New Hall School
Essex, United Kingdom
About New Hall School
New Hall School is a leading HMC boarding & day school for girls & boys aged 1-18. New Hall was awarded the TES ‘Overall Independent School of the Year’ for 2016-17. Founded in 1642, New Hall is one of the oldest Catholic schools and is the largest Catholic boarding & day school in the UK. New Hall is a strong and thriving community, set in a stunning location on the edge of the city of Chelmsford, just 20 minutes by train from London Stratford and 30 minutes from London Liverpool Street. There are also plans for Network Rail to open a new station at the foot of New Hall’s Avenue; this is due to be completed by 2025.
At New Hall, we operate the highly successful ‘diamond model’ structure, i.e. co-education in the Nursery & Preparatory Divisions (ages 1-11), single-sex education in the Girls’ Division & Boys’ Division (11-16) and co-education in the Sixth Form (16-18). In this way, New Hall provides the best of both worlds: the benefits of a co-educational environment together with the advantages of girls and boys being taught separately throughout the 11-16 age range. The provision of single-sex education during the formative years enables students to grow in confidence, whilst enjoying an education that is specifically tailored and recognises the different ways in which girls and boys learn.
There is an exciting School Development Plan (SDP), which has the continued strengthening of the School’s academic standing as its priority. New facilities successfully delivered in the 2016-19 SDP include: the New Hall Nursery; investment in digital technologies; outdoors ‘Forest School’ provision; New Hall Farm; a second Astroturf, 3G pitch and new PE changing rooms; new recreational and hospitality facilities, and additional staff accommodation. Expansion of the Preparatory Divisions to 3-form entry is currently underway.
Students aged 7-18 can board in one of four Boarding Houses. High academic expectations and achievements, together with outstanding pastoral care and exceptional drama, music and sports facilities and provision, make New Hall a wonderful place to be educated.
The ethos at New Hall has been inspired by the founding Religious Community, the Canonesses of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. New Hall has thriving Chaplaincy, RE and Theology teams and the community benefits from having a full-time resident Priest Chaplain. The School welcomes all who support its ethos.