Day Houses

    Chevron

    Boys' house
    Housemaster: Duffy Parry
    Founded: 1858

     

    Chevron is situated at the heart of the school in the East Wing of the inner quad. It is a friendly, welcoming, ‘home away from home’ for 49 boys from Year 9 (Shell) to Year 12 (Lower Sixth). Each pupil shares a study with friends from his year group where they have their own desk and wardrobe space, as well as access to the house wi-fi. Chevron has a spacious and welcoming common room where the boys can relax, play pool and table tennis.

    The team of Chevron tutors work hard to support the boys in all of their endeavours and to ensure that they feel safe, happy and able to achieve personal bests in everything that they do. The interactive noticeboard, and regular meetings with tutors ensure the boys are guided through their time at Hurst, whilst gaining leadership skills as House Prefects, Guardians, Sports captains and other positions of responsibility.

    Duffy joined Hurst in 2010 and spent four years as Head of Year 9 becoming Housemaster of Chevron in August 2017. Outside of the House Duffy teaches History, is an enthusiastic coach to “the teams with the most potential to improve” in Rugby and Cricket (U14C/Ds) and runs the Hurst Law Society. Having escaped the world of corporate law in 2010 Duffy thoroughly enjoys the variety and rewarding nature of his teaching career and feels blessed to work in the ambitious and supportive environment that is Hurst College. Duffy is married to Sarah, who is a Primary Education Publisher, and they have a son, Eskil.

    The Chevron boys are extremely proud of their house and the fact that everyone can be an individual as well as feeling part of the wider community.

    The accidental fire that destroyed the roof of Chevron (there were no injuries) made the national news in May 1954.

    Information from the Hurst Archives

    Crescent

    Boys' house
    Housemaster: Nick Creed
    Founded: 1861

     

    Crescent is the latest boys' day house, accommodating up to 48 boys. The house has a large shared social room in the centre of the house, equipped with a television, stereo, pool table and sofas. The house has a wireless network and printer for use throughout the school day and the boys have their own kitchen.

    Nick joined the college in 2007 and was appointed Housemaster of Crescent in September 2013. He is Master in Charge of Cricket, Assistant Director of Sport and teaches Sports Science and Business Studies. After graduating from university in Cardiff, Nick played Cricket for Sussex CCC before working for a property company and a sports marketing agency in London. Nick is married to Bryony who runs a pre-school in Cranleigh.

    As Housemaster of Crescent, Nick's aim is to create an environment where the boys have every chance of achieving their full potential; encouraging them to be thoughtful, caring and respectful young men who are not afraid to take the initiative. It is hoped that the boys progressively challenge themselves and become equipped to be good decision makers.

    Rev G. E. Pope was the first Housemaster of Crescent. He was noted for being the only Master at that time who was not afraid of the Headmaster Dr Lowe.

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    Fleur de Lys

    Girls' house
    Housemistress: Sarah Hyman
    Founded: 1853

     

    Fleur de Lys became the first-ever girls’ day house in 2003. In 2010 it moved to newly created accommodation and now occupies two floors on the southern aspect of the main school building. The first floor is for the Lower Sixth students, who have their own common room, kitchen and study rooms for two or four girls. Girls in Shell (Year 9) and Remove (Year 10) share a room where they have individual desks. In Fifth Form (Year 11), three or four students share a study. These year groups share a common room and kitchen.

    Sarah was appointed Housemistress in September 2011. She has worked in boarding schools for 25 years, in both Australia and England. In her twenties, Sarah lived in France, Italy and Switzerland, before becoming a teacher of French and Spanish. During the holidays Sarah enjoys spending as much time as possible in the French Alps with her family. Sarah says, "I love the sense of community that comes with a life in boarding schools. My three children have grown up at Hurst and it is a very special place for our family."

    Girls in Fleur de Lys take responsibility for their own learning and there is a real sense of desire to achieve and make the most of every moment of the school day. Most importantly, the girls support each other and create a happy and relaxed atmosphere in the house. The Fleur de Lys boarding team take pride in the way girls step-up to take on challenges in sport and activities to support their house.

    Fleur de Lys is one of the original houses and takes its name from the first dormitories. It became the first girls’ day house in 2003 with Housemistress Carla McKenny.

    Information from the Hurst Archives

    Phoenix

    Girls' house
    Housemistress: Helena Higgins
    Founded: 2013

     

    Phoenix opened in 2013 and is home to 44 girls during the school day. The house is located in the heart of the school, above the main entrance. Originally a Master’s corridor, before becoming a space for the school Library, the area was completely refurbished in 2013 to become the comfortable home it is for now. The open-plan design includes a large social room with kitchen facilities, TV and stereo where all the girls can congregate. The house has four individual year group study rooms and a  mezzanine floor.

    Helena Higgins has been Housemistress since Phoenix opened. She is a teacher of Design and Technology, with a Masters in Education after studying at Loughborough University. Helena has lived with her husband, Dan Higgins, Director of Operational Technology, on the Hurst campus since 1996. They have two daughters; Ella and Beth, who are both pupils at Hurst.

    Helena says, "Phoenix House is a happy and secure 'home from home', where the girls are able to thrive individually, but also learn to support, empathise and care for their fellow housemates, whilst making solid and long lasting friendships."

    The ethos of the house is support, kindness, trust and enthusiasm. Helena is committed to ensuring that every girl who enters Phoenix has a memorable and enjoyable time in the house; that they engage and work hard, but most importantly, build life-long friendships and develop the social skills necessary to carry them through their lives.

    Phoenix became the second girls’ day house in 2013 and was built in place of the old Learning Resource Centre. The first Housemistress was Helena Higgins.

    Information from the Hurst Archives

    Wolf

    Girls' house
    Housemistress: Jess Coleman
    Founded: 2017

     

     

    Wolf opened in 2017 and is currently home to 30 day girls. The house itself neighbours Phoenix and Shield. It was originally the upper floor of Chevron, later turning into Crescent and was then fully refurbished over the summer holidays to welcome the girls of Wolf in September 2017. The house has one large social room, including kitchen facilities, TV, and a ping-pong table.  The study rooms for each of the year groups are situated on corridors off the social area. The layout of the house makes for a very communal environment, where the girls can mix with those in their year group but also between year groups as a whole house.

    Jess Coleman has been Housemistress since Wolf opened in 2017. She is a teacher of Classics, studying her undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews and obtaining her PGCE from the University of Cambridge. Jess has been at the college since 2011, and in that time has been Assistant Housemistress in both day and boarding houses. 

    In its inaugural year the founding students have built an ethos of respect, kindness and a strong sense of community. A girl from Wolf house will be someone who is always willing to contribute to the house community, challenge themselves and strive to achieve their personal best, while supporting the people around them to achieve theirs too. Although a day house Wolf is a home from home for the girls, where strong friendships are formed in a respectful, caring and supportive environment.

    The name for Wolf house comes from the Coat of Arms of the school’s first headmaster. 
    The symbolism of the Wolf reflects the ethos of the house itself ‘ever watchful, giving protection, strength in numbers’. 

     

    Woodard

    Boys' house
    Housemaster: Andrew Smith
    Founded: 2008

     

     

    Named after the college’s founder, Woodard is situated in the heart of the school. Woodard can accommodate up to 50 boys across four year groups and aims to promote academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual health. All boys in the house are given their own desk and study space, with lockable storage facilities. Shell (Year 9) and Remove (Year 10) boys reside in two large rooms, whilst the Fifth Form (Year 11) and Lower Sixth boys share smaller studies. The Lower Sixth also have their own sitting room, the 'Rooker'Woodard has a large communal social room, equipped with sofas, a television, DVD player, stereo, computers, wi-fi, table tennis and a pool table. The kitchen is located in the centre of the house, where all boys can make themselves snacks and drinks. The house also has changing and shower facilities.

    Andrew has been a member of staff  since 2011. He is a teacher of Drama and became Woodard Housemaster in 2014. Whilst the theatre is Andrew's first love, he is also a keen sportsman, playing Football and Cricket to a good standard, and enjoys playing the piano to unwind. He is a published playwright, but is most proud of the Blue Peter badge he won in an art competition aged nine, whilst lacking any ability to draw or paint!

    Woodard's ethos is to promote the development of pride, empathy and trust in all the boys. Andrew says, "We hope that the boys will take pride in themselves and the house, be able to put themselves in others’ shoes, and conduct themselves with honesty and integrity in all their affairs. Understanding how others might feel allows us to develop a greater sense of community and to become more generous human beings." Andrew is keen for Woodard to be known as a warm, friendly and inspiring house, where every boy can thrive.

    Woodard was named after Hurst founder Nathaniel Woodard.

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