Traditionally, despite the inevitable exam papers, the Moreton Sixth Scholarship and Admissions Day is a fun and enjoyable experience, a chance to meet many of the girls who will be new to Moreton Hall for their Sixth Form and to spend some time with current girls over lunchtime and in the boarding house. It’s also an opportunity for the Musicians to showcase their prowess, the Artists their creative skills and for Drama scholars to perform and explore their interpretations under direction.

Determined that this year should be no exception and with Zoom allowing the opportunity to create a virtual classroom, Moreton Hall welcomed would be members of the class of 2021-23 to a Virtual Admissions and Scholarship day with a greeting as warm as ever.

Ahead of the day, the postman delivered brown paper parcels to be opened on Admissions Day. Hot chocolate, shortbread and dried fruit was among the breaktime treats enjoyed as the candidates from across the region joined current sixth formers in Zoom breakout rooms to share some downtime together. Academic papers were completed on Google and Zoom; Art materials sent ahead of the time to candidates were used to complete a task before an online interview with Head of Art, Ruth Mills; Drama students were auditioned virtually under the nurturing and creative eye of Mr Jenkins, and all the candidates had an opportunity for an interview with the Principal, Mr Budd. In addition, Music and Sports scholars were scheduled for bespoke sessions to allow them to showcase their talents.

Reflecting on the Admissions and Scholarship Day, Moreton Sixth Registrar Caroline Lang commented:” it was wonderful to be able to create an event which despite COVID, was full of our trademark scholarship, gaiety and humanity. Everyone involved on the Moreton Hall team enjoyed hosting such a fantastic group of potential sixth formers. The resilience, good humour and talent they demonstrated suggested they all have the makings of fantastic Moreton girls.

Principal, George Budd, enjoyed conversing with all of the candidates on a range of topics from BLM to COVID via environmental issues and congratulated each of them on their performances – “Everyone I spoke to had the makings of a Moretonian – it’s exciting to see such talent within our future Sixth Form”.