Moreton Hall, one of the UK’s top performing independent schools and based near Oswestry, has been shortlisted for the second year running in the prestigious Tes Independent School of the Year Awards 2020. 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 ethos of Moreton Hall, no more so than in the building of the new Holroyd Community Theatre. The theatre looks set to be the cultural flagship for North Shropshire and the Welsh borders.

Many of the initiatives housed there are already transforming the lives of talented youngsters from across the area. The Face2Face stage school is a performance academy for young actors, aged nine to eighteen.

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

The Tes’ judges continued to be impressed by the way Moreton Hall has developed community led initiatives and the positive contribution to local community outreach over recent years.

Tes Editor Ann Mroz said: “The Independent schools in this country are truly exceptional. And those that have earned a place on the Tes Independent School Awards shortlist are a cut above the rest”.

“We received an unparalleled number of entries this year, all of which were first rate. The schools that have been shortlisted should be proud – it’s a remarkable achievement.”

Principal of Moreton Hall, Mr George Budd said: “We are thrilled to hear of this repeated accolade which reflects the breadth and level of imagination in Moreton Hall’s outreach work across the Creative Arts, allowing local young people the opportunity to truly shine”.

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 7 February 2020.