Students at Moyles Court School are celebrating academic success

Moyles Court  is celebrating a year of wonderful academic achievement. The 2015 GCSE results show a significant improvement on recent years with 80% of all grades at grade C or above. 71% of students who receive Learning Support at the school achieved 5 or more grades at A*-C, with 100% of the remaining pupils achieving 5 or more grades at A*-C. Lucy Phillips was the pick of the students with 5 A*grades, 4 A’s and 1 B grade. Overall, each student achieved just over one grade higher than they would normally be expected to achieve.

Headmaster, Richard Milner-Smith, at the end of his first year in post, is thrilled with the improvements that have been made. “I am delighted 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 we have got off to the best possible start.”

Not only have the Year 11 students performed well this year. Year 9 pupils passed their FCSE examinations in French and Spanish with 79% of all pupils achieving the highest possible grade, whilst the Junior School boasted a 100% pass rate for all those pupils who sat the 11+ examination for the nearby Grammar Schools.

“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.

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Viva Las Vegas at Moyles Court School!

Moyles Court School hosted a dazzling Las Vegas themed Summer Ball last Friday, 26th June, to help raise funds for a great outdoor learning project.

The black-tie ball took place in a grand marquee on the front lawn.  Guests thoroughly enjoyed canapés and fizz on arrival, a delicious 3 course dinner with wine followed by a fundraising auction and raffle. Entertainment included live music with amazing ‘Rat Pack’ artist William May, international master magician Dean Nicolas, plus casino, bar and disco.

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The Ball was generously sponsored by SKM Asset Management and other local business also donated an impressive variety of auction and raffle prizes.

Richard Milner-Smith, Headmaster, comments: “We had a superb evening of fun and we are immensely grateful to those who came along and supported our fundraising for our Forest School outdoor classroom. Our Forest School programme is designed to inspire play and learning in our natural outdoor environment and the proposed eco-classroom will engage our pupils of all ages through positive outdoor experiences.”

He continues: “We hope that this facility will allow extended delivery of the Forest Schools programme to benefit the local community. Moyles Court School will provide access to the facility free of charge for use by local schools and community groups on a weekly basis with sessions led by our Forest Schools Practitioner. The site is accessible, with adequate parking for mini-buses, allowing schools and groups from a wide radius to access and benefit from the facility.”

This classroom will be an environmentally friendly design, which will blend into the forest location and provide a permanent base for forest school delivery within the Moyles Court School grounds.

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‘You are never fully dressed without a smile’ at Moyles Court School!

The final note has been played, the final word spoken and the final step danced. The Moyles Court performance of ‘Annie’ is sadly over!

The audience at the Barrington Theatre, Ferndown, were temporarily transported to 1933 New York and they watched in awe as Annie (played by Sophie in Year 5) sang her heart out as she fought her battles with Miss Hannigan (played by Seren in Year 7), willed her relationship with Daddy Warbucks (played by Richard Milner-Smith, Moyles Court Headmaster) to succeed and thwarted the dastardly plot of Rooster and Lily!

Richard Milner-Smith, Headmaster says: “The quality of the production was simply outstanding. We had over 50 pupils performing in the show, ranging from Year 2 to Year 9. Everyone who took part performed with great confidence and skill and they all applied themselves brilliantly. Personally, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to spend time working with our pupils during this production and equally our staff thoroughly enjoyed taking on cameo roles.”

Mrs Suzanne Dixon, Head of Music and Director of Annie, adds: “This production will have created so many wonderful memories. I am so very proud of each and every cast member. The support and participation from the staff was superb. We are hugely grateful for all the family and friends of our pupils who came along to support and were wonderful audiences to perform to.”

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Car Booty’licious!

The Annual Moyles Court School Car Boot Sale took place last Saturday on the School playing fields.  It was lovely to see so many members of the School Community either buying or with their own tables.

The PTA did a marvellous job arranging the whole thing and supplying us with tea and coffee, cakes and bacon butties!  They raised just over £600, which is a fantastic sum.

The boarders would like to say a huge thank-you to all the parents and staff who donated items for the car boot sale.  We managed to raise over £50 which is going towards the end of term boarders party.

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Y9/8/7 Cricket Match vs Forres Sandle Manor – 20th May

Match Report

Moyles Court won the toss and chose to bat first. All our batsman made a contribution to a final score of 114 with top scorer’s being Max with 19, Aidan with 16 and Josh with 14 for the loss of just 2 wickets.

With some controlled bowling from Aidan, Josh, Harry and Luis and some good fielding, Moyles Court were able to keep the FSM score down to 51 for 4 in their overs, giving victory to Moyles Court by 62 runs.

Man-of-the-Match: Josh and Luis

Y6/5 Cricket Match vs Leehurst Swan School – 20th May

Match Report

Leehurst Swan won the toss and put Moyles Court in to bat first.  LHS bowled well in the early overs and our opening batsmen struggled to score runs. Unfortunately, Hayden was run out in the third over and then Edward – one of our strong batsmen was bowled out for a duck in the fourth over. All the following batsmen struggled to score with only Josh able to offer any resistance to the LHS bowling. At the end of our 16 overs, we were 38 for 8.

LHS opening batsmen got a solid start and were able to score 18 runs before we got our first wicket. We were able to take a further 3 wickets before LHS were able to knock up the required 39 runs in 10.4 overs for the loss of only 4 wickets.

We were well beaten in this game by a team that simply batted and bowled better than we did.  We will certainly be working on all areas of our game before our next game.

Man-of-the-Match: Josh

U11 Rounders vs The Park School – 20th May

Match Report

As The Park School arrived early, we had plenty of time, so played to get the whole team.

Moyles Court batted first and scored 18 rounders in 25 minutess and The Park only got 4 of our team out. Our aim then was to work hard to get players out to keep the score low.  We achieved this by getting their whole team out, within the time, for their score of only 7.5 rounders.

We had time left to have a short 2nd innings of 18 balls each team. This brought the final score to 23.5 to 12 to Moyles Court.

Both sides used this game as a coaching match, to give advice during play so hopefully our team learnt from the experience. However, they still did well to win by such a large score and to succeed in getting so many players out.

 Players of the Match:    Tatum – for backing up players, stopping the ball and making quick decisions and strong batting and Chloe for effort in backing up.

Final Score:  Park School – 12 rounders    Moyles Court –  23.5 rounders


Y4/3 Rounders Match vs Buckholme Towers School – 12th May

Match Report

In a well contested game Moyles Court batted first and with some excellent batting from most members of the team we were able to score 7 rounders. Our running between the bases was excellent and our batsmen were able to find gaps in the Buckholme field. When Buckholme batted, our fielders were able to constantly put the batsmen under pressure and they struggled to score rounders.  Moyles Court were able to restrict the opposition to scoring just 5 rounders and ended up winning by 2 rounders.

Players-of-the-Match: Harrison and Maia

Y6/5 Rounders Match vs Buckholme Towers School – 13th May

Match Report

Buckholme Towers won the toss and asked Moyles Court to bat first. With a strong batting line-up we were able to score 15 rounders in our first innings. With most players contributing towards the score and with some excellent running between the posts, this was a formidable score to beat.

When Buckholme Towers came in to bat Moyles Court dominated the pitch with some really good fielding, excellent catching and accurate throwing to bases. We were able to get the required 3 players of Buckholme out for just 5 rounders.

The second game went the same way, with a victory of 7 rounders to 5 in favour of Moyles Court and the last game resulted in a draw of 2-2. Credit should go to all members of the team who all batted and fielded really well.

Players-of-the-Match: Josh, Henry and Edward