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, September 2019-2020
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.
Mrs Watson, Head of Dennett House, from September 2020
Mrs Watson is a graduate from Durham University, where she studied French & Russian. Mrs Watson has taught in independent schools in the UK and Shanghai for the past 18 years. After spending summers in Québec, Mrs Watson fostered a love of the French language. Discovering new cultures and countries has been a big part of her family life. Mrs Watson is currently learning Mandarin. Mrs Watson enjoys keeping fit and has a passion for netball, having played at club, county and international levels and coached and umpired many different age groups. Mrs Watson also enjoys running marathons and adventure races such as the Tough Mudder.
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.
Miss Langford (New Hallian, 2009-2014), Graduate Boarding Assistant & Teaching Assistant (Chaplaincy & Theology)
As a former full boarder at New Hall School, Miss Langford is delighted to be back at the School, where she plans to bring the same fun and memorable experience that boarding staff created for her. Miss Langford graduated from Newcastle University, where she studied Philosophy & Sociology. She plans to go on to study nursing in due course. Miss Langford loves being outdoors, playing sports (or any kind of game!), and baking. An environment which offers a sense of stillness and calm is also really important, and so she hopes to lead an evening prayer group for boarders to find time to reflect and relax after the busy day.
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.
Full BoardingFull Boarding
The majority of boarders at New Hall are full boarders, staying at school throughout the term and going home for half term breaks and school holidays. With structure and routine, they have every opportunity to achieve their potential, both academically and socially. A full programme of co-curricular and house activities means that there is always something to do.
Weekly BoardingWeekly Boarding
Freed from a daily school journey, Dennett weekly boarders can concentrate on academic study while having extra time to invest in their co-curricular interests and talents, such as music, sport or drama. Weekly boarders may either depart on Fridays or remain for Saturday activities. Most weekly boarders choose to return on Sunday evenings, although they may return on Monday mornings if they prefer.