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  • New Hall School Preparatory School
    The Avenue
    CM3 3HS
  • Head: Mrs Katherine Jeffrey
  • T 01245 467 588
  • F 01245 464 348
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 11 with a linked senior school
  • Read about the best schools in Essex
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Essex
  • Pupils: 380
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Fees: Day: £10,611 - £14,634 pa; Boarding: £20,169 - £23,454
  • Open days: September, May
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: New Hall School

What says..

Rather modest interiors are punctuated by frequent gleams of trophies and cups, which tell the tale of pupils’ success in a very wide field of accomplishments. A display case in the entrance hall fairly brims with the spoils of young academics and athletes in county, regional and national competitions. Yet more cups proved the point that in New Hall’s own world, the house system (houses Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) provides scope for the lessons of winning and losing, with countless annual competitions and opportunities to rack up hotly contested house points, including house singing, book week (poetry recitals etc), swimming galas, general knowledge quizzes and sports days...

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2001, Katherine Jeffrey MA PGCE MA (EdMg) NPQH. Previously an RE teacher at St Mary’s School in Shaftesbury, head of RE at Woldingham School and deputy head at The Marist School in Ascot before coming to New Hall as its first ever lay principal and teacher of theology. Now the longest-serving head at the same HMC school. Awarded the Institute of Directors’ East of England Businesswoman of the Year award, followed by a national Independent Schools Award for Outstanding Strategic Initiative and the TES Overall School of the Year. Since 2010 she has been a committee member of the Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference.

Making the change from dyed-in-the-wool Catholic convent girls’ boarding school of variable academic results to one of the UK’s most successful examples of the ‘diamond model’...

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