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‘I always thought of it as an artsy, theatrical school so almost didn’t even consider it for my more academic child,’ said various parents we spoke to in one form or another. The perception, though wrong, is not helped by the school itself heavily promoting the arts as its obvious point of difference. In reality, results across the whole range of subjects are uniformly starry and the 22 A levels on offer include all three sciences, economics and further maths although most popular are drama, media, English, maths and psychology. ‘I chose this school for the sport’ said nobody from Hurtwood ever. It’s just not why you come. But there is rugby and...

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Joint headmasters

Richard Jackson MA (80s), originally an English teacher, is the founding head. Having conceived his school back in the late 1960s, it still bears the stamp of those heady, idealistic and experimental days although ‘the old man’ (as he is now affectionately known by his son and joint headmaster) has a more governing role, ‘dropping in daily but his relevance significantly reduced’. Don’t be fooled by his softly spoken and understated manner – he has an almost statesmanlike presence of a man who made his remarkable dream a reality for these privileged students.

Cosmo Jackson BEd (50s), son of Richard and a more effervescent version of his father, took over the day-to-day running of the school in 2004. An alumnus of Charterhouse, he spent two years at Bristol University not...

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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
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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