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Head arrived when Hurst was treading water and has taken it from strength to strength and increased the numbers and raised the intellectual atmosphere, but 'feels that academic achievement is not an end in itself but a key to future success - life is about personal bests and engaging with opportunities'. Manners, civility and courtesy are his personal crusades, and pupils are strongly encouraged to write......Read more

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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Computer Studies / Computing at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Biology at an English Independent School (IBO Standard level component)



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


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

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Special Education Needs

Hurstpierpoint College offers excellent, if limited, Learning Support. The Head of Learning Support has additional qualifications in Specific Learning Difficulties and liaises with all staff about pupils who receive L.S. Pupils with a known learning need are screened on entry to the school. Further screenings take place following Year 9 examinations. There is an 'in school' referral system for any students who are giving cause for concern. Parents are contacted on a regular basis and each member of the teaching staff is aware of all pupils with any additional learning need. As there is only one member of L.S. staff, plus 2 teachers for students with English as an additional language, the College is only able to offer one, weekly L.S. lesson per student. If a prospective pupil requires more than this we are, unfortunately, unlikely to be able to provide a greater level of support.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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