In Dennett House, a strong work ethic and commitment to academic success is combined with a fun, creative and stimulating environment. Boarders enjoy a wide range of activities, excursions, social events and voluntary work. We promote the all-round personal development of our girls and encourage them in their ambitions for the future.
Our staff know the specific challenges that arise during these important examination years and are on hand to provide support and guidance. Girls are given an excellent preparation for university, chosen careers and the changing world.
Today’s Dennett girls are tomorrow’s leaders. Our aim is for our girls to leave Dennett ready to face the world as strong, confident individuals, with a lively sense of team spirit. Friendships are founded on happy memories of shared experiences, in these important transitional years into adulthood.
Mrs K Baird, Acting Head of Dennett House
Mrs Baird, Acting Head of Dennett House
With a background in business, Mrs Baird has a long association with New Hall, first through her sons William and Henry, both former New Hall Head Boys. Mrs Baird currently works on the boarding team in Magdalen House, where she has developed a broad range of activities for the boarders. Mrs Baird is a big lover of theatre and cinema and is looking forward to taking the Dennett girls to the West End.
Miss Gibson, Assistant Head of Dennett House & Teacher of PE & Games
After graduating from Durham University, Miss Gibson worked on the boarding team at Uppingham School and then became a Resident Academic Houseparent and Head of Girls’ Games at Kensington Park School in London. She enjoys playing and watching a number of sports including but not limited to: netball, football, yoga and running, as well as socialising with friends and family. During the holidays, Miss Gibson enjoys travelling and exploring new destinations around the world.
Mrs Louis, Resident Boarding Assistant & Teacher of French
Following the completion of her degree in Modern Languages at Cambridge University, and a PGCE at London University, Mrs Louis moved to France, where she lived for 25 years. She has taught English to adults and children alike, and worked at residential summer schools. Since her return to the UK in 2016, Mrs Louis has been a French & Spanish teacher. Mrs Louis is passionate about languages and travel, and loves learning about other cultures. She speaks French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, and is currently studying Welsh. In her free time, Mrs Louis enjoys running, fitness training, music and cooking. She enjoys sharing these passions with the students during activity time.
Miss Chambers-Farah (New Hallian, 2009-2015), Resident Languages Assistant
Miss Chambers-Farah is a Durham University graduate, with a degree in History & Modern Languages, which included a year abroad in Argentina. She loves to travel, write, cook, and learn new languages. Miss Chambers-Farah attended New Hall as a full-time boarder. Her focus is on ensuring that all the students in the House feel at home.
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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
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Weekly Boarding at New Hall
- Weekly boarding is ideally suited for those who live locally or more widely within the Eastern region
- Most Weekly Boarders will return to their House on Sunday evening, although for some a Monday morning return is more convenient
- Weekly Boarders are freed from the daily commute, which for some day students can be up to 2 hours or more
- During the time saved, Weekly 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!
- Weekly 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
- All boarders in Years 11-13 are either Weekly or Full Boarders