the time of William and Mary. However, the historical buildings provided little comfort and the school uniform contained the djibbahs, a box pleated tunic worn for games and lessons (to avoid time lost for changing), and a full length all enveloping cloak.
"Aunt Lil" died in 1940 leaving a thriving and growing school with a strong ethos of music, dance and public speaking which survives today. She was succeeded by her daughter, Mary, a keen musician who fostered the love of music in her pupils. Mary died in 1945 at a relatively young age and was appropriately commemorated by a bronze sculpture by Karel Vogel  depicting three pupils playing musical instruments. Her sister Bronwyn Lloyd-Williams had trained at the Bedford College of Physical Training and was a freelance journalist in London. She had frequently visited Moreton Hall, choreographing dance productions, teaching lacrosse (she had captained Wales) and cricket and leading rambles in the surrounding countryside. She left her career to take on the headship and continued in this role until her resignation, soon followed by her death in 1973. This ended the "family" period of the school which continued its development as an Educational Trust Roger Goolden (b.19.2.1933, d.23.5.2014), appointed by Bronwen Lloyd-Williams in 1963, held the position of Clerk of Works until 1993. He oversaw a significant extension of the school buildings, including a boarding block and swimming pool.
The school, a charitable trust, is set in 100 acres of parkland on the beautiful Shropshire/North Wales border, four miles from the historic market town of Oswestry and an hour from Manchester Airport and Birmingham Airport, West Midlands. The school is made up of two parts: Moreton First (the Junior School) for boys and girls aged 4–11 and the senior school for girls aged 11 and over. First Steps Nursery opened in 2007 for 1-4 year olds. The Principal is Jonathan Forster M.A., FRSA and the Head of Moreton First, Mrs C. Ford M.A., B.Sc.
Moreton Hall has a Learning Support tuition system, which is available to all students at no extra charge. The purpose is to encourage pupils, whatever their educational background, to grow in self-confidence and achieve academic success at GCSE, A Level and beyond. The 2009 A Level results place Moreton in 112th position nationally in the Daily Telegraph league table of Independent Schools.- At GCSE, results were also outstanding, placing Moreton 77th in the Daily Telegraph league tables.
There are six boarding houses, each with its own Housemistress, Assistant Housemistress and Tutor team, which includes resident tutors who assist in the running of the house. Day girls are also attached to one of the boarding houses and have the option to sleep over.
- The Stables Junior Dorm (up to Year 6, age 11) and Years 7-8 (age 11-13)
- Pilkington House for Years 9 (age 13-14)
- Gem House for Years 10 (age 14-15)
- Lloyd-Williams House for Year 11 (age 15-16)
- Rylands House for Year 12 (age 16-17)
- Charlesworth House for Year 13 (age 17-18)
Due to its semi-rural location, Moreton Hall is predominantly a boarding school. Flexible, weekly and full boarding is available to girls aged 8 and above. Most sixth formers are full boarders while day girls are welcome to board on an ad hoc basis.
Moreton Hall has four Divisions, which are separate from the boarding house system, called Calverts, Norton, Roberts and Vincents for which the pupils can earn points for work, sport, drama, music etc.
Moreton Hall has a large music department offering a wide range of musical activities to GCSE and A Level which are among the key fundamentals of the curriculum. The school has a wide range of musical groups and ensembles for all ages and abilities, and music tours abroad take place every two years. Tours have included venues such as St Mark's Basilica in Venice, St. Nicholas’ Church in Old Town Square (Prague) and Salzburg Cathedral. Past tours have visited Boston, Paris, Barcelona, Venice, Prague and Salzburg.
Lacrosse and Hockey are the principle winter sports; regularly girls are selected from the senior teams to represent the Junior Midlands Lacrosse team at the national territorial tournament. The school 2nd team are the current Welsh Lacrosse Association Rally champions.
Hockey is also played, with at least one team every year representing Shropshire at the Midland Regional Hockey Association Finals. Cross-country is another key winter sport, with many junior and senior girls being selected to represent the county and in 2010 the Junior team qualified for the English Schools’ Cross Country National Finals. Fourteen outdoor courts and one county-size indoor court are available for tennis. Athletics continues to grow as a major sport at Moreton during the summer term. Students have the opportunity to train at a track in Wrexham.
Drama and Public Speaking
Performing arts activities include music, drama, verse speaking, public speaking and debating. The Senior and Middle School put on two major plays/musicals every year and the Junior School put on plays throughout the year. Students regularly take part in Speaking and Debating competitions such as the Business and Professional Women’s Public Speaking Competition, The Shropshire Festival of Verse and Prose and Thomas Cranmer Awards.
Moreton Enterprises is a business venture which was established at the school 25 years ago. There are seven retail businesses and two service based businesses (Events Management and Environmental Services). The businesses are all managed by the Lower Sixth (Year 12)girls. The most recent addition to Moreton Enterprises is Ryman  which opened in Spring 2010. An early "Enterprise" was the re-opening of nearby Gobowen railway station, headed by Geography teacher David LLoyd and pupils at the school. David Lloyd is remembered by having a locomotive of the Wrexham & Shropshire Railway company named after him.
Noted Old Moretonians
- Thea Musgrave  Composer and Musician
- Kyffin Williams Landscape painter
- Denise Bates  Artist
- Alison Rylands  Artist
- Dame Linda Dobbs, High court judge
- Shahnaz Pakravan TV and radio presenter.
- Sheila Reid, Actress
- Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor of The Economist.
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