Hawley is a lively girls’ boarding house for Years 3 to 11. Girls in Hawley are able to thrive and reach their full potential during these important formative years. Hawley girls work hard, learn new skills and develop friendships that they will keep for life.
Boarding in Hawley supports individuals in their pursuit of academic excellence. Resident teachers on hand to guide students through these important years of their development, with set times in which to study, and with all boarders, in Years 10 and 11 allocated single study rooms. The students in Year 10 and 11 begin their formal examinations whilst in Hawley and our staff strive to help them adjust to this transition through close support and guidance.
Hawley girls also have a lot of fun, weekly activities, such as debating, cooking, swimming and gym training are all popular, as are the regular trips, for example to the theatre and places of cultural interest. After school, there is a wide range of activities on offer, which vary each evening. The many sporting clubs, supported by boarding and fitness staff, are always popular, as are craft and cookery nights using the school’s Art, Design & Technology Department facilities. In addition, music sessions are available in Walkfares, the School’s dedicated Performing Arts Centre.
Girl boarders from Hawley are well represented at the many clubs and societies on offer and readily take up opportunities to develop their leadership and organisational skills.
We understand that being away from home for the first time can be daunting, so we work closely with parents even before the girls arrive to make sure the transition to becoming a boarder is as smooth as possible. Hawley House provides a friendly, comfortable environment where girls can develop, safe in the knowledge that they are loved and respected. We want every girl to grow up being happy, secure and confident.
“In Hawley House, we seek to create a family atmosphere where every girl is known and affirmed and feels an integral part of the New Hall family”.
Mrs Baird, Head of Boarding – Hawley
Mrs Baird, otherwise known as ‘Mrs B’ to the boarders, is Head of Hawley House. Mrs Baird has several years of boarding experience and has recently completed her BSA Advanced Certificate in Boarding Practice. She holds long ties with New Hall, with both her sons Henry and William being former New Hall Head Boys. Mrs Baird has a background in business and spent her childhood working for her father’s very popular newsagents on the buzzing street of Theobalds Road, Holborn. Mrs Baird is well known for planning and orchestrating her whacky and weird events, most notably the whole of boarding Easter Egg Hunt and Alice and Wonderland themed tea parties. Mrs Baird is a theatre enthusiast; in her free time she enjoys watching West End musicals. Mrs Baird enjoys travelling, spending quality time with her family and Mr Baird, who is integral to the successful and smooth running of the Boarding House.
Miss Grant, Assistant Head of Boarding
Miss Read, Boarding Assistant & Musician in Residence
Miss Tennyson, House Matron
Full BoardingFull Boarding
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 BoardingFlexible Boarding
Flexible Boarding at New Hall
- Flexible boarding is available in Years 3-13
- Flexible boarding 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)
- Flexible boarding 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
- Flexible boarding can 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!
- Flexible boarders 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