Those who have experienced boarding at New Hall School know that they have been part of something special. Each House has its own distinct character, staff tailor the experience to the needs of the children in their care and the children themselves have a significant input into how their Houses are run. All of the Boarding Houses at New Hall are part of the main building complex, therefore boarding is both literally and metaphorically at the heart of the School.
“The supportive ethos experienced in the boarding houses, where boarders’ progress and development are frequently monitored, also plays a major role in developing personal qualities” – ISI inspection report, October 2016
Our team of boarding staff is committed to providing a happy, settled and safe family environment for every child, where confidence, intellectual curiosity and independence are fostered. In joining one of our Boarding Houses, your son or daughter will have access to New Hall’s full range of facilities and resources, including additional academic support from specialist staff. This provides the platform for them to excel in their academic studies, to enjoy a wide range of activities and to develop the personal skills and characteristics essential for future success.
Boarding is often the bedrock for life-long friendships and one of the most important benefits is the variety of social interaction. Our staff often comment on the impromptu conversations with boarders during an evening as being a highlight of their working week. On a daily basis, boarders have the opportunity to interact with their own peer group, those older and younger than them, different genders and adults. Of particular significance is the cultural diversity within the Houses.
“The many different nationalities in the boarding houses richly enhance the experience of all pupils” ISI inspection report, October 2016
The facilities in each House are also exceptional. New Hall is distinctive in offering single study bedrooms from Year 10. All rooms are well-equipped with modern furnishings, WiFi access and a personal desk and noticeboard. The communal spaces are hives of activity both at lunchtime and in the evenings (once homework is complete, of course!). Whether your child enjoys table tennis, pool, chess, board games, cards or games consoles, there is sure to be something to entice them to get involved with their friends.
New Hall School is an inspirational educational setting where dreams and aspirations are nurtured; what better way to receive the full benefits of this than as a boarder. Take a look at some of the boarding activities on each house’s dedicated social media accounts and the boarding activities gallery.
Mr D Neville – Vice Principal, DSL, Boarding, Co-Curricular
Boarding Options at New Hall School
Full Boarding (Years 3-13)Full Boarding (Years 3-13)
Full Boarding at New Hall
- Full Boarders live at School throughout the term, usually only going home at Half Term and during school holidays
- During Optional Exeat Weekends, Full Boarders have the choice to stay in their boarding house or to make arrangements to stay with family, friends or guardians
- Full Boarders have unrivalled access to the School’s facilities, seven days a week throughout term time
- Full Boarders are able to participate in weekend trips and activities organised by their Heads of Boarding
- The structure and routine of Full Boarding at New Hall means students settle very quickly to School life and as a result are well-placed to fulfil their potential across curricular and co-curricular endeavours
Flexible Boarding (Years 3-13)Flexible Boarding (Years 3-13)
Flexible Boarding at New Hall
- Flexible boarding is available in Years 3-13
- It is ideally suited for those who live locally or more widely within the Eastern region
- Students can choose to board for 1-6 nights per week (a regular weekly commitment is required for one term at a time)
- This flexibility allows students with a longer commute the opportunity to stay at school on the evenings when they have their main co-curricular commitments, which otherwise would have meant a very late return home and difficulties in managing homework deadlines for the following day
- It can also be a perfect introduction to boarding for our younger students
- Some flexible boarders return to their House on Sunday evening, although for some a Monday morning return is more convenient
- Flexible boarders are freed from the daily commute, which for some day students can be up to 2 hours or more
- During the time saved, flexible boarders can wake up later in the morning, enjoy co-curricular activities after school, complete all of their homework and still have time for relaxation and downtime with their friends!
- They may depart for home on a Friday evening or on Saturday following any co-curricular pursuits in which they may be involved, such as dance classes or sports fixtures