FAQ


What are the benefits of boarding?

Boarding is an increasingly attractive option; there are many reasons why boarding might be a suitable option for your family. At New Hall, boarders are known and affirmed and feel part of a very special family where strong friendships are made which will last a lifetime. They have the full attention of experienced and dedicated house staff in a close family environment. At New Hall there are high academic expectations and generous time for study but also, there is an emphasis on building social confidence among boarders with plenty of time for fun activities and to develop those all-important friendships and life skills. Boarding students make the most of the New Hall school experience.

Can I come on a tour of the boarding house with my child?

Yes. We think coming to visit is the best way to decide whether boarding is right for your child. Please contact the Register to arrange to meet with Mrs Elizabeth Searle, Director of Boarding, and to receive a personal tour of the school and boarding provision. The Registrar can be contacted by calling 01245 263 098 or by email on registrar@newhallschool.co.uk.

My child is used to a small prep school, will New Hall be too large?

The size of New Hall brings huge advantages to students, as you will see when you look at our excellent facilities and outstanding gardens and grounds.  At New Hall children have room to grow and we pride ourselves on our family atmosphere and values. All our boarding staff, and their families, are dedicated to ensuring every student feels part of the New Hall family - a feeling that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Is Age 7 too early to start boarding?

Our experience is that children adapt better to boarding earlier rather than later. Boarders always live with others their own age and at New Hall, friendships grow quickly and last a lifetime. We have two houses dedicated to younger boarders and staff experienced in looking after boarders from Year 3. In this way you can be sure that your most treasured possession will be cared for, grown and nurtured at New Hall.

What sort of boarding does New Hall offer?

At New Hall School we offer full, weekly or flexi boarding.  All students from Year 10 upwards are full or weekly boarders. For more details see our BOARDING OPTIONS page.  

How much contact do boarders have with parents?

Boarders have access to their mobile phones in the evening. Students are not allowed to use their phones during the school day; these are kept safely in the boarding house.  In the junior houses mobile phones and laptop computers are collected in at bedtime. Students also have access to the school’s wifi network whilst in bedrooms and can access email and skype in the evenings. 

Who will my child go to if there’s a problem?

There are a range of people your child can go to, whatever their worry. The House staff are always on hand and older boarding students and prefects often act as informal mentors.  During the school day there is a student led support group, organised by the Sixth Form Chaplaincy Prefects. Our houses are all based on Catholic values of trust and respect and our staff will work with you to ensure your child feels happy and secure from the start of their boarding experience.

Do I have to decide whether or not to apply for boarding when I register?

Your child can start boarding at any time during their school life, however, boarding is very popular and we often have more applications than spaces, therefore, we would encourage you to indicate a preference for boarding as soon as possible. Those who choose full or weekly boarding will be given priority if a waiting list is in operation. See our ADMISSIONS POLICY for more details.

Can boarders stay at school at weekends?

Yes. There are always full boarders, of all ages, at New Hall over the weekend during term time and there is a rich and diverse selection of cultural, artistic and adventure activities at weekends for both boarding and day students. In addition, boarders have access to all the school’s facilities, including the library, ICT suites, swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness suite, national standard athletics track and performing arts studios. On Sunday evenings, boarders of many different faiths come together for Mass in the beautiful school chapel. This is a special time for everyone and boarders are involved with organising this, as readers and as servers.  The exception to this is on Exeat weekends, of which we have two every term. 

Does the school have Exeat weekends?

Yes. There are two Exeat weekends per term.  For the dates of forthcoming Exeat weekends, please see the TERM DATES PAGE.  

Are there many international boarders at New Hall?

Around a third of our boarders are international, with the majority in the Sixth Form houses.  All boarders can speak English and come from countries including Mexico, Spain, Russia, America, China and Dubai. Integrating fully with groups from different cultures is part of the New Hall experience.

Where do boarders eat?

Boarders eat together in the main school refectory. An exciting and varied menu is on offer for breakfast, lunch, tea and supper with an emphasis on healthy eating. Houses all have their own kitchens and as students get older these become more widely used as we prepare boarders for university life.