Situated within a 140 acre campus, surrounded by beautiful countryside, the school lies on the border of the South Downs National Park, close to the village of Hurstpierpoint in West Sussex. This superb location is also just 20 minutes from the vibrant city and beaches of Brighton and Hove, and London train stations can be reached from Hassocks or Haywards Heath in under an hour.
At the heart of the College, the PrePrep, Prep, Senior School and Sixth Form surround a central Academic Quad, adjacent to the key cultural and sporting facilities available within the superbly equipped, self-contained grounds. Founded in 1849 by Nathanial Woodard, Hurst is a Church of England School. The Christian ethos underpins school life but we are a diverse community; we welcome those of other faiths, or no faith, and pursue an inclusive approach in all that we do.
Recent major developments include the completion of the new Academic Quad, a major extension to both the Science Block and St John’s Upper Sixth Hall of Residence as well as a third Astroturf on the eastern side of the campus. Our newest girls’ day house opened in September 2020, whilst other houses have been extended and refurbished. A state of the art Performing Arts Centre opened in 2018.