Moon Hall School was started in Ewhurst in 1985 by Mrs Berry Baker. Berry recognised that local schools were not able to provide an appropriate and positive environment for her eight year old dyslexic son. They did not have the knowledge required to help him and meet his specific learning needs.
Although a bright child, mainstream schools did not understand Daniel’s learning style, and he had not responded well to their teaching methods or provision.
Berry was already a qualified teacher and encouraged by a friend, also with a dyslexic child, she established a school in her own home, Moon Hall.
Within four years she had twelve pupils, the maximum permitted for home teaching. With more applicants than places, a move was necessary. Berry and the other parents of the original Moon Hall students realised that the interests of the children would best be served if they could have all the skills of a specialist dyslexia school within mainstream education.
These ideals were met when nearby Belmont School allowed Moon Hall to buy a 125 year lease of part of its extensive grounds in Holmbury St. Mary. In 1990 Berry and her husband David donated the assets and goodwill of the school to a registered charity established under the same name, now Moon Hall Schools Educational Trust.
By September 1990, funds had been raised and a new building had been erected, equipped and was ready for use.
The stunning 65 acre grounds of Belmont and unique relationship enables Moon Hall children to experience the benefits of a larger, mainstream school experience, whilst receiving the specialist teaching and small classes that they require to consolidate their learning and progress. This has proved to be life changing for many individual children and their families. Since the first lessons at the kitchen table, our ethos and values remain and over 1000 children have benefitted from a Moon Hall education. Our remit is to provide the environment, understanding and strategies to equip bright children with the confidence and ability to overcome the barriers they will face. We educate the whole child; helping them to become motivated, independent learners and workers at school and beyond.