Moorlands School was founded in 1898 in Headingley and is, therefore, the oldest preparatory school in Leeds. In 1967 the school moved to its current site in the Foxhills. The school building had, at one time, been the family home of the Tetley family. In 2012 Moorlands became a full member of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust securing its long term future and bringing the benefits of membership to a large network of independent schools, the nearest of which is Woodhouse Grove School. Whilst remaining independent of Woodhouse Grove, this relationship allows the pupils of Moorlands access to many of the facilities of a large school whilst remaining in a smaller Prep school environment.
At Moorlands, we have a simple yet beautiful motto: ‘Intrepide!’, or ‘be brave’! In school we talk about how being brave or intrepid takes many forms. Being brave isn’t always a grand gesture; sometimes it simply means ‘having a go’, such as attempting that difficult question, offering an answer in class when you’re not quite sure or trying something new. This culture of intrepidness allows children to be brave and try new things in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment.
Moorlands is a large enough school to have great facilities but with small class sizes and an excellent pastoral system, we remain small enough for all of the children to be known to the staff and each other. Alongside a broad curriculum, every child in Moorlands belongs to one of the school Houses. The House system provides an opportunity for every child to shine beyond the classroom, through competitions and events such as photography, music, drama and sports and ensures every child has an opportunity to reach their potential.