A Level Results 2019

Record A Level Results for New Hall School, Chelmsford

Record average UCAS point score per student equates to AAB in successful ‘diamond model’ school

New Hall students celebrate 37% A*, over three quarters at A*/A and 98% A*-B grades at A Level for top third of cohort!

Record number of students secure places at their first choice university

  % Grades for all students % Grades for top third of cohort
A* 17% 37%
A*-A 51% 77%
A*-B 84% 98%
A*-C 95% 100%


Sixth Form students at New Hall School, the UK’s largest Catholic boarding & day school, are celebrating a record-breaking year of outstanding A Level results. The highest ever percentage of top grades were achieved, with 51% of grades at A*/A and 17% of grades at A*. A further record was set with 84% of grades at A*-B. Once again New Hall announced a 100% success rate overall in 327 A Levels sat, results which included students achieving 100% in a number of A Level papers.


New Hall students celebrate a record 84% of grades at A*-B.


Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, said: “We are extremely proud of all our students’ successes. We are delighted to hear that a record number of students have secured places at their first choice universities, including competitive Russell Group university courses in subjects such as Law, Engineering and Medicine. The university and apprenticeship places that New Hall students have gained reflect the holistic education that the School offers, from Humanities to Medicine and Engineering to Modern Languages.”


Academic Departments celebrating particular successes include: Mathematics, with 66% of grades at A*/A; Further Mathematics, with 67% of grades at A*/A;
Economics, with 63% of grades at A*/A; History, with 69% of grades at A*/A; and Art, with 80% of grades at A*/A.


New Hall students are celebrating outstanding STEM success, with half of the results in these subjects at the top grades A*/A. This is double the national average. New Hall has also bucked the national trend with record STEM results at A*/A in a year that has seen the proportion of top grades decline. New Hall students have secured university places for: Engineering; Motorsport Engineering; Material Science & Engineering; Medicine; Mathematics & Physics; Physics & Astronomy; Physics; Geophysics; Psychology; Chemistry; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Nursing; Midwifery; Architecture; Sport & Exercise Science; Economics; and Computer Science.


New Hall students buck the national trend with a record 51% achieving A*/A, double the national average.
(From right to left: Phineas Allen 4A*s; Matthew Sexton 2A*s and 2As; Jacob O’Ceallaigh 3A*s and an A; Jonjo McMahon 2A*s, 1 A and an A* in his EPQ; Daniel Skells 2A*s and 2As, and Alexander Smith 1A and 2 Bs).


New Hall makes means-tested bursaries available to support the education of students whose families would not otherwise be able to afford the fees. Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, said: “As well as running a multi-academy trust for a primary school, New Hall provides public benefit through generous levels of bursary provision. Eleven A Level students benefitted from bursaries this year, of up to 100% of fees. These students achieved outstanding A Level grades. Between them, they were awarded: 8A*s, 12As, and 13Bs. We are delighted that these students have made the most of the educational opportunities provided by the bursaries they were awarded.”


Head of Sixth Form, James Alderson, said: “This is the first year that all A Levels have been examined under the reformed, tougher specifications. Our record results are a testament to the hard work of our students and staff. We are delighted to share in the joy of our students today, as they find out that they have the grades needed to take up the university places of their choice, as well as other competitive professional and vocational courses and schemes.”


Record numbers of New Hall students secured places at their first choice university.
(Left to right: Caitlin Murray achieved 2A*s, 1A and an A in her EPQ and has secured her place at Durham University to read Philosophy & Theology; and Jessica Whiley, achieved 3As and has secured her place at the University of Exeter to read Law).


Julius Sidwell, Vice Principal, said: “The benefits of boarding at New Hall are reflected in this year’s outstanding A Level results, with 14A*s, 30As and 33Bs achieved by the 27 boarders in this year group. Without the daily time pressure of travelling to school, boarders have more time to dedicate to their studies, seek help from academic staff and access the full co-curricular timetable.” Boarding students have been attracted by New Hall’s international reputation for its distinctive curriculum and academic excellence and for the range of co-curricular opportunities available. The pastoral care system and boarding provision, consistently rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, allow students to enjoy learning in a supportive community, where teamwork and the importance of developing life skills and moral integrity are emphasised.


The recent cuts in boarding fees have made New Hall School one of the most affordable boarding schools in the UK, with an annual full boarding fee of £19,764 in Years 3-6 and £24,579 in Years 7-8. Sixth Form languages scholarships are still available for September 2019, for those studying French, Spanish or Latin at A Level.


Following another ‘Outstanding’ inspection in 2018, New Hall School has just received permission from the Department of Education to expand to 1,500 students. A new Nursery for children aged 1-3 opens on campus in September 2019 and the four Boarding Houses have been refurbished and expanded to welcome the growing number of boarders, including those choosing flexi-boarding and weekly boarding options. New Hall runs a multi-academy trust and continues as the successful academy sponsor of Messing Primary School.


New Hall students celebrate record results