Moyles Court celebrates the start of a new term

Moyles Court School is celebrating another excellent set of examination results and all pupils and staff are excited about the start of a new academic year under the leadership of newly appointed Headmaster, Mr Richard Milner-Smith.

Happy pupils at the start of the new school term

Headmaster, Richard Milner-Smith comments: “It’s been a fantastic and uplifting start to the new academic year. I am extremely proud of our students and their achievements this summer.  They have worked hard and have been very positive, both in their studies and in their contributions to the life of the school. Each individual student has made significant progress and they have left Moyles Court confident and prepared for the next stage of their lives.  My congratulations go to the students and my gratitude to the teachers and parents who have supported them in their preparations for these examinations.”

To highlight one particular successful student, Chris Law gained an impressive 12 GCSEs with 8 A*s, 2 As and one B grade. Chris has won a Scholarship to study A levels at the internationally famous Gordonstoun School in Scotland.

This September sees the launch of the following:

Online GCSE in Psychology

Students in Year 11 will be starting an extra GCSE in Psychology this September that will be delivered online from a school in Cambridge. The GCSE in Psychology will be delivered to the pupils of Moyles Court by the Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies in an innovative trial. Year 11 pupil Charlotte said: “I am so fortunate to be able to have access to study Psychology.  I will be supervised in study sessions after school for 30 weeks, which then allows me to be flexible with my studies for my other GCSE subjects.”

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) launched

Moyles Court is also launching its new VLE this autumn. The VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) is a virtual classroom that allows teachers and students to communicate with each other online. Class information, learning materials, assignments and homework are provided via the Web and Students can log in from anywhere in the world to view this information and download assignments and required reading materials to their computers.

New website

Moyles Court has also proudly launched their new website which has been re-designed and updated to be as informative and as helpful to both present and future parents and pupils.

Richard Milner-Smith, Headmaster concludes: “The new website and all our recent innovations are a great way to kick start the new academic year at Moyles Court.  We are providing a wealth of information for students, parents, teachers and our community and these are fine examples of the steps being taken to ensure all of our pupils are supported as much as possible in their learning.”



Moyles Court appoint new Headmaster for September 2014

The Governors of Moyles Court School are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Richard Milner-Smith as Headmaster with effect from September 2014.

Richard Milner-Smith is currently Deputy Head at Moyles Court and will take over the leadership of the school following Mr Greg Meakin’s move on to a leadership position with the GEMS Education group, at Sherfield School in north east Hampshire.

Richard Milner-Smith has been the Deputy Head at Moyles Court School for 3 years, having previously worked at a number of ISA schools, building a wealth of experience in both academic and pastoral roles. Prior to his move to Moyles Court, Richard was an Assistant Head at Claires Court Schools in Maidenhead.

On his appointment, Richard said “I am thrilled, delighted and privileged to be offered this opportunity to lead and continue developing Moyles Court School. It is a school which has the children at the heart of all that it does and I look forward with excitement to building on its past successes and leading the School forward.”

Greg Meakin (Headmaster since September 2008) comments:  “Moyles Court is a wonderful school where my children have had a fantastic start to their education. The teachers and support staff are extremely talented and committed. It has been such a pleasure to be part of the school’s success with them and I thank the pupils and wonderful body of parents for their whole-hearted support throughout.”

Canon Stanley Royle, Chair of the Governors says: “The community at Moyles Court is very grateful to Greg Meakin for the leadership he has provided over the last six years and wish him well in his new appointment.   We are confident that the school will now progress to a new and exciting stage in its future under the inspirational guidance of Richard Milner-Smith.”


Moyles Court praised in recent inspection

Moyles Court has been praised for its teaching and support of pupils, following a recent inspection. CReSTeD (Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Puplis) inspected in May, focusing on the school’s effectiveness at providing Learning Support in a mainstream setting.

The report comments:

“Moyles Court School, with Mr Meakin (Headmaster) at the helm, exudes enthusiasm and happiness. The size of the school allows teachers and students to know and understand each other well. All students are given the opportunity to achieve to their full potential, through a broad and well balanced curriculum. Parents spoken to were overall very pleased with their choice of Moyles Court School for their children.

It is perceived as a place where students can settle in quickly and easily. One family has three children at the school currently and feels that their differing individual needs are well met. Access to the Senco and teaching staff is deemed to be easy and any issues arising are dealt with and resolved swiftly, in a caring manner. One parent described their ‘peace of mind now that their child’s Learning Support is regulated. Families liked the small class sizes and described the teaching staff as ‘lovely’, with the Learning Support team singled out for particular praise.

One father summed up his feelings by saying ‘It is a rarity to find a school interested in education, rather than just league tables and grades.”

Moyles Court has also proved to be successful with gifted and talented pupils, with Year 11 pupil Chris Law gaining a scholarship at world famous Gordonstoun school, to start in September.

U14’s Rounders v Bournemouth Collegiate School

As the first games in this year’s rounder’s season, we have made a positive start.  The girls were all focussed on the roles and responsibilities their positions held and worked very successfully as a team.

There was lots of communication between the girls as they were fielding first, and they got all of the BCS players out by ball 18, having scored just 2 rounders!   Determined but sensible batting during our first innings saw the girls score a steady number of ½ rounders, and 2 full rounders set us in the lead at 8 – 2.

A change of players for the second innings and a more cautious approach by BCS batters saw them score more points and level the score at 8 – 8.  We knew that going into our last batting session, we only needed to score ½ rounder to win.  The girls kept their heads and played with confidence to score a further 8 rounders and secure the win.

Final Score    Moyles Court – 16   Leaden Hall 8

Players of the Match: Batter – Alisha          Fielder – Rachel

Y4/5/6 Cricket Match vs Ballard School

Match Report

Moyles Court won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Edward opened the bowling and got the team off to a great start, taking 2 wickets in the first over of the game, putting Ballard straight on the back foot. Even when the opening spell from Edward and Harry was over, there was no let-up in the pressure, with Josh and Matthew doing a really good job in putting pressure on the batsmen. Josh took 3 wickets during his spell and Matthew bowled really tightly, getting one wicket only and conceding 5 runs from his allocation of 4 overs.

Edward then came on to bowl his last 2 overs and it was a great spell. His first over being a maiden, then he took a hatrick in his second over, to finish with 5 for 5 from his 4 overs. This was an excellent bowling performance with only 11 runs being scored from the bat; however the downside was that 32 extras were conceded which made Ballard’s final score a bit trickier than it needed to be.

The Moyles Court innings did not start well, losing Harry in the second over, this brought Edward to the crease and he looked busy from the start scoring a quick 7 before being caught and bowled. Callum took over the scoring and hit some nice shots and looked at ease at the crease. Matthew rotated the strike well throughout his innings and Moyles Court never looked in trouble, winning the game by 8 wickets with 6 overs remaining, a very comfortable victory. Matthew finishing 6 not out and Callum 11 not out.

Man of the Match: Edward

Y8/9 Cricket Match vs Ballard School

Match Report

Moyles Court lost the toss and were made to field first. The bowling this week was much better and we were able to reduce the extras given away. Jacob was the pick of the bowlers with good line and length, although the wickets were spread throughout the team this week. With another good show in the field we were able to restrict Ballard to a final score of 91.

When we went into bat after tea we unfortunately lost our best batsman Tom early on when he was caught behind for 4. However Jacob and Connor were able to bring us back into contention both scoring valuable runs. Unfortunately though, Ballard bowled equally well and we were unable to chase down the Ballard total, falling 15 runs short scoring a total of 77 for the loss of 3 wickets.

Men of the Match: Jacob and Jake

Moyles Court School joined the fun and games for Sport Relief!

Moyles Court School students took on their own challenge by doing the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile. Each class was sponsored by friends, family and the local community to take on a mile around the school grounds and raised as much money as possible for Sport Relief.

Paul Towler, PE Co-ordinator said: “Students and teachers at Moyles Court School love taking part in Sport Relief. It’s an excellent way to bring staff, students and the community together to get active, have fun and raise money for a great cause!”

The money pupils raisd this Sport Relief will help to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends the money raised by the public to give extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Ringwood, the UK and throughout the world a helping hand to turn their lives around.

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Moyles Court host Invitation Cross Country Event

On another glorious spring afternoon last week, 12 schools including a significant contingent from Moyles Court, took part in our annual Invitation Cross Country Event. On a challenging undulating course of 1.2 miles, over 100 runners began the afternoon with the U11s boys’ and girls’ races.

In the girls’ race, 1st place went to Amelia from Port Regis, 2nd to Heidi from Baden Powell and 3rd place went to Lucy from Clayesmore. In the boys’ race 1st place went to Jami from Port Regis, 2nd place went to Aidan from Leehurst Swan and 3rd place went to Ben from Baden Powell. Best placed Moyles Court boy was Archie in 22nd place and best placed girl was Lea in 31st place.

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Following the U11s race the U13s had 56 runners. In the girls’ race, 1st place went to Grace from Bournemouth Collegiate, 2nd to Ines Shakespeare from Hordle Walhampton and 3rd place went to Martha from Talbot Heath. In the boys’ race 1st place went to Jed from Bournemouth Collegiate, 2nd place went to Ruben from Clayesmore and 3rd place went to Christian from Bournemouth Collegiate. Best placed Moyles Court boy in the U13s was Toby in 13th place and best placed girl was Nia in 16th place.

Well done to all the competitors and a big thank you to all those who helped on the day.

Moyles Court pupils are winners at prestigious Art competition

It has been a busy time in the Moyles Court Art Department with results for pupils from two prestigious competitions.

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Mr Meakin, Headmaster, recently attended the ISA meeting at Trinity School which holds the regional Art competition and we are delighted to announce a clutch of winners from Moyles Court School. The results were as follows:

Winner- 3D Art, Key Stage 4: Jennifer ‘Blooming’

2nd place: 3D Art: Carlos ‘Alien Pod’

2nd place: 2D Art: Isabel ‘After O’Keefe

Highly Commended: Jordyn ‘Papercut’

Highly Commended: Year 7 group work ‘Postcard Prints’

Mr Meakin comments: “Congratulations to all our entrants and watch this space to see our winners, Jennifer, Carlos and Isabel go through to the National Finals next year.”

Also our ‘Big Draw’ event took place in November, leading to a submission of GCSE ‘Action’ painting for the International ‘Drawing Inspiration Awards’ run by the Campaign for Drawing. We received some great feedback from the judges and were short listed for the prize. The judging panel wrote a personal letter stating: “The short list, which included your entry, was more impressive than ever. Although your organisation did not win an award this time, the jury wanted me to pass on their congratulations and admiration for what you achieved. The rivalry was intense!”

Well done to Jasmine, Sarah , Alex, Isabel, Laurie, Morgan, Jennifer, Jordyn, Tom and Carlos for their submissions.