In Petre House, our aim is to prepare and nurture our boys to develop new life skills and become well-rounded young gentlemen. With foundations rooted in care, trust and respect, we aim to help our students develop in personal and social maturity whilst maintaining a healthy sense of fun, adventure and inquisitiveness. Our house moto, Sans Dieu Rien (Without God, nothing), represents the importance of faith not only in God, but in ourselves and each other. Whilst our boarders are not expected to adhere to a particular faith, we do uphold and foster the distinctive values of our Catholic ethos.
Boarding in Petre House supports individuals in their pursuit of academic excellence. Resident teachers are 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 being allocated single study rooms. The students in Year 10 begin their formal examinations whilst in Petre and our staff strive to help them adjust to this transition through close support and guidance.
Whilst academic success is important to us, we recognise the significance of ensuring the boys are able to manage a positive work-life balance. Academic rigour is complemented by numerous activities for the boys in the evenings and at weekends. We understand the value of leisure time, and so have developed a full and varied programme for the boys which sits alongside their academic studies such as sports tournaments, outdoor pursuits, swimming, cultural activities, hobbies and craft. Inter-house competitions are popular and competitive. The Petre House football team maintains an on-going rivalry against Campion House. Events such as these inspire the boys to succeed and we encourage our young men to organise their own social events which promotes leadership and organisational skills.
Earle Wing, Petre House (Boys, Years 3-8)
Earle Wing is part of Petre House but is a dedicated site for Years 3-8 where boys enjoy an environment tailored to the needs of younger students but still benefit from the support and mentorship of older students. The wing has its own team of staff, experienced in caring for younger boarders, but has leadership and oversight from the same Housemaster.
We understand that being away from home for the first time can be daunting and we work closely with parents before the boys arrive to make sure the transition to becoming a boarder is as smooth as possible. Rooms are shared between three or four to develop a sense of peer support and comradery and to avoid isolation as the boys grow in independence and social integration. Study and academic rigour is still of utmost importance and boarders work under supportive supervision to complete study and to consolidate the learning from the day. Life skills are taught from the outset and our boys are encouraged to make meaningful contributions to our community.
We know that the early years of a boy’s life will have a lasting impact, so we provide the care and resources for our boys to flourish. The imaginations of the boys in Earle Wing provide more fun than any computer ever could and the friendships created will last a lifetime.
“Our boarding team are dedicated to ensuring that every student feels part of the New Hall community. It is the strong sense of family in Petre House that makes the boarders feel so welcome and at home”.
Mr J Meakin, Head of Petre House
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, Petre 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.
Students who flexi-board for two or three nights per week in Petre are often active in many aspects of school life. They benefit from the ability to stay at New Hall with friends after a day of lessons, sport, music and other activities