Holmbury St Mary, Dorking, RH5 6NU, Surrey
|Principal||Mr Cosmo Jackson|
|Date Appointed||September 2005|
|Co-ed Age Range||16-18|
|Number of pupils||360|
|Day fees per annum||£29,748|
|Boarding fees per annum||£44,622|
|Average Class Size||10|
|Associations||ARELS, ISA, BSA|
Hurtwood House is a boarding school with a difference – a big difference! Although it has all the facilities of a typical public school, it specialises exclusively in the sixth form and the age range 16-18. Changing schools at 16 opens up a whole new world of fresh experiences and challenges and provides the perfect stepping-stone between school and university. Hurtwood House is young, exciting and dynamic and, most importantly of all, it is exceptionally creative with drama, media, art, textiles, dance, music and singing to die for.
Academic studies: A particularly wide range of A-levels ranging from traditional academic subjects such as Maths, Sciences, Modern Languages, Economics etc, plus an outstanding selection from the creative and performing arts.
Academic success: Hurtwood has consistently been one of the top co-educational boarding schools in the UK for the last 15 years.
Art, Drama and Music: Hurtwood’s Drama, Media and Art are generally recognised as unrivalled at this level, providing outstanding facilities for the budding actor, director, film-maker, singer, songwriter, artist or fashion designer.
Boarding life: Hurtwood is a boarding community with five main houses. It is particularly easy to join because half the school is new every year and everyone arrives together.
Entry procedure: Interview and reference. Places are limited and successful candidates should be ambitious, dedicated and capable and be prepared to make a significant contribution to the life of the school.
Examinations prepared for: A-level – Accounting, Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Economics, English Literature, French, German, History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Media Studies, Music Technology, Photography, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Textiles, Theatre Studies.
Extra-curricular: Most main sports plus a special timetabled programme including mountain-biking, dance, circus skills, yoga, debating, kick-boxing, cookery, car maintenance, stocks and shares and musical theatre.
Facilities: “This is undoubtedly the most professional media set-up we have ever seen. Anywhere. Squillions of pounds and a wealth of experience on the teaching side.” The Good Schools Guide
Learning support:A uniquely detailed weekly monitoring and grading system ensures that personal tutors have their fingers on the pulse at all times and can offer help, support and encouragement as required.
Specialities: Everything for the creative student – drama, dance, music, singing, art, fashion, media, film-making, photography. All practical work is undertaken to the highest professional standards.
Sports: Football, rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, basketball, tennis, golf, badminton etc. Although not compulsory, there is a full programme of sports every afternoon and inter-school matches.
International students: About 30% of Hurtwood students are from overseas. Specialised English support is available and there are English courses for overseas students in the Summer holidays.