Nicholas Beeby is the College's Director of Drama. He was Housemaster of Chevron, one of the College’s day boys’ houses between 2008 and 2013. Nicholas is married with two daughters.
Nicholas’ feelings about the culture of the house are similar to the ethos he promoted in Chevron. He is interested in the house turning out civilised young people who are equipped to thrive in the wider world and who have a clear sense of what it means to do the right thing.
Angela's three sons attended a local Independent School during which time Angela was a very active 'housewife'. Subsequently, she joined the IPC (Magazines) Division of Reed Business Information from which, some 9 years ago, she joined Hurstpierpoint College. Her husband Mike, now retired from the Stock Exchange, also works for the College.
St John's House sits in its own grounds yet is conveniently close to the centre of the campus. It is Hurst's Upper Sixth Form co-educational day and boarding House. 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. Each pupil has a study bedroom 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.
All study bedrooms have a desk, bed and handbasin; 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.
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 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 students are greatly encouraged and assisted to organise themselves and enhance their independent learning skills. Academic seminars, discussion groups and the dissection of quality broadsheets are all encouraged. 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. Members of St John's are encouraged - where appropriate - to work with, and alongside, adult members of staff. As elite performers academically, musically, dramatically and on the sports field, the students are encouraged to coach, guide and inspire younger pupils, as positive role models and for the benefit of themselves and the 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 school house of which they were formerly a member) and quickly establishes a group ethos and loyalty which develop into strong, sometimes lifelong, friendships. 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’.
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.