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, Head of Dennett House
Mrs Baird, 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 Southam, Assistant Head of Dennett House, Head of Athletics and Teacher of PE & Games
After studying Sports Rehabilitation and Exercise Science at the University of Nottingham, Miss Southam worked at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall with military inpatients as an Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor. She has also worked within academy football at Derby County and Nottingham Forest. Miss Southam has competed in cross county, track and road events from a young age and we are pleased to welcome her as the new Head of Athletics here at New Hall. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, painting and regularly makes pyrography gifts for her friends. During the holidays Miss Southam enjoys travelling with friends or family and loves exploring new destinations. She takes great care in organising and planning a range of activities with her fellow boarding staff members and thrives within a team environment.
Miss Breeze, Boarding Assistant and Teacher of Art
Miss Breeze is a Loughborough University graduate with an honours degree in Fine Art and a former New Hall School boarder. She is dedicated to the welfare of her students and loves to foster their creativity. In addition to her personal art practice, she loves to bake, read romantic novels and travel, especially to the southern region of Morocco where she spent a great deal of her childhood.
Mr Pollard, Boarding Tutor and Teacher of History & Politics
Mr Pollard studied History and American Studies at the University of Nottingham and graduated in 2018. His greatest passion within History is 20th Century History, particularly the events of the Cold War, more specifically the Vietnam War and the Space Race. Away from School, Mr Pollard is an avid sports fan and supports Aston Villa FC and Northampton Saints.
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
Weekly BoardingWeekly Boarding
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