Mission, Ethos Statement & Aims of the School

Mission and Ethos

New Hall, a Catholic boarding and day school, provides
the best start in life, enabling students
to meet confidently the challenges of the wider world.

Here academic excellence is achieved in surroundings
where relationships are based on
care, trust and respect.

We welcome students from many traditions,
building a Christian community that has at its heart
prayer and service to others.

Catholic Foundation

Our Catholic foundation and ethos is central to all that we do, supported by the work of our lively Chaplaincy Team. At New Hall, a special value is placed on love and forgiveness, which encourage relationships based on trust, kindness, self-respect and care for those in need. 

Students meet every week in our historic and beautiful Chapel, which has been a place for daily prayer for over 200 years. It is a peaceful place where those of all faiths and none can find stillness and calm. It provides a sanctuary from a busy world.

Students participate in the planning of liturgies and take an active role in various ministries as servers, readers and musicians. The acoustics of the Chapel enhance the fine liturgical music that enriches the worship.

All students participate in our award-winning New Hall Voluntary Service (NHVS), where they gain confidence, leadership and team-working skills and a desire to serve others. They will develop a sense of charity and community that will remain with them beyond their years at New Hall.

Aims of the School

The school aims:

To give students an experience of life in a Christian community:
  • Affirming each individual as a unique part of God’s creation, and nurturing in each person a sense of dignity and self-worth
  • Fostering caring relationships, a sense of team spirit, and respect for others
To inspire students to develop their God-given gifts and talents to their full potential:
  • Intellectual
  • Spiritual
  • Social and emotional
  • Aesthetic and physical
To provide a broad and balanced education, rooted in the school’s Catholic foundation, which is responsive to and supportive of the needs and aspirations of the individual:
  • Fostering intellectual curiosity, a desire to seek truth, and a life-long love of learning
  • Enabling students to discover their own strengths and weaknesses, to learn from ‘failures’, and to develop the self-discipline and determination to persevere, in order to pursue their goals in a rapidly changing world
To enable staff to be aware of the values and vision of the school and to give them support and encouragement to carry out their professional duties and responsibilities in the pursuit of excellence, with pride and commitment.