New Hall is a Catholic independent diamond model boarding & day school. Within the diamond model structure students are educated in co-educational classes up to age 11 and again at Sixth Form. However, from 11 to 16 they are taught in single-sex lessons.
The main benefits of a diamond model school and five years of single-sex teaching derive from the ability to tailor pastoral and academic provision more sensitively and expertly to the needs of young people going through the physical, emotional and social upheaval of adolescence. Young teenagers are liberated from the negative peer pressure of having to perform in mixed classes.
Gender stereotypes of subjects are also removed. Girls and boys follow an identical curriculum and do not learn to perceive subjects as being more suited to either girls or boys.
Outside the classroom, there are plenty of opportunities for girls and boys to socialise and take part in co-curricular activities together.