Strictly Moyles Court dancing star!

Having been auditioned by Strictly Come Dancing stars Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite, Ollie Woolaway in Year 11 at Moyles Court School, got to perform on live TV in front of the Queen at the naming ceremony of the new cruise liner, Britannia.Strictly Ollie!

Ollie was asked to join the Strictly Come Dancing stars as they prepared a ‘Secret’ Jive. There was over 12 hours of work put in to master the routine that lasted just over 2 minutes!

Richard Milner-Smith, Headmaster comments: “Congratulations to Ollie, a testament to his hard work, dedication and talent.  I am sure HRH, the crowd and larger viewing audience thoroughly enjoyed the show! We are all very proud of him.”

Under 11 Netball vs Ballard School – 18th March

Match Report

Ballard brought a large squad and so rather than play 2 teams against Moyles Court we decided to play one 7-aside game and a 5-aside which was a mix of Ballard and Moyles Court reserves.

In the 7-aside match Moyles Court had a strong start and were shooting well to be 6-1 ahead at half time. Ballard intercepted well but often gave the ball away with poor footwork.  Moyles Court however, had good basic skills and with better spacing and more experience could grow stronger.  The final result was a comfortable 9-5 win for Moyles Court.

The second 5-aside match was a friendly game enjoyed by all with Moyles Court and Ballard mixing together well. The Red team eventually won 3-1.

Final Score : Moyles Court – 9   Ballard – 5

Player of the Match :  Tatum

Y6/5 Football Match vs Buckholme Towers – 18th March

Match Report

Moyles Court took part in a closely competed 8-a-side fixture versus Buckholme Towers in what proved to be an enjoyable afternoon. Moyles Court started with Alfie in goal, with both Callum and Joe providing a defensive shield in front of him. Henry, Josh and Alex added steel, determination and pace in midfield with Edward up front, supported by Harrison playing an advanced midfield role.

Moyles Court saw a lot of the ball in the early exchanges but struggled to form any coherent attacks in the opening half due to a few misplaced passes and the ball not reaching the more advanced players.  Buckholme struck early on with a finely worked goal from their left hand side which found its way into the box and was slotted in by their chief striker.  Moyles Court however responded very strongly and were level within seconds.  Henry Howe dispossessed the ball off the opposition in midfield and found Alex on the right wing, who in turn provided an excellently driven cross into the box which was expertly dispatched by Edward.

Disaster then struck as Moyles Court conceded a penalty after a clumsy mistimed tackle in the box. However, they were handed a lifeline as Alfie, who is enjoying a fine run of form in the team and is regarded as one of the best shot-stoppers in the school, saved the penalty by diving down low and kept hold of it to prevent the on-rushing Buckholme team from sneaking in a rebound.  Moyles were in very high spirits after this and now started to show off some sharp, quicker passing and created several decent chances of their own.

Buckholme were given a boost before half time when a poor goal-kick was intercepted by the Buckholme midfield, who promptly found the net within two passes. Moyles Court were down 2-1 at the break despite being the better team at the end of the half.

In the second half, a tactical change saw Henry play a slightly more advanced role on the right with Josh now driving from the centre of midfield. William now replaced Harrison and Jimmy also made an appearance for Joe, as the team took advantage of their ability to play rolling substitutions.  Jimmy gained in confidence as the half progressed and made a number of key interceptions, whilst William carried on his good form and enabled Moyles Court to pass the ball better. Moyles Court created more chances in the second half and found the net with a superb volley from Henry from outside of the box.

Buckholme were reeling from the now cohesive, confident and dangerous Moyles Court attack. Alex had an opportunity and, with his back to goal, spun around in the box and would have found the net if not for some superb goalkeeping from the Buckholme keeper.  Moyles Court then hit the

bar after another fine save from the goalkeeper and Josh was now becoming the most dangerous player on the field thanks to his driving runs. He almost capped off a superb second half display with a goal, but was tackled at the very last moment before the trigger was pulled.

All of Moyles Court’s work was seemingly undone in the final quarter of the game when another poor goal kick saw our defence quickly dispossessed and the ball found its way into the net for the third time in the match. Buckholme now led 3-2 despite Moyles Court dominating the match. However, the players kept their hands up and continued to create chances.  As the half went on, Moyles Court couldn’t find that clear chance to grab the equaliser as both the goalkeeper and his defence defended well in the closing exchanges.  Hearts were in mouths as Buckholme broke quickly from a corner and found themselves one-on-one with Alfie, who dived low to put off the Buckholme attacker and saw the shot dragged well wide.

In the final minute of the game, Buckholme grabbed a controversial goal as the Moyles Court defence were adamant that the ball had gone out of play before being headed in.  However, the goal stood and the match finished 4-2 to Buckholme Towers, despite Moyles Court enjoying most of the possession and creating the better chances.   Court were positive in defeat and have outlined a number of ways in which they will improve in the next game, notably by becoming more clinical with their chances and by tightening up their defence in order to prevent sloppy goals, as was the case today.

Men-of-the-Match: This goes to both Alfie and Josh.  Alfie provided an excellent penalty save and gained in confidence with his shot stopping abilities, whilst Josh grew in stature during the second half and was at the heart of most of Moyles Court’s great play.

Y4 Football Match vs Claires Court School – 20th March

Match Report

Our visitors, Claires Court School from Maidenhead, were playing us whilst on tour in the area. In our first game against their ‘A’ team we unfortunately conceded an early goal and this put us on the back foot. However as the game progressed we grew in confidence and we started to play some better football. Despite periods of good possession though, we conceded two further goals in the second half and ended up losing the first game 3 – 0.

In the second game against their ‘B’ team we again had periods of good possession and in fact had several goal scoring opportunities which we failed to convert. Although no one team dominated play, Claires Court converted one of their goal scoring opportunities to again win the second game by 1-0. A special mention should go to Edward in goal, who made some excellent saves in goal and Rohan Moss who made numerous tackles to thwart opposing attacking moves.

Men-of-the-Match: Edward and Rohan

Moyles Court cuts fees and plans ‘door-to-door’ service

At a time when most independent school parents will be contemplating another above-inflation annual rise in fees, most families at Moyles Court School, in Ringwood, will be paying an average of 15% LESS next school year than they are this year.

Headmaster Mr Richard Milner-Smith said: “Independent education is sometimes thought of as exclusive, the preserve of the very rich only. Our aim is to overcome that prejudice and to convince many more parents that it is the right choice for their children.”

It’s all part of a new two-part strategy on the part of the 200-pupil school to bring its outstanding individualised education to more families, including many who may have thought they could not afford it.

As well as the fee reduction, the school is introducing an expanded and subsidised ‘doorstep to school’ transport plan to ensure that no child within its catchment area is unable to get to school because of transport problems.

Moyles Court is a co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged three to 16. Its historic buildings lie within a 14-acre site is in the heart of the New Forest and only a short walk from open heath land and woodland, offering a perfect outdoor classroom for geography, biology and history lessons, or space for outdoor sports.

Mr Milner-Smith added: “What Moyles Court has to offer is, in a sense, beyond price: an education, tailored to the individual needs of each child, in an idyllic setting. As well as our listed main building, we have enviable modern facilities including a new library, modern sports hall, outdoor multi-sports courts, extensive playing fields and art and ICT studios.

“Many, perhaps most, parents would consider this to be far beyond their means.  By reducing the financial cost very substantially we intend to show many families that they can in fact afford the undoubted benefits of an independent education for their children.”

Parents of children in Moyles Court’s junior school will be paying an average 15% less next year: for example, new parents of Reception Class children will pay £1,775 per term, compared with £2,029 this year whilst existing parents from the Nursery will pay only £1,500 per term.

In the senior school, the average cut will be lower, reflecting the higher cost of secondary education, but new Year 7 parents will pay £3,620 per term, compared with £4,220 this year and again existing parents will get an additional reduction making the termly fee just £3,500. Fees for the GCSE years, 10 and 11, will be frozen at the current year’s level.

Simultaneously with the fee reductions, the school’s transport network, currently comprising four bus routes, will be expanded to cover a wider area with six routes. And, explained Bursar Geraldine Smith: “We will design the transport provision around families’ needs. If any child cannot be served by any of the bus routes we will provide a doorstep-to-school service to ensure that transport is not an obstacle.”

Moyles Court pupils with Headmaster

U9 Netball vs Bournemouth Collegiate School – 11th March

Match Report

Moyles Court had a very young team needing to play reserves, (due to absences) some girls playing in their first match. B.C.S. had a large squad with some older girls. Despite this, Moyles Court had plenty of enthusiasm.

B.C.S. shot well in the first quarter to be 5-1 ahead but Moyles Court fought back to win the next quarter 3-2!

Moyles Court continued to play hard – learning all the time with the match experience – the scores being equal after half time.  A good result!

Final Score : Moyles Court – 6    B.C.S. – 9

Player-of-the-Match: Lola

Effort and Determination : Isabella and Maia

Y7/6 Rugby Match vs Yarrells School – 11th March

Match Report

This was an evenly contested game, with both teams supporting the ball carrier well with some fine individual play from some of the players in both teams. Although Moyles Court ended the first half 12 – 0 down, they did have opportunities to score.

In the second half we were soon back in the game however, with an excellent try and conversion from Harry. Despite further excellent passing movements and runs from Henry, Josh and Harry in particular, we were kept out by some good defending by Yarrells. The final score was 17 – 7 in favour of the opposition.

Man–of-the-Match : Harry

U11 Netball vs Buckholme Towers – 4th March

Match Report

It was a steady start by Moyles Court who achieved their aim by preventing the opposition from scoring in the first quarter.

The second quarter saw Buckholme Towers score 3 goals in succession. Unfortunately, Moyles Court struggled to score as two of our key shooters were not playing due to a cross-country event they were running in.

However, our team fought hard and although not able to score more than 1 in the second half they prevented the opposition from scoring more than 1 also.

The final score was 1-4, a vast improvement on the score of 1-10 in the previous fixture with Buckholme just 4 weeks ago.

Final Score

Moyles Court: 1          Buckholme Towers :4

Player of the Match: Tatum and Eleanor

Effort and Determination:  Lola

History comes alive at Moyles Court

The clock was turned back at Moyles Court School just before half term as staff, students and guests gathered for an evening of music and recitations from the Victorian period. Mr Milner-Smith, resplendent in cap and gown, was a suitably attired Headmaster, and the colourful and imaginative costumes worn by those attending conveyed just the right atmosphere. A former pupil kindly agreed to take portrait photographs of the guests.

Mr Milner-Smith Victorian Headmaster

A beautifully-presented finger buffet was prepared and served by the GCSE Catering and Hospitality group before the evening’s entertainment began. Singing, dancing, piano solos, a recitation, and a dramatised reading – the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland – all went to make up a truly authentic Victorian ‘parlour evening’.

Mrs Butterfield, Head of History comments: “We would like to thank all those who took part and made this event so enjoyable.  When history comes to life for our pupils, it makes all the difference to their learning experience and to have so much fun along the way is just magical.”​

Victorian eve 1

Victorian Eve 2

Victorian Eve 3

U13’s 7-a-side Rugby Tournament at Durlston Court School – 25th February

Match Report

Our first game was against the host’s Durlston Court.  Although we had periods in the game where we had opportunities to score, we only managed to get over the try line once and in the end we were beaten 17 – 5.  In our second game against Sunninghill, we again had periods of good possession but silly mistakes allowed the opposition to win this game 21-14. Our third game was against Salisbury Cathedral and in this game we played our best rugby to come out victors by 17 -7. Our final game was against Bournemouth Collegiate who beat us convincingly 27-7. Although finishing 4th out of 5, we were competitive in all but the last game.

A special mention should go to Josh for scoring some excellent tries and making numerous tackles, Ramon for winning most of the lineouts, Aidan for his great ball handling skills, Toby for his darting runs with the ball in his hands and finally Harry for his accurate kicking of conversions.

Man-of-the-Match:  Josh