St John's is the day and boarding house for all Upper Sixth students, set in its own grounds within the college campus.
Housemaster: Andrew Daville
Andrew Daville took over as Housemaster in September 2017 and teaches Physics, having previously been Head of Science and Physics. Andrew is married to Rebecca who teaches English at the college and they have three young children.
He is a strong believer that the Upper Sixth should make the most of their opportunities both inside and outside the classroom in their final year and enjoys coaching the 3rd XV Rugby team.
Housemistress: Rebecca Scott
Rebecca Scott took over as Housemistress in September 2016. She is Assistant Director of Sport, Head of Girls Games and teaches PE. Rebecca is married with one daughter. She is keen to provide a family feeling in St John's and is always on hand to offer support and guidance to the students in their final year at Hurst.
St John's sits in its own grounds yet is conveniently close to the centre of the campus. Its structure, facilities and the light touch with which the house is managed, ensure that it provides an environment best suited to students’ academic, personal and social development in their final school year.
Girls and boys are housed in separate wings, each of which has its own laundry and social room. The centre of the house contains the communal TV room, computer room, conference/workroom and social centre with a bar and kitchen. Its facilities are outstanding and enable students to work together in an atmosphere similar to that found at university.
Each pupil has a study bedroom with a desk, bed and hand basin and all are encouraged to undertake independent study in their own time, not least as preparation for the less structured life they will experience later at university.
Inherent in the St John’s concept is the principle that the students will manage their own community. There will be opportunities for them to arrange school functions for themselves and the rest of the school, to foster links with the local community, organise charity events and establish a close working relationship with both Prep and Senior Schools. Life in St John's provides an exciting challenge at the crucial point in a student's school career, whilst continuing to provide firm foundations for many aspects of their future life.
The primary focus for St John's students will, of course, be their academic studies and they are encouraged to organise themselves and enhance their independent learning skills. Academic seminars, discussion groups and the dissection of quality broadsheets are all championed. Learning styles, levels of motivation and details of personal organisation are individual but the common goal is working towards the achievement of their UCAS targets and, in this, students are supported and guided through a strong tutorial system.
The Upper Sixth are also encouraged to be active participants in the broader life of the school. Where appropriate, members of St John's work with, and alongside, adult members of staff. As elite performers - and positive role models - academically, musically, dramatically and on the sports field, the students are encouraged to coach, guide and inspire younger pupils.
St John’s also has a powerful social function. The year group is now fully integrated (although each student maintains a link with the house of which they were formerly a member) and quickly establishes an ethos and loyalty from which strong, sometimes lifelong, friendships develop. The St John’s committee gives the students an opportunity to express their views on matters of their choosing, whether relating to the house itself or to wider school issues. Various social functions punctuate and highlight the passage of the year, culminating in the magnificent Leavers’ Ball at the end of the Summer term. On a domestic level, pupils are encouraged to do their own washing as part of their preparation for the next step.
Beyond St John's
It is our aim that by the end of the year, Hurst graduates will face the world with confidence and maturity, having achieved grades that each individual once regarded as ambitious. We hope that each individual's overall results will enable every student to embark with confidence on the next stage of their chosen path through life.
St John's House was founded in 1992 and became Hurst's flagship Sixth Form House under Mr D. Clark. The aim of St John's was to prepare students for university life during their last year. St John's opened its doors to girls under the care of Anita Firth in 1999.
Information from the Hurst Archives