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

U11 Cricket vs Forres Sandle Manor School U12 – 21 June

Match Report

The final game of the season was played in extremely hot conditions and against a considerably older side, but the U11s finished their season in commendable style. FSM batted first and lost two early wickets. The first was a fine catch behind the stumps by Tommy, off the bowling of Jack and the second a wonderful catch by Ben off the bowling of Lincoln. FSM then started to score more freely and despite some tight bowling by Sam and Harrison they were able to post a good score.

The Moyles Court chase was a steady one, with all of the batsman coping well with the older bowlers. As wickets started to fall, Harrison dug in and was well supported by Sam who scored a couple of lovely boundaries to keep the opposition on their toes. In the end, Moyles Court fell short of the required total, but can be very proud of the way in which they played in such conditions. For Jack, Adam and Lewis, it was their last game for Moyles Court and on behalf of everyone, I would like to thank them for the contribution they have made to the cricket team over the last few years. Well played boys.


Sam for his impressive batting and bowling and to Jack for his wonderful captaincy in his last game for Moyles Court.

U11 Cricket vs Leehurst Swan School – 7 June

Match Report

This was another fabulous game of cricket and a genuine team effort from the ever spirited U11 squad. Leehurst Swan were put into bat and made a very strong start, with their openers rapidly accumulating runs. Just when they looked on course for a huge total, debutant Lincoln turned the game around with a wonderful piece of bowling and fielding to run out one of their opening batsmen. Jack then removed the other opener soon after and Leehurst’s run rate quickly diminished. Some further excellent bowling from Ben, Harrison and Sam, backed up with some brilliant fielding from Rohan and Lewis, kept the visitors under pressure. The icing on the cake was then applied by Lincoln, who claimed his second run out of the game, with a direct hit from cover point. A fabulous effort from all of the team that limited Leehurst to just 69 runs.

However, Moyles had a difficult start to their innings, losing both openers to some impressive bowling from Leehurst. Harrison and Rohan rebuilt the innings with great patience and skill, with Rohan scoring particularly freely. However, when these two fell in quick succession, Moyles struggled to keep up with the required run rate and finished 20 runs short of the Lee Hurst total. It was a super team effort, well played boys.


Rohan for his wonderful batting and fielding and Lincoln for his two runs outs and great bowling in his first game for the U11’s.

U11 Cricket vs Leehurst Swan School

Match Report

It was a day made for cricket. The sun was shining and the Moyles Court grounds were looking at their absolute finest. In their second match of the season, Moyles Court were up against a strong Leehurst Swan side. Batting first, the hosts made a very impressive start with Jack and Sam putting on 30 for the first wicket. Freddie kept the scoreboard ticking over and was joined late on by Rohan, but some very tight bowling from the visitors limited Moyles to a total of 50 runs from their 15 overs.

Leehurst Swan made an aggressive start and looked to be cruising to victory. However, two quick wickets for Sam and one for Jack did give the hosts some hope, but ultimately, it was not enough and the visitors reached their victory target in the tenth over. A mention must go to Harrison for his excellent bowling and also to Anthony, Lewis, Abdul, Adam and Sam for showing great willingness to bowl for the first time in a competitive match. Well played boys.

Man-of-the-Match: Sam MS for his excellent bowling today and Harrison for opening the bowling for the first time and doing a superb job for his team.

U11 Cricket vs The Park School

The opening game of the U11 cricket season was played in typically overcast and chilly conditions, but it turned out to be a highly entertaining and exciting encounter. The Park School batted first and got off to a good start. Sam and Jack bowled with accuracy, but could not prevent their opening batsmen from reaching 20 before retiring. Harrison and Tommy kept up the good bowling, but it was Freddie who took the first wicket of the game with a beautiful delivery. Park went on to reach 93 from their 12 overs; a challenging target for the visitors.

Moyles Court made a good start with Freddie and Jack opening the batting. Jack played some lovely shots to push the scoring on and when he was joined by Sam the visitors were looking capable of reaching their target. However, following the wicket of Jack, Moyles Court’s run rate started to dwindle and they finished their 12 overs on a very creditable 72, just 21 runs behind.

Man-of-the-Match: Freddie for taking the first wicket of the season and bowling with great accuracy and Jack for hitting the first boundary of the season. Well played boys.

Y6/5 Cricket U9’s vs Park School

Match Report

In their first game, Moyles Court U9’s started strongly, with some good batting from Finley and Charlie. Evan continued with some excellent shots, but some questionable calling led to three quick run-outs, which proved costly at the conclusion of the game.

In the second innings Moyles Court bowled well. Lincoln showed great improvement, as did several other players in the team, and Park struggled to score runs. Unfortunately a few dropped catches proved costly, and with the ‘Pairs Cricket’ scoring system in place, where each wicket costs the batting team 5 runs, the earlier run-outs meant that despite dominating with bat and ball, Moyles Court narrowly lost a closely fought game by a few runs.

Mr Hosking was extremely pleased with the boy’s attitude and approach to what for many, was their first competitive game of cricket. They displayed great application and the improvement with their bowling and fielding should prove promising for future games.

Man-of-the-Match: Evan

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!”

Y6/5 Rugby vs Leehurst Swan – 15th March 2017

On a glorious Spring afternoon, we were treated to a fabulous game of rugby at LHS. Our Y5/6 team started the game superbly, keeping possession of the ball well and going through a number of phases before Jack stormed over for the first try of the game. LHS equalised soon after, but the first third ended all square with both sides coming close to taking the lead.

In the second third, Moyles Court continued to press, with Tommy having a particularly strong game in midfield and consistently making inroads into the LHS defence. Rohan was leading the tackle count at this stage and it was a good break from him that enabled Sam to dart through the LHS defence to regain the lead. LHS responded well with a couple of good tries, but another try from Jack meant that Moyles Court finished the second third in a strong position and looking dangerous.

The final third was a scintillating contest, with Moyles Court desperately trying to turn some good possession into scores. However, it was LHS that secured the win with a couple of fine solo tries, but what a game and what a performance.


Tommy and Rohan. Tommy for his bulldozing runs and immense support play and Rohan for his phenomenal tackle count.

Y9/8/7 Rugby Match vs Yarrells School – 8th March

Match Report

In a closely contested match Yarrells took advantage of a sluggish start by Moyles Court and scored the first try. Yarrells continued to dominate early possession, but excellent tackling from Bobby and Harry kept the opposition at bay. However, after surviving the early pressure Max equilised with a well worked try from the scrum. This try gave Moyles Court a boost of confidence and they began to play with more spirit and togetherness and it wasn’t long before we took the lead with a try from Andy Warner. Although Yarrells soon levelled the score with a fine try of their own, Harry gave us the lead with another fine try. In the last few minutes of the game this lead was extended with another try from Andy.

Credit should go to the whole squad who all made a positive contribution to a well-deserved victory.

Man-of-the-Match: Andy

Y6/5 Rugby vs Leehurst Swan & Talbot House Schools – 8th March

Match Report

On a drizzly, damp afternoon the U11 rugby team entertained teams from Leehurst Swan and Talbot House in a thoroughly entertaining mini tournament. The opening match against Talbot House was a classic with great running rugby and resilient defence from both teams. Anthony continued his fine start to the season with a very well taken try, following some typically robust work in midfield from Jack. Talbot House hit back with two tries of their own, only for Sam to score a fine try in the corner to bring the scores level. With time running out for both teams, it was Talbot House who managed to conjure up a winning try, to bring a thoroughly competitive and entertaining match to an end.

The second match against Leehurst Swan B was another tense encounter with both teams defending brilliantly. Try scoring opportunities were kept to a minimum, but great work from Archie and Rohan nearly created the opening that Moyles Court were craving. Eventually LHS found a way through the Moyles Court defence and scored the only try of the game to sneak a fine win.

In the final game, Moyles Court competed valiantly against LHS A team, making them work hard for their opportunities. Finlay was having a great game in his first outing for the team and despite losing by three tries to nil, the performance was a very pleasing one.


Jack, for his persistence and great ball carrying skills that created plenty of try scoring opportunities.