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What’s New 2011-12 Highlights

This Year?

Record 32% of students with 3, 4 or 5 A*/A grades at A Level - best result of independent schools in Essex

Outstanding Academic Achievements

100% success rate PLUS INSIDE Sport, Performing Arts and another remarkable year at New Hall


A triumphant year Katherine Jeffrey, Principal I hope that you enjoy reading about highlights from the last academic year at New Hall School. Every year here is special, but this year has been truly triumphant. We have seen outstanding academic achievements and have celebrated success across all subjects and in all sports, in our pastoral care, co-curriculum and boarding provision, much of which you can read about in these pages. This past year we celebrated winning the National Independent Schools Award in recognition of our strategic initiative and growth since first admitting boys in 2005. We announced the expansion of our boarding provision and the opening of two new boarding houses, which will allow us to enhance further the exceptional care we provide for boarding students. We ended the year with the news that New Hall would be the first independent school in the country to enter into sponsorship of a state primary academy. If this is the first time you are hearing about New Hall School I warmly invite you to come and visit us for yourselves. Please contact our Registrar, Miss Marie Norrington, on 01245 467 588 or via email on registrar@newhallschool.co.uk for further information or to arrange a tour. I look forward to meeting you.

Katherine Jeffrey, Principal

New Hall picks up the prestigious National Independent Schools Award for strategic initiative

Daniel Mullens and Grace Fairburn are the new Head Boy and Head Girl

The U12 Cricket Team being named County Champions was just one of the many sporting successes


Academic Achievements

Outstanding examination results for New Hall

A Level 2012 A record 32% of students from the 2012 A Level cohort achieved 3, 4 or 5 A*/A grades, which was the best result from any independent school in Essex. 50% of grades were at A*/A, double the national average and up 5% from the previous year, even though the number of A*/A grades nationally held at the previous year’s level. Once again New Hall announced a 100% success rate overall. Of the cohort of 81 students, 48 achieved A* grades. Two of the top performers achieved 5 A*/A grades each. GCSE 2012 This year’s GCSE results were outstanding. There was a 100% success rate, with 80% of all grades at A*-B and 47% of grades at A*/A. 26 students achieved 9 or more A*/A grades. Nationally, girls’ results always significantly exceed that of boys. However, at New Hall, boys and girls both achieve outstanding results, with only 1% difference of grades at A*-C. We believe this to be a result of the innovative and distinctive Diamond Model which operates at the school, whereby students experience the benefits of a co-educational environment together with the advantages of girls and boys being taught separately at Key Stage 3 and for GCSE.

• • • •

Record 95% A*-C at GCSE. Record 32% of students awarded 3, 4 or 5 A*/A at A Level. 80% of grades at A*-B at GCSE. 76% A*-B at A Level.

At New Hall the curriculum is distinctive in its breadth and academic rigour. There is a wide range of subjects for students to choose from, including Government & Politics, Theology, Economics and Critical Thinking. The outstanding results and record numbers achieving A*/A grades are testament to all our students’ hard work and dedication. We look forward to hearing of their future successes. Katherine Jeffrey, Principal


2012

A Level Results Katherine Jeffrey, Principal

A Level 2012 Subject Art

Number of Students

New Hall

National

A*

A

B

C

D

E

+

Pass %

A*-B%

A*-B%

1

0

4

2

0

0

7

100%

71.43%

58.10%

Biology

1

3

5

5

1

2

17

100%

52.94%

52.80%

Business Studies

1

6

2

2

0

0

11

100%

81.82%

43.30%

Chemistry

0

5

5

3

1

1

15

100%

66.67%

60.70%

Chinese

3

9

0

0

0

0

12

100%

100%

80.70%

Classics

0

0

2

1

0

0

3

100%

66.67%

66.20%

Critical Thinking

0

4

2

2

0

0

8

100%

75%

35.70%

Drama

0

1

4

3

0

0

8

100%

62.50%

47.50%

Economics

2

6

3

1

1

0

13

100%

84.62%

62.80%

English Literature

0

3

5

4

2

0

14

100%

57.14%

48.10%

Extended Project

5

1

0

1

1

0

8

100%

75%

51.50%

French

0

3

0

0

0

0

3

100%

100%

68.80%

Further Mathematics

4

1

0

0

0

0

5

100%

100%

78.40%

Geography

5

2

6

4

1

0

18

100%

72.22%

58.10%

History

0

6

5

2

0

0

13

100%

84.62%

56.30%

ICT

2

5

3

1

0

0

11

100%

90.91%

30.10%

Latin

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

100%

100%

66.20%

Mathematics

7

18

3

4

2

1

35

100%

80%

65.90%

Photography

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

100%

100%

58.10%

Physical Education

0

2

1

2

1

0

6

100%

50%

37.50%

Physics

1

2

5

3

0

0

11

100%

72.73%

55.00%

Polish

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

100%

100%

76.30%

Politics

3

2

6

4

1

0

16

100%

68.75%

59.20%

Psychology

3

4

7

5

2

0

21

100%

66.67%

43.60%

Religious Studies

2

3

4

3

0

0

12

100%

75%

55.90%

Russian

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

100%

100%

Spanish

2

2

0

0

0

0

4

100%

100%

Totals

46

90

74

52

13

4

279

“We are proud of the students’ successes and it is wonderful to see their excitement after all their hard work. The results achieved are up on last year, particularly at the top grades A*/A, bringing much deserved university success. We are delighted to hear that students have secured places at Cambridge University for Engineering and Economics, as well as other leading universities such as Edinburgh and Warwick, to read subjects including Engineering, Medicine and Sciences.”

• Record 32% of students achieve 3, 4, or 5 A*/A grades making New Hall best in Essex • 76% of grades at A*/B • 50% of grades at A*/A • 100% success rate • 3 students win places at Cambridge University

66.60%

Including out-of-age candidates


2012

GCSE Results

Katherine Jeffrey, Principal

GCSE 2012 Subject

Number of Students

New Hall

A*

A

B

C

D

E

+

Pass %

A-B%

Art & Design

3

6

12

7

0

0

28

100%

75.00%

Biology

4

19

8

3

0

0

34

100%

91.18%

Chemistry

6

17

7

4

0

0

34

100%

88.24%

Chinese

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

100%

100%

Design Technology

5

7

7

0

0

0

19

100%

100%

Drama

2

5

7

10

4

0

28

100%

50.00%

English

14

37

49

25

0

0

125

100%

80.00%

English Literature

12

38

59

16

0

0

125

100%

87.20%

French

3

16

14

12

14

9

68

100%

47.14%

Geography

18

35

28

15

8

1

105

100%

77.14%

German

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

100%

100%

History

10

12

6

0

2

0

30

100%

93.33%

ICT

9

45

32

7

0

0

93

100%

92.47%

Latin

4

3

4

0

0

0

11

100%

100%

Mathematics

17

35

35

34

9

0

130

100%

66.92%

Music

2

9

4

2

0

0

17

100%

88.24%

Photography

1

6

13

5

0

0

25

100%

80.00%

Physical Education

2

29

17

0

0

0

48

100%

100%

Physics

6

20

8

0

0

0

34

100%

100%

Religious Studies

28

60

34

6

2

0

130

100%

93.85%

Science

9

18

29

16

5

0

96

100%

66.67%

Science Additional

6

18

29

16

5

0

74

100%

71.62%

Spanish

8

12

6

13

10

3

52

100%

50.00%

171

450

413

205

56

13

1308

Totals

“New Hall School was a pioneer of the Diamond Model which, we believe, provides the best of both worlds: the benefits of a co-educational environment together with the advantages of girls and boys being taught separately at Key Stage 3 and for GCSE. We are delighted with the record results at A*-C achieved this year. Students have achieved an excellent academic foundation to progress on to our Sixth Form. ”

• Record 95% of grades at A*-C • 26 students achieve 9 or more A*/A grades • 80% of grades at A*-B • Top achievers gain 11 A* grades each • 100% success rate • Record 88 students awarded A*/A in Religious Studies


Results 2012 - Gifted & Talented New Hall School has its own Gifted & Talented programme, which is proven to bring exceptional value added at GCSE and A Level. We believe that giftedness can be created and that students’ academic skills can be developed at ever higher levels if they are given intellectual challenges and opportunities to ‘think out of the box’. Through careful use of setting in most subject areas, our most academically gifted students are given the particular encouragement they need to stretch themselves. The outstanding performance of our most academically gifted students, those in the top sets, can be best appreciated by analysing the results of the top third of students in the Year 13 cohort. These are shown on the charts below.

Oxbridge Three students secured places at Cambridge University, after celebrating their A*/A grades at A Level: Pavel Kohout will be reading Engineering at Jesus College; Sam Trizuljak will be reading Economics at St Catherine’s College and Lucy Talbot (at New Hall 1998-2010) will be reading Modern Languages at Emmanuel College.

New Hall School vs. National Results The following charts compare New Hall School’s results at GCSE and A Level in 2012 to that of the National Average across all schools. Nationally, girls always far outstrip boys, but with New Hall’s Diamond Model teaching, boys and girls both achieve outstanding results, with only 1% difference of grades at A*-C. GCSE 2012

A Level 2012


The Diamond Model At New Hall School, boys and girls are taught co-educationally in the Preparatory School (ages 3-11), in singlesex classes in the Boys’ Division and Girls’ Division (11-16) and co-educationally in the Sixth Form (16-18). In this way, New Hall provides the best of both worlds: the benefits of a co-educational environment together with the advantages of girls and boys being taught separately at Key Stages 3 and 4. The provision of single-sex education during the formative, adolescent years, enables students to grow in confidence, whilst enjoying an education that is specifically tailored and that recognises the different ways in which boys and girls learn.

New Hall School was awarded the National Independent School Award for Outstanding Strategic Initiative in recognition of the exceptional success of the Diamond Model at New Hall.

The Rock Doctor visited Year 11 and Sixth Form students to give an exciting and inspirational Physics lesson with an electric guitar, November 2011

The Inter-House mathematics competition was won by Southwell House, March 2012

Year 7 students explored the meaning and significance of miracles

Congratulations to Mrs Molina, Mrs Hopkinson and Dr Shaw, who were all nominated, by their students, for a National Pearson Teaching Award, recognising outstanding teaching

Year 7 students received free books for Booked Up Week, October 2011

Joe Parker (Year 12) created an amazing piece of artwork on the bodywork of a BMW


2012 Sporting Success

The London 2012 Games inspired New Hall students, across all sports. In cricket, the U12 team became Essex County Champions and the U13 team reached the regional finals of the David English National Schools Cup.

In hockey, the U14 XII team were crowned Essex Champions and the U13 VII were runners up. Both teams went on to represent Essex in the East Regional Championships. The U12 team won the CESSSA district tournament. Madeline Taylor, Year 11, represented Great Britain at the Pony European Eventing Championships, achieving a silver medal. The U14 netball team were crowned CESSSA district champions. New Hall won the annual Invitational Tournament and a number of players progressed to the county academy. In rugby, George Perkins, Year 11, was selected to play for England at the International Schools Festival, the U12 team won the Year 7 Essex Cup Competition and the U16 team won the Essex Cup. The U13 boys and girls tennis teams became Aegon County Tennis Champions. The U13 team won the Independent Schools National Tennis Championships at Eton College, beating Reed’s School. In golf, the New Hall team won the nett trophy for the first time at the Independent Schools Cup and reached the finals of the Independent Schools Tournament. Swimming Captain Evangelina Fisher, Year 12, qualified for the British National Championships Qualifying Meet for the Olympic Games. Oliver Swallow, Year 9, qualified to compete with Team GB in triathlon.


Performing Arts Over the last year, students across music, dance and drama have enjoyed exceptional opportunities to delight and dazzle expectant audiences and to grow and develop in their chosen field. In Music, the annual choir tour took students to Italy, in February 2012, and gave them the opportunity to perform in some amazing venues. Meanwhile Molly Conrad, Year 10, won a prestigious competition, run by the Royal Opera House, to compose and record a fanfare to be used at the world-famous venue. Dance students performed ‘Made in Britain’ at the annual dance show at the Chelmsford Civic Theatre. There were further colourful and energetic performances at New Hall throughout the year. In Drama, there were memorable productions of Sweeney Todd, Troy and Hansel & Gretel. New Hall actors were also given an opportunity to perform on a professional stage, performing a new play called Socialism is Great. In LAMDA, students learn the best ways to deliver a speech for maximum effect and how to use their voice and body language to suit their audience, situation and purpose. Students, from all years, celebrated the best ever LAMDA results for New Hall; there was a 100% success rate, with 98% of students achieving a merit or distinction.


Charity & Service

Service to the community has always been an integral part of a New Hall education. This year, for one day only, the entire Sixth Form wore pink for Breast Cancer Awareness; students hosted luncheons for local elderly people throughout the year as part of the work of NHVS; students held a fashion show to raise funds for the annual NHVS Children’s Holiday and everyone supported the annual shoebox appeal, sending 141 parcels to some of the poorest countries in Europe. New Hall students also regularly support Amnesty International in their campaigns.

Ethos

The newly restored chapel is at the heart of the school. During 2011/12, we celebrated Catholic and Anglican Confirmations of a number of students, as well as many religious services and musical performances throughout the school year.

Top: Students at Catholic & Anglican Confirmation Services Above: Students at the annual Christmas Carol Service at Brentwood Cathedral

During the summer holidays, a group of students took part in the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes


The best year of my life Year 9 full-boarder

We believe a New Hall education can give you the best start in life. We know that your experience in your school days is a powerful influence on future success, in your chosen career and in your personal relationships. We believe that New Hall offers a distinctive education of real quality.

Henry Baird & Joe McQuillan (Year 9) spent Students had a once in a lifetime experience a term in South Africa on a rugby exchange racing at the Olympic stadium programme

The New Hall Equestrian Team celebrated another year of success

International students had fun at the Sixth The Inter-House cookery competitions were International students enjoyed a cultural almost as competitive as MasterChef trip to Windsor Castle Form International Boarders Club

Keen linguists from Years 9 -12 enjoyed many trips abroad, including a visit to Paris during the October half term


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Co-ed Preparatory School (3-11) ● Boys’ Division (11-16) ● Girls’ Division (11-16) ● Co-ed Sixth Form (16-18)

New Hall School is a vibrant and forward-thinking boarding and day school, located 30 minutes from London. The school operates an innovative and distinctive Diamond Model structure, with the ideal mix of single-sex and co-educational teaching. We are proud of our tradition of academic excellence combined with outstanding pastoral care. We aim to educate the whole person: academically, creatively and socially, in a community which also nurtures the spiritual and moral dimensions of human life. New Hall offers a distinctive education of real quality that is designed to give students the best start in life. We have built a national and international profile for academic, dramatic, musical and sporting excellence. New Hall School is located just 30 minutes from London. There are direct rail links to London and other major towns throughout East Anglia and London’s major airports are easily accesible. For more information about New Hall School, or to arrange a visit, please contact the Registrar.

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