A LEVEL: Head girl and boy lead exam celebrations at New Hall School, Chelmsford

New Hall School student heads celebrate, from left, Portia McEwan, Daniel Mullens, Grace Fairbairn a

New Hall School student heads celebrate, from left, Portia McEwan, Daniel Mullens, Grace Fairbairn and Taha Kahn. - Credit: Archant

THE head girl and boy are leading the A Level results celebrations at New Hall School, the Catholic independent boarding and day school in Chelmsford.

Together with their two deputies, they are celebrating a remarkable 14 A*/A grades between them.

94 per cent of grades were achieved at A Level were at A*-C and 76pc of grades at A*-B.

Head boy Daniel Mullens, from Great Dunmow, has secured an offer to read Classics at Oxford University by achieving three A*s in Classical Greek, History and Latin and two 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 three 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 three 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 two 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.

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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.”

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.”


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

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

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