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Hurst is a very friendly and warm community with a genuine family feel, especially in the houses, which are key to the school’s structure. Our houses are small and well-managed by a Housemaster or Housemistress, who is ably supported by a strong team of tutors (and a Matron in the boarding houses).

House facilities

Accommodation varies slightly from house to house. Each has cooking facilities, such as kettles and toasters, with bread and butter supplied by the school kitchen on a daily basis (but pupils must still attend official school meals), and each has a Sixth Form Common Room which is run by Lower Sixth prefects.

House ethos

Hurst pupils are characteristically very supportive of each other and close friendships are formed which often last a lifetime. The strength of the school rests on the strength of these smaller communities and pupils are encouraged to feel secure and happy within them. At the same time, pupils easily mix with those from other houses so that there is a relaxed, social atmosphere which extends from house to house and year to year, allowing all the different age groups and communities within the school to mix naturally.

As boys and girls move up through the school, they assume greater responsibilities and enjoy more privileges. Through the innovative Guardian Scheme, pupils look out for one another and House Prefects take on the role of mentors and coaches.

Each house, including those for day pupils, hold their own social evenings, trips and annual house balls, depending on their pupils’ interests.

Hurst’s Senior School has 12 houses:

Day houses

  • Chevron
  • Crescent
  • Fleur de Lys
  • Phoenix
  • Woodard
  • Wolf

Boarding houses (flexi and weekly)

  • Eagle
  • Martlet
  • Pelican
  • Red Cross
  • Shield
  • Star

Upper Sixth students enter our co-ed house, St John’s.

​Whether in a day or boarding house, pupils develop a strong sense of house identity and loyalty. Hurst ethos