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Cream sofas? Cushions? Can this be a boys’ boarding house? Indeed it is at New Hall. Quite apart from Earle House’s jaw-droppingly ornate cornicing and mouldings worthy of a royal palace, the place is spotless in the face of a most unforgiving neutrally toned décor - not a muddy rugby sock nor a mouldering trainer to be seen. Either the staff deserve a medal or this is a new breed of boy. ‘Being Catholic is not a prerequisite, but engagement with… 

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What the school says...

The exceptional pastoral care, combined with excellent academic provision makes New Hall very special. We focus on the individual, ensuring that each person fulfills his or her potential academically, creatively and socially.

A Catholic Foundation, faith lies at the heart of this foundation and remains essential to the character of the school today. A sense of responsibility and a spirit of service to others is fostered through it's award-winning and nationally recognised organisation the New Hall Voluntary Service.

New Hall operates the Diamond structure: a Co-Educational Preparatory Division (3-11), Boys Division (11-16), Girls Division (11-16) and Co-Educational Sixth Form. Girls and Boys between the ages of 11-16 are educated in a single-sex classes but with the benefit of a mixed environment.

Founded in 1642, New Hall is one of the oldest Catholic schools in England. The campus offers exceptional facilities including a beautiful Chapel, 25m 6-Lane swimming pool, a National standard running track & floodlit Astroturf, the Walkfares Performing Arts Centre, excellent boarding accommodation, and a new Technology Centre. The co-educational Preparatory Division and Pre-Reception are situated on the same 85 acre campus as the Senior School.

We pride ourselves on being a community which allows each individual to flourish and become confident and happy young adults.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Religious Studies at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Information Technology at an English Independent School (Applied GCE A level Single Award)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Information Technology at an English Independent School (Applied GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Religious Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking PE / Sports Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design (3D Studies) at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

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Since 2001, Katherine Jeffrey MA PGCE MA (EdMg) NPQH. Previously an RE teacher at St Mary’s School, Shaftesbury, head of RE at Woldingham School, deputy head at The Marist School, Ascot before coming to New Hall as its first ever lay principal and teacher of theology. Awarded the Institute of Directors’ East of England Businesswoman of the Year Award, followed by a national Independent Schools Award for Outstanding Strategic Initiative. Since 2010 she has been a committee member of the Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference. Mrs Jeffrey is married with four daughters – all educated at New Hall School.

Making the change from dyed-in-the-wool Catholic convent girls’ boarding school of variable academic results to one of the UK’s foremost successful pioneers of the ‘diamond model’ (co-educational prep school, single-sex teaching for ages...

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