New Hall School

New Hall School

Type: Day / Boarding / Co-ed
Age Range: 1-18
Head's Name: Katherine Jeffrey
Address: The Avenue
United Kingdom
Phone: 01245 467 588 x 244
Division: London

School Profile

New Hall is a leading Catholic independent boarding & day school for girls and boys aged 1-18.

Founded in 1642, New Hall School, Chelmsford, is the oldest Catholic school in England that has always taken girls. Following the establishment of its new charitable status as New Hall School Trust in 2005, in a pioneering move the former convent school opened its doors to senior boys. 

With the addition of a brand-new Nursery division in 2019 for children aged 1-4, the total roll of 1,300 boarding and day students is the greatest in the school’s history. New Hall is now the largest Catholic boarding and day school in the UK.

New Hall is a place where each individual is known and affirmed in his or her unique identity. In a happy and caring environment and with high expectations of good conduct and self-discipline, students grow in maturity and confidence and make life-long friends. New Hall School “is a place boys and girls may contribute to and take from in equal measure, learning to relish individual academic success but also the greater joy brought by being part of a community” (Good Schools Guide 2020).

In 2012, New Hall was invited to become the first independent school in the country to sponsor a state primary school that was seeking to become an Academy under the new Government scheme.  Through the partnership, pupils at Messing are benefiting from the wealth of experience of dedicated subject-specialist teachers from New Hall School. The partnership means pupils from Messing Primary school can use the outstanding facilities on offer at New Hall, including the 25-metre indoor swimming pool where they can receive swimming lessons, free of charge, from the dedicated swimming coaches at New Hall. In the 2018/19 academic year, Messing Primary School roll increased significantly ahead of target, to 84 pupils by September 2019.  The primary school was rated by Ofsted as ‘good with outstanding leadership and management, outstanding personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outstanding Early Years provision’ in 2019.

Today New Hall operates an unusual and highly successful ‘diamond model’ structure, i.e. co-education in the Nursery and Preparatory Divisions (ages 1-11), single-sex education in the Girls’ Division and Boys’ Division (ages 11-16) and co-education in the Sixth Form (ages 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 at Key Stages 3 & 4. The provision of single-sex education during adolescence enables students to grow in confidence, whilst enjoying an education that is specifically tailored and that recognises the different ways in which girls and boys learn.

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