402 years’ service rewarded at New Hall School
24th June 2015

19 staff from New Hall School, in Boreham, were rewarded for their long and dedicated service, ranging from 15 to 33 years each.

In recognition for their combined 402 years’ employment, the teaching and support staff were treated to a barbecue lunch in the sunshine, along with their colleagues.

There was a presentation by Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, of a long service certificate and a gift from the school.  Katherine, who has been Principal for 14 years, said: “It is an inspiration to all of us to see the love, care and commitment of these long serving members of our staff team, who have helped to nurture our ethos and to guide and grow the school through such an exciting period of development.  There are many happy memories of school life over the years and this celebration has brought the team together to share stories and reflect on all that has been achieved.”

The longest serving member of the teaching staff, with an impressive 33 years’ service, is Director of Music, Andrew Fardell, from Colchester. Hot on his heels, with 28 years’ continuous service with the support staff, is New Hall’s Head Groundsman, Adrian Jacobs, from Danbury. 

Mark Addison, from Chelmsford, started his apprenticeship at New Hall, aged 16. He is a Security Guard who has now worked at the school across 30 years. Mark went from working through an agency, to taking up direct employment in 1998.

Three married couples were also celebrating today, Tony and Kim La Roche, from Boreham, have worked at New Hall for 39 years between them. Whilst Derek and Carol Pratt, from Chelmsford, were celebrating 32 years between them.

Janet and Billy Bevans, from Chelmsford, have worked at the school for a combined 34 years. For the Bevans, it’s a family affair, with Billy’s sister, Elaine Lillywhite, working at New Hall for 25 years to date. Whilst their mother, Mary Bevans, also worked for the school until her retirement, bringing the family total to 67 years employment with New Hall School.


  •   New Hall School is a leading Catholic independent boarding & day school for boys and girls aged 3-18
  •   Founded in 1642, New Hall School, Chelmsford, is the oldest Catholic school in England that has always taken girls. Following the establishment of its new charitable status as New Hall School Trust in 2005, in a pioneering move the former convent school opened its doors to senior boys
  •   New Hall was established on its current site in 1799
  •   New Hall School is proud of its academic achievements. In 2014, students achieved a 100% success rate in GCSE and A Level Examinations
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