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Students at Moyles Court School are celebrating further academic success

The non-selective, 3 -16, day and boarding independent school near Ringwood is celebrating another year of wonderful academic achievement. The 2017 GCSE results continue to show the significant improvements being made at the school in recent years with a stunning set of GCSE results. 100% of pupils gained 5 or more GCSE’s at A*-C, including Maths and English, with nine subjects achieving 50% or more of their grades at A and A*. On average each pupil achieved over a grade more than they would normally be expected to achieved

Headmaster, Richard Milner-Smith is delighted with the improvements that continue to be made.

 “For a non-selective school such as ourselves, these are fantastic results. I am thrilled for our Year 11 students who have worked so very hard to achieve these wonderful results. They have been brilliantly supported by all the staff at our school, who also deserve enormous credit. One of my key targets as the new Head was to raise the academic profile of our school and I am delighted to see such great progress being made in this area. Young people are put under a huge amount of pressure in today’s world, but we know that by creating a happy, caring environment they will perform well and, importantly, will enjoy doing so.”

 “Our small class sizes, a dedicated staff, and not to mention our glorious location, all help to create a fantastic learning environment for our pupils. It has been a wonderful year for the school and we look forward to building on this success over the next few years,” said Richard Milner-Smith. “This summer has seen a new Science Laboratory and significant investment in the IT facilities of the school with our IT suite completely refurbished and the purchase of laptops for the use in our classrooms. It is a hugely exciting time at Moyles Court!”

Please click here for a full summary of our GCSE results  2017 Results

A Global Development Day for Moyles Court Students

Key Stage 3 students at Moyles Court School had a day full of activities to support Fairtrade Fortnight (27th February – 12th March 2017). Year 7 and 8 students undertook a variety of activities and workshops designed to encourage an active and responsible attitude towards a range of global inequalities and development issues, such as poverty and interdependence.

Students were able to talk to a representative from Traidcraft to find out about the work that this organisation does to support producers in developing countries, and the difference we can make to their lives just by buying Fairtrade products.

A speaker from Oxfam talked about the work that this charity does to reduce poverty in so many countries, from providing emergency relief through to long-term aid projects to provide clean, safe water, education, improved healthcare, and much more.  Some students had a go at making clay pots or carving wooden spoons – helping them to realise the skill, patience and hard work that goes into producing objects that we take for granted every day, and how easy life is for us with the machines and so many gadgets to do the hard work for us.

Other students followed the story of cotton from seed to garment – a long process involving some very poor conditions, but which Fairtrade is improving. Students then decorated their own Fairtrade cotton bags to promote this worthy cause.

It was a different day for the Year 9 students who spent the day with Sunrise Bushcraft and found out just how hard life can be trying to survive without all of our modern conveniences. Preparing their own lunch involved making bread as well as gutting and filleting the fish that had been caught for them. They had to prepare and start a fire, gathering the correct types of sticks needed and using a variety of techniques to get the fire going, and keep it going!

In the afternoon, they tried their hand at shelter building—learning from their first attempt that it is important not to use dead or rotten wood as the weight of the other material on top will lead to it collapsing! Once covered thoroughly, these shelters can last for weeks. However, the students admitted they prefer their home comforts.

All of these activities were great fun for a day and the students left tired and muddy, but with an appreciation of how lucky they are. At the end of the school day students, staff and parents all celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight with some delicious cookies and cakes, baked by some of the students using Fairtrade ingredients.

Mrs Sam Benham, Head of Geography adds: “It was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all and the students now have a better understanding of life in other countries and the issues they face. With an appreciation of what we have, we can also make a difference to someone else’s life, just by going shopping. Moyles Court students will definitely be looking out for the Fairtrade logo!”

Students at Moyles Court School are celebrating academic success

Moyles Court is celebrating a year of wonderful academic achievement. The 2016 GCSE results continue to show the significant improvements being made at the school in recent years with 93% of pupils gaining 5 or more GCSE’s at A*- C.

Head Girl Jenny Hancock achieved 5 A* grades, 1 A and 4 B’s, Bradley Homer achieved 2 A* grades, 4 A’s and 2 B’s and Adam Haycox achieved 1 A*, 5 A’s and 5 B’s.

Headmaster, Richard Milner-Smith is delighted with the improvements that have been made.

“I am thrilled for our Year 11 students who have worked so very hard to achieve these wonderful results. They have been brilliantly supported by all the staff at our school, who also deserve enormous credit. One of my key targets as the new Head was to raise the academic profile of our school and I am delighted to see such great progress being made in this area.”

“Our small class sizes, a dedicated staff, and not to mention our glorious location, all help to create a fantastic learning environment for our pupils. It has been a wonderful year for the school and we look forward to building on this success over the next few years,” said Richard Milner-Smith.

Moyles Court GCSE press release photo

Moyles Court School is holding an Open Morning on Saturday 1st October, 10am-12.30pm, an opportunity to come and learn more about what we can offer your child.

Moyles Court hosts Rotary Club Inter-School Photography Exhibition

Moyles Court School was honoured to host the exhibition and presentations of Awards at the annual local Inter-School Photography Competition 2015-16, supported by The Rotary Club of Ringwood.

The competition, entitled ‘Life Through a Lens’, has four categories or age groups: 7 to 11 years old, 12 to 16 years, 17 to 18 years and an Adult category. The participating schools include Moyles Court, Ringwood Junior School, Ringwood Senior School, Poulner Infants School and Downton Primary School. This year 850 entries were submitted and judged.

Stuart Fielder, Head of Photography at Ringwood Senior School comments:  “An outlet for creativity amongst young people is such a powerful thing, and the accessibility of Photography in particular holds such democratising appeal.

The opportunity for children from a range of abilities and from a range of schools to compete on an even playing field, and ultimately have their work celebrated on such a wonderful evening is something everybody involved should be hugely proud of.  Viewing over 850 entries was never onerous because of the enthusiasm that you could sense in every entry, it was a privilege to be involved.”

The award ceremony and exhibition took place at Moyles Court School on Friday 29th April.  Mr Richard Milner-Smith, Headmaster comments: “We were honoured to be asked to host this year’s award ceremony as it a very important event in our school calendar. The quality of the photographs was extraordinary and all the pupils should be very proud of the fact that their work made it to the exhibition.”

Mr Geoff Ridgeway, Past President of The Rotary Club of Ringwood adds: “Stuart has always had great aspirations for this competition and his enthusiasm has proved infectious!  The event has certainly blossomed over the last 4 years when it was established – we now have the most amazing inter schools photographic competition, involving 5 schools and 850 entries this year.  We are very grateful for the support of our sponsors, the Ringwood Camera Club, Ellingham House Day Nursery and Wessex Photographic and look forward to supporting this competition again next year.”

Georgia Vitty, a pupil from Moyles Court and Runner-up in the age 12-16 age group says: “My Dad got me interested in photography and when I was visiting Blenheim Palace in High Wycombe, I was inspired to get the camera out. Getting through to the final and seeing my photograph displayed at the exhibition was enough for me but then to hear my name being announced as a runner-up in my category was just amazing!”

Group winners  Georgia Vitty



Moyles Court School partners with Broadway Education

Moyles Court School in Ringwood partnered with Broadway Education during April in order to further capitalise on Moyles Court’s success under the Headmastership of Richard Milner-Smith.  The new strategic relationship complements Broadway Education’s portfolio of schools and allows Moyles Court to build on its momentum, which culminated in the best results in the school’s history and a place in The Sunday Times Top 50 small schools.

Moyles Court found Broadway Education an attractive proposition, because it shares the same values and ethos and is a stable and experienced partner.  Broadway Education, owned by Lymington family Mark and Jo Broadway, has a portfolio of three schools; Talbot House Preparatory School in Bournemouth, a successful feeder school for Bournemouth and Poole Grammar Schools, St. Michael’s School in South Wales and Bosworth Independent College in Northampton, both of which are listed in the Telegraph Top 100 ‘A’ level rankings for 2015.  All are respected schools with their own strong identities and leadership teams, and each has a strong reputation for a high standard of learning.

Moyles Court had impressed Broadway Education with its strong leadership team, its committed individualised learning strategy and both schools saw an instant synergy.

Emma Haworth, Headteacher at Talbot House School commented: “Walking through the door of Moyles Court was like walking into any one of our schools; happy, smiling faces yet with a diligent focus on the task in hand.  We share Richard’s view that happiness at school begins in a caring, nurturing environment, children can then thrive, grow and become successful in their own way.”

Richard Milner Smith has struck a chord with the press over the last couple of years with his very firm commitment to individualised learning at an affordable price: “Finding a strategic partner who empathised with our ethos was a gem of a find.  It will enable our school to flourish at a much faster rate as we proceed, business as usual, towards our vision of being the exceptional school in the region.   I look forward to continuing at the helm of Moyles Court and taking on a bold, new chapter.”

Moyles Court School is holding an Open Morning on Saturday 14th May, 10am-12.30pm, where you can learn more about the new partnership.

Moyles Court School is well-established with a history of more than 50 years as a school and an even longer history as Moyles Court.  The school is a day and boarding co-ed school taking pupils from 2½ to 16 years.  The school is located on a generous site of 14 acres near Ringwood and within the New Forest.

Mark Broadway and Richard Milner-Smith


For more information contact

Catrin Milner-Smith Moyles Court School 01425 472856

Jo Broadway, Broadway Education


Notes for the Editor

Broadway Education has a proven track record in nurturing individual schools to academic success with Chief Executives, Mark and Jo Broadway at the helm.  Mark himself has been Headmaster of two of his schools and now looks after the strategic element of the Group, along with Chairman Mike McQuin, a highly experienced individual well-respected within the education sector.  Jo Broadway heads a team of experienced teachers, marketing and support staff and brings a listening, caring and innovative approach to people management.

British Powerlifting Champion at Moyles Court!

Moyles Court has another National Champion! Jenny competed last weekend in the British Powerlifting Championships in the 57kg weight category sub junior and after lifting 65kg in the squat, 47.5kg in the bench press and an amazing 97.5kg in the dead lift, she was crowned British Champion! She will now potentially have the chance to compete with the best in Europe, whilst also concentrating on her GCSE exams in the summer.

Mr Milner-Smith comments: “This is a fantastic achievement from a wonderful young lady. Well done Jenny!”


Moyles Court Invitation Cross-Country Event

On Wednesday, we held our annual Moyles Court Invitation Cross-Country event.  Due to the change in date we had less than half the entries of previous years, seven schools in total, but with a promise of all the usual schools entering next year, we were blessed with a cool but sunny afternoon.

Both the junior boys and girls races were won by St. Francis School but Baden Powell and Leehurst Swan schools ran them close in both races.

Moyles Court School’s highest placed runners were Alex in the boys’ race, he finished 18th and Lea who finished 20th in the girls’ race.

Again, in the senior races, St. Francis School won both the boys and girls team races, although the girls’ race was shared with Talbot Heath.  However, Moyles Court senior boys’ team did well to finish second – so well done to Max 6th, Archie 7th and Richard 8th.

In very competitive races all the runners from Moyles Court managed to complete the course and I am sure they will have learned a lot from their experiences.

A great afternoon was had by all – a huge well done everyone!

Moyles Court Sporting Champions!

Jenny is in Year 11 and in her thirteenth and final year as a pupil at Moyles Court School. Jenny is now, very deservedly, Head Girl.

She began working towards her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in January this year and as part of the scheme pupils have to complete a physical aspect of the course and she chose power lifting.

Having started in January, she took part in her first competition in April where she qualified for the British Championships. On the 31st October Jenny proudly became the Sub Junior British Champion in her age and weight category – competing against twenty other girls!

Jenny comments: “I chose powerlifting as my Mum inspired me as she has been power lifting for four years. You have to be very dedicated as need to train three times a week.  I am thrilled to win this tropy after only been training for less than a year. ”

Moyles Court also celebrated success last Wednesday at the Independent School Association (ISA) Southwest Swimming Gala at Sherbourne School.  As a result of winning their heats, Elliott in Year 10 and Rachel in Year 9 have been selected to represent the South West of England at the National Independent Schools Association Swimming Championships in January at the Olympic Aquatic Centre in London.

Mr Milner-Smith, Headmaster adds: “They are wonderful ambassadors for our school and have  competed with great enthusiasm and skill – I am extremely proud of them and what a wonderful opportunity for our swimmers to be competing in London – we wish them both the very best of luck.”

Jenny Hancock Moyles Court     ISA Swimming champions

Bake-Off battle at Moyles Court supports Poppy Appeal

Moyles Court History Club arranged a memorable ‘Remembrance Day Bake-Off’ as a Poppy Appeal fund raising activity.  The students designed and created sold the most amazing and delicious homemade shortbread and cakes. A cheque for over £130 will be sent off to the Royal British Legion.

The results of the Bake-Off were announced at their school assembly this week and the overall winner of the ‘Remembrance Bake-Off Award’ went to Lucy Brimble and Rachel Goff in Year 9 for their design and authentic and traditional Red Cross Trench cake.

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Headmaster, Richard Milner-Smith adds: “Our weekly History Club continues to provide an excellent forum for the exchange and discussion of ideas for our pupils and I am immensely proud of the pupils’ efforts and money raised for the Poppy Appeal.”

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