When pupils first enter the Senior School they join one of eleven Houses. Chevron, Crescent, Fleur de Lys, Phoenix and Woodard are Day Houses, whilst Eagle, Martlet, Pelican, Red Cross, Shield and Star are Flexi, Weekly or Full Boarding. Pupils stay in these Houses until the end of the Lower Sixth year when they move to the Upper Sixth Form House (St John’s).
Each House is run by a Housemaster/Housemistress, who is responsible for the academic and pastoral welfare of pupils in their house; in this role they are ably assisted by House Tutors. In addition there is a Matron, who takes care of the domestic side of boarding. Accommodation varies slightly from House to House, but broadly speaking pupils share accommodation from the Shell to the Fifth Form, and in the Lower Sixth have a single study bedroom.
Each House has a Sixth Form Common Room from which its day-to-day running is conducted by Lower Sixth Form Prefects, who collect mail from Reception, check Duties (the aim of which is to keep different areas of the House neat and tidy), supervise Prep and Lights Out. There are also cooking facilities such as kettles and toasters, bread and butter being supplied by the School Kitchen on a daily basis; but school meals must still be attended.
The intermediate inspection focuses on compliance with the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools and comments on the progress made by the school in meeting the recommendations set out in the most recent statutory boarding inspection carried out by Ofsted in June 2009. The inspection finding are not graded; it is either a straight pass or fail.
The summary of Inspection report confirmed that Hurst meets all the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools 2011 on the following criteria:
and had met the recommendations made in the 2009 Ofsted boarding inspection report.
The full ISI Interim Boarding Inspection Report is available on the ISI website www.isi.net
St John’s House is our Upper Sixth Form Co-educational House, and is designed to provide an environment that is best suited to students’ academic, personal and social development in their final school year. Each pupil has a study bedroom with hand basin, and 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, onference/workroom and social centre with a bar and kitchen. Its superb facilities are outstanding in every respect and allow students the opportunity of working together in an atmosphere similar to that found 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 both 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 the Prep School and the rest of the School at large. It provides an exciting challenge at the crucial point in the Upper Sixth formers’ school career whilst continuing to provide firm foundations for any aspect of their future life.