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 boys and girls aged 3-18. 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. 

In 2010, the total roll of 1,100 boarding and day students is the greatest in the school’s history. New Hall has been acknowledged as “the fastest growing independent Catholic school in the UK” (The Universe, 25 October 2009). The recession-beating 42% growth in student numbers from 2007-09 is understood to be without precedent across all types of independent schools. New Hall is now the largest Catholic boarding and day school in the UK.

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.  The Governing Body decided to respond positively to this request for assistance from the Department for Education and the Governing Body of Messing Primary School. The new academy, sponsored by New Hall, formally opened in September 2013. 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.

Today New Hall operates an unusual and highly successful ‘diamond model’ structure, i.e. co-education in the Preparatory School (ages 3-11), single-sex education in the Boys’ Division and Girls’ Division and co-education in the Sixth Form. 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 boys and girls learn.

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