Magdalen (Year 3-8)

We want every girl to grow up being happy, secure and confident.  In Magdalen, we provide a friendly, comfortable environment where girls can develop, safe in the knowledge that they are loved and respected.  At the same time, resident teachers help the girls to develop a rigorous approach to study.  

We understand that being away from home for the first time can be daunting, so we work closely with parents even before the girls arrive to make sure the transition to becoming a boarder is as smooth as possible.  

Magdalen girls work hard, learn new skills and develop friendships that they will keep for life. 

After school, there is a wide range of activities on offer, which vary each evening. The many sporting clubs, supported by boarding and fitness staff, are always popular, as are craft and cookery nights using the school’s Art and Technology Department facilities. In addition, music sessions are available in the school’s dedicated Performing Arts Centre.  

Boarding Options in Magdalen House

Full Boarding

Weekly Boarding


Mrs MacKay, Housemistress

Mrs MacKay studied for a Psychology BSc before completing a MSc in Psychology of Sport and Exercise at Loughborough University. Mrs MacKay joined New Hall School as a trainee PE and Psychology teacher. Shortly after entering the boarding house as Assistant Housemistress, Mrs MacKay realised this was an aspect of school life she was motivated to be involved with and help develop further. 

With nearly ten years experience in boarding at New Hall School with the junior girls, Mrs MacKay set up Magdalen House from its infancy and runs this as a home away from home for the girls in her care.

She loves nothing more than walking her dog, Travis, running around playing games or painting lots of different crafts with the boarders! Mrs MacKay, her husband and their daughter, Rose, can be seen joining the girls for weekend trips as part of their extended family! 

Magdalen House Gallery