Head Girl and Boy lead A Level celebrations at top independent school
21st August 2013

76% of grades at A*-B

94% of grades at A*-C

100% success rate overall

The Head Girl and Boy are leading the A Level results celebrations at New Hall School, a leading Catholic independent boarding and day school in Chelmsford. Together with their two deputies, they are celebrating a remarkable 14 A*/A grades between them.

The four student Heads of School, all from Chelmsford or the surrounding area, are leading celebrations at the historic school where 94% of grades achieved at A Level were at A*-C and 76% of grades at A*-B.

Head Boy Daniel Mullens, from Great Dunmow, has secured an offer to read Classics at Oxford University by achieving 3 A*s in Classical Greek, History and Latin and 2 A grades in Mathematics and Spanish. He secured a further A* grade in his Extended Project, as an independent research initiative. Meanwhile, Head Girl Grace Fairbairn, from Maldon, achieved 3 A grades in Biology, Mathematics and Music to secure her first choice university, to study Midwifery, beating 585 applicants for 28 places.

Deputy Head Boy Taha Kahn, from Chelmsford, achieved 3 A* grades and secured his offer to study Medicine at Queen Mary, University of London. Deputy Head Girl Portia McEwan, from Great Dunmow, overcame a serious illness in her final year at New Hall School to secure 2 A grades in Geography and Psychology and a B grade in Biology. Portia has secured her first choice university and is looking forward to reading Psychology at the University of Southampton.

New Hall School Year 13 students and teachers are celebrating outstanding results in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Modern Languages, Ancient Greek, Latin and Art, with record numbers of A*/A grades. Students have secured places to study at Oxbridge and other leading Russell Group universities.

Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, said: "We are proud of all our students’ successes and it is wonderful to see their excitement today after all their hard work. We are delighted to hear that students have secured places at Oxford University to read Classics, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, as well as at other leading Russell Group universities, such as Edinburgh, Exeter and Queen Mary, University of London, to read competitive subjects including Law, Engineering and Medicine." 2

Head of Sixth Form, James Alderson, said: "I am delighted to be able to celebrate with our students today. The excellent results achieved are a great reward for the hard work of all students. We plan to build on this success in future years, as we open our new Sixth Form Centre at New Hall School this September."

Vice Principal (Academic), Jo Storey, said: "At New Hall the curriculum is distinctive in its breadth and academic rigour. At Sixth Form, there are a wide range of subjects for students to choose from, including Government & Politics, Theology, Economics, Philosophy and Critical Thinking. Our new Sixth Form Centre, which opens this September, will provide a wonderful space to inspire university style learning. We look forward to hearing of our current students future successes as they embark on their university life."

New Hall School welcomes students from the local Chelmsford area, as well as those from around the world. Boarding students have been attracted by New Hall’s international reputation for its distinctive curriculum and academic excellence and for the range of co-curricular opportunities available. The pastoral care system and boarding provision, rated outstanding by Ofsted, allow students to enjoy learning in a supportive community, where teamwork and the importance of developing life skills and moral integrity are emphasised.

New Hall was the first independent school nationally to sponsor a primary school. Staff at its sponsored partner school, Messing Primary School, near Colchester, were delighted to hear of the New Hall student successes at A Level.


Alex Marler from Chelmsford, achieved 2 A* grades and 1 A and secured a place at Durham University to study Anthropology and Archaeology.

Jack Richardson, from Little Dunmow, achieved 1 A* and 4 A grades and secured a place at the University of York to read English.

Imogen Ovendon, from Little Waltham earned 2 A* grades and 1 A. She will now study Medicine at the University of Nottingham.

We are proud of every New Hall student and look forward of hearing of their future endeavours.

For further information, please contact Tom Warmington, Director of Communications at New Hall School. Tel: 01245 467 588 | Mobile: 07730 840 946 E-mail:

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