What many schools term ‘extra-curricular’ activities, for us at New Hall forms the ‘Co-Curriculum’, an intrinsic and valued part of the education that we offer. The co-curricular programme at New Hall is designed to provide the breadth to the education that enables us to develop the well-balanced individuals, of which we can all be proud.

The impact that an active involvement in the co-curricular life of the school can have on academic attainment should not be underestimated. Many of the skills developed through co-curricular activities are directly transferable to the academic arena. These include problem-solving, working as a team and performing under pressure in front of an audience. The necessary self-discipline and commitment to practice that are fundamental to success in these areas are also mirrored in the classroom.

It is often said that success breeds success. Achieving high standards within an area of New Hall’s co-curricular programme could develop your son or daughter’s self-confidence within other aspects of their education here.

Our programme of clubs and activities may vary from year to year, depending on student and staff interests; however, the lists below will give you a flavour of the type of activity that has been offered recently at New Hall.  For the most up to date list of activities, please refer to the pdf file available below for the current term.

If you have any queries about the Co-Curriculum at New Hall, please contact Mr Sidwell, Vice Principal at

Co-Curricular Activities
NHVS Music Dance Sport Drama/LAMDA General
Barn Banquet Lunches Boys Choir (Year 7) Advanced Contemporary Michaelmas Term Drama Club Academic Projects Club
Colombus School Brass Ensemble Advanced Gold Jazz Boys’ Rugby LAMDA Acting Club Ancient Greek Club
Friday Feast Lunches Chamber Choir Advanced Musical Theatre Girls’ Hockey LAMDA Musical Theatre Animal Volunteering
Red Cross Lunches Girls Choir (Year 7) AS Level Dance Netball LAMDA Public Speaking Art Club
Shaftesbury Group Music Theory Lessons Ballet & Pointe   Production Rehearsal Art Study Club
Tuesday Tuck-In Lunches Saxtet Boys Street Dance Lent Term   Astronomy Club
Wilderness Group School Choir Festival Company Boys’ Hockey   BBC Young Reporter Club
  String Ensemble (Invitation) Jazz (Bronze, Silver & Gold) Girls’ Cricket – Pre-Season   Bronze Duke of Edinburgh
  Symphony Orchestra Jazz Limbering & Technique Netball   Christmas Cake Club
  The Jazz Initiative Lyrical Rugby 7’s   DELF Preparation Club
  Training Orchestra Modern Drama/LAMDA   EAL Culture Club
    Musical Theatre Trinity Term   EAL Reading Club
    Street Crew Boys’/Girls’ Cricket   Economics & Business Affairs Society
    Street Dance Rugby Skills (School & Rugby Academy)   Games Club
    Stretch & Tone Tennis   Geography Society
          Gold Duke of Edinburgh
      Riding Lessons Tue / Thu   History Society
      Skiing Sunday   Library Study
          Mandarin for Beginners
          Mathematics Club
          Med Soc & Bio Soc
          Model United Nations
          Public Speaking & Debating Skills Club
          Silver Duke of Edinburgh
          Theology Society
Personal Development Award

The New Hall Personal Development Award is designed to enable Key Stage 3 students to maximise the development of their learning habits and character strengths.

Much like The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, there are three levels to this Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold), each requiring differing levels of time commitment.

We encourage all students in Years 7-9 to aim to work their way through the three levels of the scheme, with the aim for them to have achieved their Gold Award by the time they enter Year 10.

For further details of this award scheme, please download the summary overview document from the link within this section.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award

At New Hall School we are delighted to be able to offer all three levels of The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.  They are accessible to all students, both day and boarders and the Awards offer the opportunity for students to develop themselves in various ways, in leadership, in learning new skills, enhancing current skills and exploring the countryside on expeditions both locally and further afield. There are three awards: Bronze (undertaken in Year 9), Silver (undertaken in Year 11) and Gold (undertaken in Year 12). Each level becomes more demanding of time and effort. The awards are in four sections at each level.

All Year 10 students are offered the opportunity to sign up for their Bronze Award and around two thirds of the year group take up the challenge.  The expeditions are local to Chelmsford and Essex, closely supervised by staff whilst allowing students to develop navigation and map reading skills, as well as teamwork, camping and cooking for themselves in groups.

Students in Year 11 are all offered the opportunity to register for their Silver Award regardless of whether they have completed Bronze or not.  Being a direct entrant into the Silver Award does require extra time being spent on at least one of the sections of Volunteering, Physical and Skills.  Approximately half of the Bronze Award students go onto Silver with the expedition locations being in the South Downs and Peak District.  At Silver, we enjoy the presentations that are put together by expedition teams and reflect their experiences.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme creates memories that will last a lifetime, builds friendships and offers challenges that shape personalities and characters.  Will you rise to the challenge?




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