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Hurstpierpoint College

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 ‘I fell in love with Hurst’, said a pupil. ‘It was the atmosphere, everyone was involved’. One parent said what she liked best about Hurst was ‘the sheer level of opportunity and encouragement. Everyone has a go and gives everything they’ve got. Whether you’re good at something or not doesn’t matter - everyone will support you. That’s what you’re paying for…’

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What the school says...

Senior School Scholarships and supplementary means-tested bursaries are available at 13+ and 16+ for Academic, All Rounder, Art, Drama, Music and Sport - contact Admissions for more information. Prep School scholarships and means-tested bursaries are available at 11+ for Academic and Music.

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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

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Head of College

Since January 2024, Dominic Mott MA. Attended Sandhurst and became an army officer before studying Spanish at Queen’s College, Cambridge. After a spell in the City, he sought a more rewarding career, secured a role at Highgate School and soon realised that teaching was his real vocation. Initially joined the college in 2015 as head of senior school, and loves the culture and setting at Hurst. In his spare time, he is a keen wine enthusiast, and enjoys spending his holidays in Tenerife.

Head of senior prep is Simon Lilley (BSc Loughborough, PE and sports science). Having initially joined the college as a PE teacher, he has since held roles as dead of fifth form (year 11) and head of shell (year 9). In his spare time, he...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Hurstpierpoint College Senior School offers learning support to students with additional or individual educational needs, who require a more specialised approach to enable them to gain confidence, believe in themselves and acquire the necessary skills to make the most of future opportunities. The Director of Learning support has an MA in specialised education and is supported by the Head of Learning support, (a qualified SENCo), and a team of five learning support teachers. The aim is to identify students who may need extra support and to ensure that their learning needs are sufficiently met through appropriate, differentiated, graduated and specific teaching programmes. A collaborative and graduated approach is adopted through differentiation and quality teaching in order to provide a personalised learning environment. Consequently, the nature of support varies depending on the students’ individual needs and learning styles. Students who have been identified with specific learning difficulties are offered a specialised and systematic programme of study involving one-to-one, paired, or group intervention delivered by a specialist teacher. The learning support teachers provide students with strategies that boost their confidence and these are embedded within the academic support.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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