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Hurstpierpoint College

Thank you for your interest in Hurst. Below you will find our virtual tour video and more information about the College and how to apply.

About Hurst

Hurstpierpoint College (known as Hurst) is a thriving co-educational day and boarding school for pupils from 4 to 18 years of age. We offer places to day pupils and boarders. Our flexi and weekly boarding options are popular with pupils from the local area as well as further afield.

The College is ideally situated in the Sussex countryside between Haywards Heath and Brighton, and is within easy reach of London by train. We offer extensive transport services across Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

Academic excellence is the foundation of a Hurst education, because we believe it opens doors to the future. Therefore every child is challenged and supported along the way in our friendly and warm community.

At Hurst, we are ambitious for each of our pupils and who they can become. Each child has the opportunity to access all the college has to offer and we encourage each one to engage and enjoy all aspects of school life.

We want our pupils to learn the importance of certain values: a sense of duty, an awareness of right and wrong and a respect for others. We want pupils to be ambitious with a clear sense of purpose, to acquire a balanced view of life and develop into independent, mature individuals.

We believe that each pupil must be given every opportunity to achieve their personal best in order to progress to the university of their choice or make a successful move into their chosen profession.

View our Day in the Life of a Hurst student poster for a glimpse into life at Hurst.


If you would like your child to be considered for a place at Hurst Senior School please complete the registration form as soon as possible and return this to Admissions together with payment of the £100 registration fee (which can also be paid online from the Fees and online payments page). This will reserve a place for your child in the year group required, but does not guarantee a place. Please register your child at least three years prior to when you would like them to join.

Pre-entry tests

Registered pupils looking to join Hurst at 13+ (Year 9) will be asked to sit the online ISEB Common Pre-tests in Year 6. These tests are age standardised computer tests which measure ability and attainment and include Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning, Maths and English and are designed so that pupils cannot prepare for them. For more information on these tests please visit the ISEB website.

Pupils usually sit these tests at their Prep School and they will liaise with you about the timing. For pupils who attend non-Common Entrance schools we will arrange for the tests to be completed at Hurst. For pupils who live outside the UK, we will discuss arrangements with individual families.


On completion of the pre-entry tests, Hurst will discuss the results with the pupil’s current school and look at their academic progress as well as their involvement in extra-curricular activities. Based on this information, a conditional offer of a place is made subject to the pupil sitting Common Entrance for Hurst and passing with 55% plus in Maths, English and Science and 50% plus in all other subjects. If a pupil attends a non-Common Entrance school a conditional offer is made subject to passing Hurst’s own entry tests. All offers are subject to receiving a satisfactory reference from the pupil’s current school.

Pupils who attend a non-Common Entrance school will be invited to Hurst to sit the paper-based entry tests during the Summer term of Year 7.

Pupils who have been offered a place and currently receive learning support will be invited to spend time with Hurst’s Learning Support department so that plans can be made to have support in place before a pupil joins Hurst.

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