Swimming at New Hall provides students of all ages with the opportunity to learn, improve and compete throughout the academic year. The sport is led by Wendy Staines, Head of Swimming, who is a former Team GB athlete and uses her wealth of knowledge and skill to train our young swimmers to National standard.


Swimmers at New Hall are able to benefit from the school's exceptional 25-metre, 6-lane indoor swimming pool. Our facilities also include a state of the art fitness suite to enhance the whole development of the athlete.

Fixtures and Competitions

Fixtures take place after school, mainly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with a comprehensive fixture list for all age groups throughout the academic year. We aim to ensure each team has a challenging fixture programme that will allow pupils to compete against some of the best swimmers in the area. Block fixtures are played regularly against schools such as Bancroft’s, Bishop's Stortford College, Brentwood School, Felsted School, Forest School and Ipswich High.

Teams are entered into the English Schools Divisional Rounds. 2016 will see a new fixture, The Bath & Otter Cup, during which New Hall will compete against 150 schools at the London Aquatics Centre.

We participate within the Mid Essex League which gives us an opportunity to utilise a wider range of swimmers. Water polo is now seen within fixtures and this sport is still building for 2016.

Michaelmas Term Swimming Fixture Booklet | PDF

Training times for Senior teams and Co-curricular Activities | DOC

Tours & Workshops

A programme is set for all age groups throughout the school. We are hoping to offer an overseas training camp in the future using Olympic pool facilities. 

Squad Training

Squad sessions are run throughout our academic terms catering for our top achieving pupils within the sport. The training also develop pupils as athletes looking at strength and conditioning, nutrition and the mental aspects of elite competition.


Former pupil, Ethan Harrington, qualified for New Hall as part of the East of England Team for English Schools. Ethan is now training as part of the National squads.

Current pupil, Courtney Saunders, has been offered a place on the ASA England Talent Development Programme.

Oliver Swallow represents Team GB within Triathlon and is part of the BTA England Talent Development Programme.

Last season, 15 pupils across the school represented Essex at various age groups with two being selected as Essex Country Champions in Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and IM, winning five golds in all of the events.