Moreton Hall, one of the UK’s top performing independent schools, based in Oswestry has been shortlisted in the prestigious TES Independent School of the Year Awards 2019. The awards identify the most outstanding individuals and institutions that the independent sector has to offer.

Moreton Hall has been recognised in the category ‘Whole-school community initiative of the year’ reflecting the outstanding and continuing work it is involved in within the local community.

Partnerships with the local community underpin the very ethos of Moreton Hall, no more so than in the building, now underway, of the Holroyd Community Theatre. The theatre looks set to be the cultural flagship for North Shropshire and the adjacent Welsh border.

Many of the initiatives which will be housed there are already transforming the lives of talented youngsters from across the area. The Face2Face stage school is a performance

academy for budding actors, aged nine to eighteen. Progress has been swift with the Face2Face team treading the boards at Theatre Severn. Their production of Elf the Musical was a sell-out.

In addition, Moreton has become the home for North Shropshire Music providing musicianship opportunities for all ages and abilities.

The TES’ judges were impressed by the way Moreton Hall has developed community led initiatives and the positive contribution to local community outreach over the past year.

Tes Editor Ann Mroz said: “Independent education in this country is truly world class. It’s one of our great success stories. And those shortlisted for the TES Independent School Awards are the crème de la crème.

“We received a record number of entries this year and the standard is the highest yet, so to be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement for any school.”

Principal of Moreton Hall, Mr Jonathan Forster said: “All of our outreach initiatives are so important. We’re all working together for the good of each other and the good of creativity which helps support an enriched society. The development of the Holroyd Community Theatre, which will support an ambitious programme of music, arts and culture, could not have been made possible without the wonderful support and commitment of our founding patrons Bill and Julie Holroyd.”

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 1 February 2019.