What many schools term ‘extra-curricular’ activities, for us at New Hall forms the ‘Co-Curriculum’, an intrinsic and valued part of what we do educationally. 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.

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.

Co-Curricular Activities
Barn Banquet LunchesThe Jazz InitiativeAdvanced ContemporaryMichaelmas TermDrama ClubAcademic Projects Club
Colombus SchoolBrass EnsembleAdvanced Gold JazzBoys’ RugbyLAMDA Acting ClubAncient Greek Club
Friday Feast LunchesChamber ChoirAdvanced Musical TheatreGirls’ HockeyLAMDA Musical TheatreAnimal Volunteering
Red Cross LunchesTraining OrchestraAS Level DanceNetballLAMDA Public SpeakingArt Club
Shaftesbury GroupMusic Theory LessonsBallet & PointeProduction RehearsalArt Study Club
Tuesday Tuck-In LunchesSaxtetBoys Street DanceLent TermAstronomy Club
Wilderness GroupSchool ChoirFestival CompanyBoys’ HockeyBBC Young Reporter Club
String Ensemble (Invitation)Jazz (Bronze, Silver & Gold)Girls’ Cricket – Pre-SeasonBronze Duke of Edinburgh
Symphony OrchestraJazz Limbering & TechniqueNetballChristmas Cake Club
LyricalRugby 7sDELF Preparation Club
ModernEAL Culture Club
Musical TheatreTrinity TermEAL Reading Club
Street CrewBoys’/Girls’ CricketEconomics & Business Affairs Society
Street DanceRugby Skills (School & Rugby Academy)Games Club
Stretch & ToneTennisGeography Society
Gold Duke of Edinburgh
Riding Lessons Tue / ThuHistory Society
Skiing SundayLibrary Study
Mandarin for Beginners
Mathematics Club
Med Soc & Bio Soc
Model United Nations
Public Speaking & Debating Skills Club
Silver Duke of Edinburgh
Theology Society

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.Duke of Edinburgh Award

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.

Highly sought after by potential employers and university admissions, the Gold Award is the most challenging of the Award scheme.  At this level numbers are restricted to 20, although dependent on registrations each year, this is reviewed.  The most challenging section of this award is the expedition which takes place in mountainous areas of the UK including the Brecon Beacons and the Dark Peak.  They are expertly run and assessed by Adventure Expeditions, the registered approved activity provider, that we use at this level.

At Gold, students must complete volunteering, physical and skills sections but they are also required to attend a Residential of 5 days and 4 nights, away from friends and family, making new friendships.  The list of opportunities for the Residential is endless from outdoor activity centres, sailing on the tall ships, volunteering on camps to overseas volunteering and study/revision camps and at a range of costs to suit all pockets.

For each Award, the school staff offer guidance and support; should students want to fundraise to help with costs, then we actively encourage them to do so.  Students are expected to complete their Awards within the given time frame and those students who register for the Gold Award are required to complete during the two years of Sixth Form.

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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