Truly outstanding facilities
Our excellent academic facilities are designed around a quad and include airy and well resourced classroom, art studios, specialist science labs and lecture theatre, Design & Technology workshops, several state of the art IT suites and a 3 floor library building.
The Chapel is a beautiful 1850s building, built in the heart of the College. Its spire is visible from across the village and neighbouring towns. This traditional chapel has a large altar, organ and long pews. In recent years a new stained glass window has been installed as well as a mezzanine with glass frontage for elevated viewing during concerts and services. The chapel is used for the weekly College services which take place as part of the timetable, as well as the annual Pre-Prep nativity play and special events such as music concerts. It is occasionally used for weddings.
The traditional dining room is striking with its high ceiling, wooden benches and historic flags hung from the high walls.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the dining hall each day from a fully equipped modern kitchen. There are hot and cold serving areas as well as a variety of drink stations. The catering department cater for all dietary requirements.
The school owns a small on-site farm which Senior and Sixth Form students help maintain as part of their extra-curricular activities and Prep school pupils regularly visit the animals as part of their curriculum. In addition to an orchard, there is a small allotment with various vegetables and herbs and there is a continual rotation of sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and ducks.
Hurst has twelve boarding and day houses for Senior School and Lower Sixth students. St John’s house is the Upper Sixth Form co-ed House. Read more about these under Pastoral.
Library facilities are available in both the Prep and Senior Schools. The Prep School library is housed within the heart of the Prep School and is regularly used for clubs, reading and group work.
The Senior School library has three floors;
The ground floor is a multi-purpose hall (The Moore Hall) which has pull out raked seating, hard flooring, full length mirrors and bars making this a flexible resource.
The first floor is the general library area for Senior School students and in addition to the usual books there are work areas equipped with computers, a breakfast bar area for those who bring their own laptops and a small café area with a range of refreshments, magazines, casual seating and a variety of DVDs. There is a choice of fully equipped meeting rooms, perfect for small group or individual revision or teaching work.
The top floor is reserved for sixth form pupils and included in this area is a multi function seminar room as well as the hub for careers and university support. Key sixth for staff have their offices on this floor making them easily accessible for pupils.
The library runs various clubs and activities during lunch times and activities sessions and actively promotes reading for pleasure in a variety of ways. The library is the EPQ centre for sixth form students.
There is an on site fully equipped medical centre, run by qualified nursing staff with access to medical doctors if necessary. Building development is currently underway to include a pupil and staff wellbeing centre within the medical centre to include confidential access to counselling services.
Performing Arts Centre
Adjacent to the academic area is the performing arts centre with the impressive theatre at the hub. The Music, Drama and Dance areas are all interlinked providing easy access to all using the facilities.
Drama: The New Bury Theatre opened in 2018, and is a state of the art theatre with tiered seating and professional lighting and sound systems. The Theatre is ideal for drama and musical performances and plays host to the many productions across the College. There are a number of specialist drama studios for lessons as well as a purpose built drama studio.
Music: Newly extended, the Music centre has a Music Hall, many instrument practice rooms, several music classrooms and a fully equipped technology suite.
Dance: The remarkable dance studio is also purpose built with an enviable range of specialist dance resources and areas.
The Pre-Prep is a safe, self-contained part of the Prep School with classrooms that open onto a covered outdoor area. The children also benefit from a specialised Woodland School for outdoor learning.
The Pre-Prep have their own all-weather bespoke playground with plenty of space for running, football, basketball, cycling and scooters.
The Prep School is housed in a separate building with a children’s library, computer room, science labs, art rooms and music rooms. Pupils also have access to a wide range of the main College facilities.
The Prep School playground is equipped with table tennis tables, a netball court and space net.
Hurst has an extensive range of sports facilities which are used by all ages within the college. These facilities include:
- Three full-sized, floodlit and sand-dressed AstroTurf pitches for Hockey
- Full-sized 400m grass athletics track (with separate hurdles and sprints tracks, and a throws area, two tartan long and triple jump run ups, and a tartan high jump fan)
- Full-sized sports hall, which includes 6 indoor cricket nets, 9 badminton courts, a full-sized tennis court and full-sized indoor hockey pitch
- 25m (4 lanes) indoor heated swimming pool
- 13 netball courts including an indoor court
- 12 AstroTurf tennis courts
- 9 hard tennis courts
- 7 senior-sized rugby pitches
- 6 junior-sized rugby pitches
- 6 cricket pitches and cricket pavilion
- 12 artificial cricket nets (installed Summer 2020) and 4 cages on grass surfaces
- AstroTurf multi-use games area
- Climbing wall with top rope climbs and bouldering sections
- 2 fitness suites with top of the range cardio-vascular training equipment and resistance training weights (all fully supervised by our Strength and Conditioning team)