Chelmsford School Girls Get a Lesson in STEM
31st January 2014

New Hall School in Chelmsford has held a popular careers event for girls who may have an interest in any of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

STEM subjects are integral to the success of the global economy. In the UK, we are competing on a world stage against countries which have been pursuing the growth of STEM over an extended period of time. Like many other developed countries, however, our young people are increasingly disengaged from STEM subjects which manifests itself in a reduced number of enrolments in courses in those STEM subjects which are critical to our future economic growth.


The evening, which was held on Thursday 30 January was the first of its kind at New Hall School and saw over 50 professionals from Science and Industry talking to the girls in a ‘speed-mentoring’ format. The adults were representing a range of local firms including e2v, Essex & Suffolk Water, BAE Systems and Whittle & Co Chartered Accountants. Firms from further afield included KPMG, Morgan Stanley, Tesco, Specsavers, and HSBC. The girls were able to learn first-hand about the career and study path of the professionals and gain insight and advice on the best way to approach a future career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics based industries.  There were also opportunities for some hands on activities which the girls enjoyed.


Katherine Jeffrey, Principal at New Hall School said: “One challenge for STEM teaching is to help young people recognise how the science, design & technology, computer science, engineering and mathematics that they study at school can lead to rich and varied career pathways. We hope evenings like this will inspire our students and enable them to discover some of the incredible opportunities which arise from studying these subjects.


“We are delighted that so many professionals from Science and Industry, many of whom are friends, parents, governors and past students of New Hall, agreed to attend our inaugural event to speak to our students during the course of the evening and we would like to thank them sincerely for their support and contribution.”


At New Hall School, boys and girls in Years 7-11 are taught in single-sex lessons in all subjects. This is known as the ‘diamond model’ of education.

Principal of New Hall School, Katherine Jeffrey explains: “In a diamond model school, children are educated in co-educational classes up to age 11 and again at sixth form. However, from 11 to 16-years-old they are taught in single-sex classes. Evidence suggests girls perform better academically in girls-only schools, while boys appear to benefit more from co-education. The diamond model provides the opportunity to combine the academic benefits of single-sex education with the social advantages of co-education.

“The main benefits of five years of single-sex teaching derive from the ability to tailor pastoral and academic provision more sensitively and expertly to the needs of young people going through the physical and social upheaval of adolescence. Young teenagers are liberated from the negative peer pressure of having to perform in mixed classes.”

Future events are being planned by New Hall School including a similar event for boys.

For more information please contact Heather Barras, Marketing Assistant, New Hall School on

01245 467 588 or email:


Notes to Editors:


·          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 School are proud of their academic achievements. In 2013, students achieved a 100% success rate in GCSE and A Level Examinations.

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