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Richard and Linda Jackson started Hurtwood House in 1970 in a house rented from the National Trust with one classroom. Their modest ambition was to bring the magic and excitement of a prep school to sixth form education. ‘Preps were warm and cosy, chummy and friendly,’ explained founder Richard when we met him, ’while public schools were bleak.’ Another aim was to introduce fizzy subjects which seldom saw the light of day in traditional boarding schools. And everyone would start together at age 16, making friends and beginning afresh, rather than having to fit into a preexisting school community. And the ethos? No chapel. No assemblies. No prefects. No governors. No CCF. No uniforms. No surnames. Instead, it was to be a golden combination of informality and high standards...


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Head master

Since 2004, Cosmo Jackson BEd, son of founder Richard (who remains involved in the school, but from a distance). Educated at Charterhouse, his first experience working at Hurtwood was helping to run the school’s summer camp when he was 18 years old. Spent two years at the University of Bristol ‘not enjoying economics’ and thence to Bristol Poly (now University of the West of England) to earn his, probably inevitable, BEd. Joined the ‘family business’ properly in 1994, starting on the shop floor (digging out sewage pits and driving the minibus) before moving up to teaching (business, economics and accounting).

Possibly the most candid, unguarded and self-deprecating head we have had the pleasure of meeting. A breath of fresh air, in keeping with the effervescent nature of the school...

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Special Education Needs

Hurtwood House has a very close system of monitoring and support for all of its students so that any problems can be quickly identified and addressed. Although on occasion we have had students with mild learning difficulties or special needs, we do not offer any specific facilities in these areas.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
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 Y
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 Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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