The Old Hall School

Shropshire

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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 137 (Boys) 114 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 4 - 11 years
  • Founded: 1845

General Information

The Old Hall prides itself on being a forward thinking school whilst respecting the traditions of all that is best in education. It is a community committed to the idea that every child has talents which need to be identified and developed; where stimulating and varied learning experiences are provided in a secure and safe environment.

Facilities

Founded in 1845, The Old Hall School is a co-educational day school (4-11 years), which is housed in spectacular modern premises, located alongside Wrekin College. The school offers first class facilities; a double sports hall, 25 metre indoor swimming pool, Astroturf and grass pitches offer an excellent sports and games environment, whilst specialist music and drama areas help to promote high standards in the performing arts. A suite of specialist learning-support rooms reflects the School's commitment to the needs of the individual. First class facilities have also been created for pre-school care and the education of children from the age of 3 months.

The broad curriculum is enriched by a dedicated team of professionals who encourage pupils to fulfil their potential in a happy and secure environment. Through the academic curriculum and caring pastoral system, the school aims to lay solid foundations in the development of well-motivated, confident and happy individuals who are always willing to give of their best on the road to high achievement.

Entrance Requirements

Interview with headmaster.

Scholarships

Means tested bursaries are available, please contact the school for details.

Open Days

For more information about our open events, entrance procedures or to arrange a visit please contact the Admissions Department, on 01952 265603 or admissions@wrekincollege.com

Fees

2017/2018. Reception: £2,690 per term. Years 1 & 2: £2,820 per term. Years 3 - 6: £4.210 per term.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr M Stott

The Old Hall School
Stanley Road
Wellington
Shropshire
TF1 3LB

[t]: 01952 223117
[f]: 01952 222674
[w]: www.oldhall.co.uk

Location Description

Close to the market town of Wellington with easy access to M54 at Junction 6 and excellent rail links

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The Lower School boys and girls treated packed audiences to a scrumptious chocolate extravaganza when they performed Roald Dahl favourite ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

The

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singing and dancing was excellent and the brilliant set, props and costumes brought the whole production to life.

Well done to all involved, especially the boys and girls.

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As a result of their outstanding performance at the recent Telford Primary Schools’ gala Tilly, Lucy, Mason, Sammy, Gen and Sami all went on to represent

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Telford in the County Primary Schools’ gala held in Shrewsbury last week.  They all swam superbly and received various medals for their efforts in helping Telford to finish runners-up to Bridgnorth.

Last weekend saw all the swimmers featured in the photograph appearing in the County Development Championships in Wolverhampton.   The Old Hall haul of medals was impressive but particular mention should be given to Mason (six medals) and Jack (11 medals).  Congratulations to everyone who took part.

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The wonderful Lower School production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ delighted all who saw it.

With some fantastic singing and acting the audience joined Dorothy and

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David on their journey down the Yellow Brick Road back to Kansas.

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Thank you so much for your fantastic and generous support of our Mufti day in aid of the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal. An amazing

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total of £1364 has been raised.

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The Year 1 tiles have now been returned from the Jackfield Tile Museum and they look very vibrant and colourful.

As part of their William Morris

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topic the children designed their tiles which they traced onto the actual tile using carbon paper. They piped clay onto the outline of their design before painting them. The tiles were fired in the kiln and then returned to school where they are currently on display outside the Year 1 classrooms.

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Congratulations to The Old Hall swimming team for its superb performance at the Bromsgrove School relay gala.

The Old Hall swimming team competed brilliantly. 

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This is a huge event with all the top school swimming teams from across the Midlands competing.

The competition, as usual, was very tough but the Old Hall swimmers swam superbly.  The girls’ team recorded a highly creditable fourth place in the freestyle relay B final and third place in the medley relay B final.  The boys team finished fourth in the medley relay A final and swam out of their skins to win the silver medal in the freestyle relay A final.

Mr Davies was very proud of all the swimmers who gave their all in the pool and behaved impeccably throughout the day.

Girls: Tilly, Lucy, Charlotte, Jessalyn, Maddie and Amelie

Boys: Sammy, Mason, Gen, Sami, Freddie and Johnnie

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Well done to all the Year 3 and 4 boys and girls who took part in the brilliant music concert.

The audience was treated to a

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number of wonderful performances on a range of different instruments, as well as some vocal pieces.

Well done also to the members of the Development Choir who rounded off the concert with a rousing number about dinosaurs!

A team from The Old Hall took part in the Year 5 Science Challenge at Wrekin College where they attended a chemistry lecture on chemical

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reactions, a physics lecture on sound and a biology lecture about the journey of food through the human body!….

They also had to complete a quiz as well as a practical task designing a wind turbine.

A total of 17 prep and primary schools attended the challenge from as far afield as Rugby and Wilmslow.

The morning of Wednesday 11th June saw the chapel choir travel down to Concord College for their annual choir competition. This year, Concord College decided

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to run two separate competitions, one for singers from local primary schools and one for independent school choirs. Three choirs were entered into the independent school class with Adcote School and St Winefride’s providing the opposition on this occasion.

Old Hall sang first presenting the soft and lyrical ’Summer’ by Lin Marsh and ‘Dansi na Kuimba’ by Dave and Jean Perry, a lively song including some words sung in Swahili. Following the completion of the performances, the adjudicators gave each choir valuable feedback, praising the chapel choir for having “diction to die for”. Once again, Old Hall were awarded first place, retaining the shield for the third consecutive year.

Thank you to all the parents and supporters of the choir who travelled down to enjoy the choir’s performance at this event.

In the Malvern tournament Poppy and Bryony took the victory in emphatic style, not losing a match along the way. Jessica and Amy were very competitive

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and played well together but unfortunately did not make it out of the group stages. Thomas, Adithya, Fergus and Tristan all represented The Old Hall School with pride and were also very competitive.

In the Repton tournament Poppy and Bryony played extremely well throughout the day. They won all their matches to compete in a very tricky final, fighting back from 3-1 down to win the match and retain the trophy for back to back victories.

Amy and Jessica made a huge improvement learning from their time at Malvern and started well by beating Birchfield A. They competed well and represented the school with pride.

The Under 11 boys’ teams also competed really well. Fergus and Tristan were unlucky not to qualify for the semi-finals with three wins and two losses. Thomas and Adithya had plenty of nail-biting games which saw them come out second best.

The Repton tennis tournament is one of the biggest schools tournaments with over 900 games being played throughout the day on 20 courts.

Well done to all the players.

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The Aquathlon saw teams competing in a swimming and running relay competition and was open to all abilities and to anyone who wanted to have

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a go, with an emphasis on fun and enjoyment. The Old Hall entered the largest number of children into the competition with 42 children making up 10 teams.

In the Year 3 and 4 age group all of The Old Hall teams swam and ran superbly to finish in third, fourth and fifth places (with only four seconds between each of the teams), 15th, 21st and 24th out of a total of 26 teams.

With a similar number of teams entering the Year 5 and 6 section of the event The Old Hall teams again performed outstandingly well. The Old Hall ‘Sharks’ team, made up of Poppy, Megan, Ella  and Reuben kept the best until last in the final event of the afternoon as they completely dominated the race to finish in first place, over 30 seconds ahead of the runners up. With the other teams in this age group finishing in a highly creditable fifth, seventh and 15th position it was a memorable afternoon for all concerned.

The large contingent of The Old Hall staff present were all thrilled with the way the children threw themselves wholeheartedly into this event and were particularly pleased with the impeccable behaviour and sportsmanship which was commented upon by many of the spectators.

The Old Hall welcomed BBC Breakfast reporter Graham Satchell into school on Monday when he and his camera operator spent the afternoon doing some pre-recording

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for the BBC Breakfast programme which aired live on Tuesday. Mr Satchell interviewed Mr Stott before witnessing iPads being used in Year 2 during their work on World War II and interviewing some Year 6 pupils about the impact of the Detox. He then went and spent the evening with an Old Hall family who told him all about the impact of the Detox on family life.

He then came back bright and early on Tuesday morning before three live broadcasts – all before 9am. A huge thank you to all the children who came in so early, and their parents for getting them here! To see the broadcast click here.

The piece was also featured on the BBC One O’Clock News and on the Education page of the BBC news website.

The broadcast sparked many messages of congratulations from far and wide as well as lots of tweets.

As well as BBC breakfast the Digital Detox has featured on Shropshire Radio, in the Shropshire Star and in The Independent amongst others! It was also an item on Tuesday’s Newsround.

Poppy made the long journey down to Crawley on Saturday May 9 to compete in the girls’ Under 11 50m freestyle event. In spite of

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an exhausting week with the rest of her Year 6 classmates on their residential trip to France Poppy pulled out all the stops in her heat to smash the longest standing school record which has stood since 2007. She finished in a remarkable time of 31.84 seconds. This made her the fifth fastest qualifier earning her a place in the final.

In a very close final Poppy once again swam superbly to eventually finish in sixth place, just 0.3 seconds behind the bronze medal winner.

Well done Poppy!

The Lower School had a brilliant time at their Forest School outing – here is an account of 2NT’s day.

The first activity was woodcraft

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and the children used knives to whittle sticks they collected on the forest floor. They used the sticks to make wooden sculptures of spiders or caterpillars.

The fearless band next tackled the zip wire, and with Mr Thorpe’s help zoomed across the forest.

Archery was next and they were taught the correct way to hold a bow and fire an arrow.

Lunch round the campfire followed and then the children visited the mud kitchen and adventure playground. We finished by melting marshmallows over the campfire. A great day was had by all!

Here are two accounts of the fun written by Year 1 pupils:

‘On Friday 8th May we all went to Forest School in groups. We went on a coach and took an apple, sandwich and juice in my backpack. When we got there it was hot in the forest. There were lots of people to meet. I was very excited to go on the zip wire. First we did a bow and arrow. When we finished we went to play frisbee in the wood. Next we went on the zip wire. After that we ate an apple. If we went again I would be happy to go on the zip wire.’

‘On Friday 8th May we all went to Kynnersley Forest School. We went on a coach and we took our colourful and big backpacks. When we got there it was a cold as an icecube. In the forest there were lots of swaying trees. I was very excited to go on the monkey bars. We did wood cutting, I did a spider. After that we did archery, I hit number four. If we went again I would love to be on the monkey bars to get to the end. I had a great time.’

Year 6 pupils thoroughly enjoyed their canoeing trip paddling a whole 11 miles, not only learning a new skill but working together as a team

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throughout the day.

They canoed from below the weir at Shrewsbury and enjoyed a marvellous day paddling 11 miles to Wroxeter. It was a super route and the children paddled and worked together superbly.

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