Hawley is a lively house for girls in Years 3 to 10. 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 9 and 10 allocated single study rooms. The students in Year 10 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.
Hawley boarders are well represented at the many clubs and societies on offer and readily take up opportunities to develop their leadership and organisational skills.
Magdalen Wing, Hawley House (Girls, Years 3-8)
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. The Magdalen Wing, in 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 A Addison, Head of Hawley House
Mrs Addison, Head of Hawley House & Teacher of Music
Mrs Addison has worked in boarding schools throughout her career as a Music Teacher, where she has always enjoyed the caring nature of being part of a boarding house team. Previously an Assistant Housemistress at Woldingham School, Mrs Addison studied Jazz Saxophone at Leeds College of Music and has a Masters of Education from the University of Cambridge. She enjoys baking, film nights and walks in the countryside with her cocker spaniel, Brecon and pointer, Munro.
Mrs Novillo-Cruces, Assistant Head of Hawley House
After finishing her degree in English Studies with Spanish Literature at Southampton University, Mrs Novillo-Cruces went back to her hometown (Madrid) to complete a PGCE at Alcalá de Henares University. Upon completion, she came back to the UK to start working as a teacher and carry out her NQT year at Sherborne Girls School. Since then, Mrs Novillo-Cruces has been working as a Spanish and French teacher in different schools such as Millfield School (Somerset), Alton School (Hampshire) and Worth School (West Sussex). She’s also been involved in different boarding roles as Resident Boarding Tutor, Deputy Housemistress and Housemistress for the last 10 years. Being able to support students not only in the classroom but also in a boarding community has been one of the highlights of her teaching career. Being in the UK for these 12 years, Mrs Novillo-Cruces would like to say that she has got used to the English weather by now but she might need 12 years more for that to happen.
Miss Gooderham, Assistant Head of Hawley House & Teacher of EAL
Miss Gooderham was raised and educated in Essex, before studying Sport & Physical Education at the University of Bedfordshire. Miss Gooderham pursued her career in education, undertaking boarding roles in Devon and in Thailand. She has been a member of the New Hall boarding team for more than five years. Miss Gooderham enjoys following and participating in a variety of sports such as rugby, cricket, netball and football. She also has a passion for writing and often entertains the girls with her singing and dancing!
Miss Jones, Boarding Assistant and Teacher of Art
Before starting at New Hall School as a Boarding Assistant, Miss Jones studied Fine Art at the University of Oxford, graduating with a First Class Honours degree. Away from school, she enjoys reading, visiting galleries, and travelling to Sri Lanka where her family live, and is also a keen rower and cyclist. Miss Jones particularly likes crafting and playing team sports with the girls in Hawley!
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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
Flexi-Boarding at New Hall
- Flexi-boarding is available in Years 3-10 only (Year 10 boarders must board for a minimum of three nights per week)
- Students can choose to board for one, two or three nights per week (a regular weekly commitment is required for one term at a time)
- Flexi-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
- Flexi-boarding can be a perfect introduction to boarding for our younger students
- The majority of those who flexi-board further down the School eventually become weekly boarders as they move through the School