Day Houses


    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 and has two children.

    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.

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    Boys' house
    Housemaster: Nick Creed
    Founded: 1997


    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.

    Crescent was a dormitory that became a House from 1861-1879 then it closed and became the Armoury.  The Reverend 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: Jami Edwards - Clark
    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.

    Jami was appointed Housemistress in September 2018 alongside her role as a PE teacher. She achieved her BSc (Hons) degree in Sport and Education at Cardiff University before training for her PGCE through the University of Buckingham whilst at Brighton College. Jami loves to travel, and regularly plans trips that tend to involve volunteering projects around the world, however, she always ensures that she has time to visit her home and family in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Jami says, "Since joining Hurst I have loved the sense of community, spirit and its ethos of individuality and I am delighted to continue my role as Housemistress ; it is my honour and privilege to support and guide the girls through their time at the College and I endeavour to make Fleur de Lys a special and safe place."

    The fundamental values of Fleur de Lys are to promote academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual health of all the girls within the House. Thus, it is important that every girl in the House treat each other with courtesy, respect and consideration and present themselves in a way which ensures that they are a credit to themselves, Fleur and the College.

    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.

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    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.

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    Girls' house
    Housemistress: Jess Coleman
    Founded: 2017



    Wolf opened in 2017 and is currently home to 30 day girls. It was originally the upper floor of Chevron, later turning into Crescent and was then fully refurbished during the summer of 2017 to welcome the girls in September. Its neighbours are Phoenix and Shield. 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 great communal environment, where the girls can mix with those in their year group as well as other year groups.

    Jess Coleman has been Housemistress since Wolf opened in 2017. She teaches Classics, which she studied at the University of St Andrews and then obtained 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 built an ethos of respect, kindness and a strong sense of community, which has continued and developed still further. A girl from Wolf 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, and 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’. 




    Boys' house
    Housemaster: Rob Ashley
    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.

    Rob has been a member of staff since 2008 during which time he has worked as Head of Geography, Director of Learner Development and EPQ Coordinator. He currently teaches Geography and EPQ and became Woodard Housemaster in 2019. He lives in Lindfield with his wife and two children and brings his King Charles cavalier spaniel into Woodard house most days.

    The ethos of the house is to promote the development of trust, respect, empathy and kindness. Rob says, "We encourage each boy to act with respect, honesty and integrity, in order to build open and trusting relationships.  Understanding how others might feel allows us to develop a greater sense of community and to become more generous and kind human beings.” Rob 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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