|Motto||Latin: "Beati Mundo Corde"
(Blessed are the pure in heart)
|Religion||Church of England|
|Headmaster||Mr Tim Manly|
|Chairman of Governors||Rear Admiral Simon Moore CB|
|Founder||Canon Nathaniel Woodard|
|Local authority||West Sussex|
|Colours||Red and White|
|Former pupils||Old Johnians|
Hurstpierpoint College is an independent, co-educational, day and boarding school for pupils aged 4–18, located just to the north of the village of Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex in the lee of the South Downs. The College was founded in 1849 by Canon Nathaniel Woodard and is a member of the Woodard Corporation.
- 1 History and overview
- 2 Creative Arts
- 3 Sport
- 4 Houses
- 5 Headmasters of Hurstpierpoint
- 6 Traditions
- 7 Notable Masters
- 8 Notable Old Johnians
- 9 Facilities, buildings and development
- 10 Southern Railway Schools Class
- 11 Tragedy
- 12 References
- 13 External links
History and overview
The school was originally established in 1849 as St John's Middle School, based in Shoreham. Its first headmaster, Rev. Edward Clarke Lowe, had worked with Woodard at Lancing College and stayed at Hurstpierpoint for 22 years until 1872. The school moved to Mansion House in Hurstpierpoint and then, thanks to the local benefactors the Campion Family, on 21 June 1853 made its final move to its present site. Intended to resemble the collegiate system at Oxford and Cambridge, Nathaniel Woodard designed the College to have adjoining Inner and Outer quads and the chapel and dining hall not adjacent to each other.
The College has grown significantly in recent years and now provides education for boys and girls aged between 4 and 18 years. Tim Manly BA(Oxon) MSc(LSE) is Headmaster of Hurstpierpoint College, with overall responsibility for all four of the College's schools:
Of these 920 pupils, 370 are girls and 550 boys. All four schools share the facilities available in the College's 140-acre (0.57 km2), country campus.
Drama, Dance, Art and Music all feature prominently in life at Hurst, as the College has a strong emphasis on the extracurricular.
The College has a strong tradition of Drama, with the oldest Shakespearian Society in existence. In 2009 Hurst mounted a total of 18 separate productions, which between them put on 40 performances. These included various student directed and lead productions, the annual Shakespeare production, the Shell Shakespeare Festival, the annual musical, the House Drama Competition, the Drama gap student's production, other staff directed productions and an annual contribution to the Hurst Festival. There have also been regular theatre trips abroad. Most recently the College toured China with King Lear for two weeks. There are also a number of evening workshops, including "Acting in Front of a Camera", which used HD video cameras and playback on a projector to teach the students.
Art at Hurst is housed in the Art Department opened by David Shepherd (artist) in 2003. The department runs various art workshops, activities and evening sessions including Life Drawing held by Royal Academy of Art School graduate Peter Harrap
Musical life, too, has something of a tradition in the college with old masters including Thomas Fielden (musician) and Nicholas Chisholm (current Headmaster of the Yehudi Menuhin School).There are regular concerts and recitals and an annual House Music Competition called the "House Shout". There is a large school choir of 125, as well as a smaller group that make up the Chamber Choir, which performs choral evensong in various cathedrals during the year. Their most recent performance was at Salisbury Cathedral.
Sport features heavily in school life at The College. Hurst's main sports for boys are rugby, in the Michaelmas term (September - December), hockey in the Lent term (January - March) and cricket and athletics in the Summer term (April - June). Association Football is also played during the Michaelmas and Lent terms. Principal sports for girls are Hockey in the Michaelmas term (September - December), netball in the Lent term (January - March) and athletics and swimming in the Summer term (April - June). Other sports include: Girls' Cricket, Girls' Football, Swimming, Cross Country, Triathlon, Riding (The College has a close relationship with Hickstead, and founded many riding events there such as "The Hurstpierpoint College Schools' Team Show Jumping Competition" and "The Hurstpierpoint College National Schools & Pony Club Championships"- giving the College a strong reputation in Equestrian sports), Dance, Aerobics, Weights-training, climbing and other forms of Outdoor Pursuits, Gymnastics, Squash, Tennis and Croquet. Hurst has a long and strong sporting tradition and fields teams, often getting out teams from A to D. It has recently travelled further afield to maintain a high level of competition. This has given Hurst a reputation as a sporting school.
The senior school comprises 10 houses and then, whilst retaining affiliation to their former houses, all students in their last year (Upper Sixth) join the 11th house, the co-educational day and boarding 'hall of residence', St John's House.
|Chevron||Orange/Black||Boys, day house|
|Crescent||Black/White||Boys, day house|
|Woodard||Maroon/White||Boys, day house|
|Fleur De Lys||Sky Blue/Yellow||Girls, day house|
|Pelican||Purple||Girls, flexi boarding house|
|Martlet||Green/White||Girls, boarding house|
|Shield||Pink/Black||Girls, boarding house|
|Eagle||Green/Black||Boys, boarding house|
|Red Cross||Red/Black||Boys, boarding house|
|Star||Navy/Sky Blue||Boys, boarding house|
|St Johns||Maroon/Grey||All Upper Sixth|
Headmasters of Hurstpierpoint
- The Revd Edward Clarke Lowe (1849–1872)
- The Revd William Awdry (1872-1880) later Bishop of South Tokyo
- The Revd Charles Cooper (1880 - 1902)
- The Revd Arthur Coombes (1902 - 1923)
- The Revd H Bernard Tower (1924 - 1937)
- Walter Dingwall (1937 - 1945)
- The Revd Canon Ronald Howard (1945 - 1964)
- Roger Griffiths(1964–1986)
- Simon Watson (1986–1995)
- Stephen Meek (1995–2004)
- Tim Manly (2005- )
The school still preserves a number of ceremonies, which for the most part were taken from other schools such as Winchester College, in order to give the school a feeling of tradition back in its early Victorian days.
During the year there are a number of banner processions, each house having a banner. St Etheldreda's (Æthelthryth) day - the day on which the chapel was dedicated - is Old Johnian day, the day when all the old Pupils are invited back to the school to participate in various events.
On Ascension Day, every member of the College climbs the nearby Wolstonbury Hill nicknamed Danny Hill - after the Campion family home, Danny House, located at the bottom of the hill on the South Downs. Once the whole school is assembled on top of the hill the choir sings the 17th century Hymnus Eucharisticus. After singing the hymn the Headmaster hands out the Lowe's Dole - money left by the first Headmaster, Canon Lowe, for the choir and sacristans.
The most exotic tradition is the boar's Head Procession and Feast this occurs at the end of the Michaelmas Term. The sacristans and the choir accompany a boar's head that is borne through the cloisters. As they go they sing the 15th century carol 'Caput Apri Defero' (Boar's Head Carol) and then attend the feast.
'Hurst' has traditionally performed a Shakespeare play every year since 1854, beginning with 'Richard III' after the first headmaster, Dr Lowe inspired the first players onto stage. This means that 'Hurstpierpoint College' boasts the oldest Shakespeare society in existence, older even than that of the Royal Shakespeare Company which was not formed until 1875.
The Hurst Johnian, the school magazine, founded in May 1858 is the vital source for the School's history. Its policy has been to maintain the annals of the school, and it continues to publish current reports and articles on the past. Evidence from the national archives suggests that it is the oldest school magazine in the country.
- Sabine Baring-Gould: Novelist and composer of hymns, the most notable being "Onward, Christian Soldiers". He was a Master of the College from 1855 to 1864. Baring-Gould had an eccentric reputation, and archives tell how he would teach with a bat on his shoulder and took weird holidays, bringing home a pony from Iceland, which lived for years in the North Field. Whilst the Hymn is thought to have been written in Yorkshire in 1865, a story recounts how Baring-Gould (known as"Snout") on one occasion gave a pupil of the College thirty-six (sic) cuts, and then washed his hands and sat down and wrote "Onward Christian Soldiers." A talented artist, he made and painted (well heraldically) the coat of arms of the Prince of Wales, which for many years appeared in the proscenium. Baring-Gould designed the cover of the Johnian (the College's publication), and designed the bookshelves and cases with their wrought iron, originally red and gold, in the Boys' Library. He also painted the window jambs with scenes from the "Canterbury Tales" and the "Faery Queen", and probably did work for the Fellows' Library. In 1860 he was one of the "Hurst Rifle Volunteers," who used to drill at the New Inn, which lead Hurst to be one of the founding Combined Cadet Forces schools.
He lived in the Shield rooms opposite to Rev. John Gorham. They mutually plagued each other. One put the huge Ammonite in the Fellows' Library into the other's bed. The response to this was the secretion of various cuckoo clocks in the room opposite, which heralded spring unintermittingly through the night hours.
- Thomas Fielden (musician): He was a famous Director of Music at Hurst, Charterhouse and Fettes, as well as a noted pianist, and Professor of Pianoforte at the Royal College of Music for over 30 years.
- Percy Henn: Noted clergyman and teacher in England and later Western Australia.
- David Whitmarsh: Academic at the University of Portsmouth.
Notable Old Johnians
Past students of Hurstpierpoint College are referred to as Old Johnians.
- Eric Broadbridge, 2nd Baron Broadbridge, hereditary peer
- Peter Broadbridge, 3rd Baron Broadbridge, hereditary peer
- Roger Casale, Labour Member of Parliament
- Richard Page, Conservative Member of Parliament
- Sir Desmond Plummer, Baron Plummer of St Marylebone, Conservative peer
- John Greenwood Shipman, Liberal Member of Parliament
- Sir Graham Boyce KCMG, British Ambassador to Egypt, British Ambassador to Qatar and British Ambassador to Kuwait
- Sir Bryan Cartledge KCMG, British Ambassador to Russia and British Ambassador to Hungary
- Sir Derek Day KCMG, British High Commissioner to Canada and British Ambassador to Ethiopia
- Sir Oliver Forster KCMG, British High Commissioner to Pakistan and British High Commissioner to the Philippines
- Richard Lavers, British Ambassador to Ecuador and British Ambassador to Guatemala
- Michael Boyce, Baron Boyce GCB, OBE, First Sea Lord (1998–2001), Chief of Defence Staff (2001–2003), and Crossbench peer
- Richard Hutton Davies CB, army officer
- Sydney Dowse MC, POW escapee
- H. Dormer Legge, RAF and Army officer and philatelist
Media and arts
- Tony Church, Shakespearean actor
- Robert Coote, actor
- Christopher Ellison, actor
- Douglas Goldring, writer and journalist
- Edward Hibbert, actor and agent
- Sean Li, Hong Kong film actor
- Conor Maynard, musician
- Bertram Mitford (novelist)
- Ronald Neame CBE, film director
- H. A. Saintsbury, actor and playwright
- Tom Sutcliffe, opera critic
- Jamie Theakston, television and radio presenter
- Reginald Turner, author and member of the circle of Oscar Wilde
- John Ware, BBC Panorama reporter
- Patrick Wilson, composer
- Michael York OBE, actor
- Ben Broster, Wales and Biarritz Olympique rugby player
- Noah Cato, Newcastle Falcons rugby player
- Matt Machan, Sussex cricketer
- Charlie Matthews, Harlequins rugby player
- Martin Speight, Sussex, Durham and Northumberland cricketer
- Walter Robert Adams, Archbishop of British Columbia and Archbishop of Yukon
- Arthur Greaves, Bishop of Grantham and Bishop of Grimsby
- William Warwick Buckland, jurist
- Cecil Humphery-Smith OBE, genealogist and heraldist
- Edward Arthur Maund, explorer
- Jack Sangster, industrialist
- Bernard Sheldon, MI5 officer
Facilities, buildings and development
The College has recently undertaken a lot of development.
- The College is completely renovating and extending the current Science Block, first opened by the Duke of Edinburgh.
- Fleur De Lys Girls' house has been moved into a wing of the Cloisters in the Outer Quad, with a bold use of modern architecture in the old part of the school. The house is formed by a large glass wall, cut to the arch of the cloisters roof, and accessed through an automated door.
- Pelican Girl's house was built in place of the Old Prep School boarding house.
- Recently completed is the New £4.5 million Classroom Block that now forms the New Academic Quad.
- Under-construction is Hurst Farm.
Extracurricular activities are an essential part of life at Hurst. The Art School is housed in the new Art Department opened by artist David Shepherd (artist) in 2003. It has 3 large studios, a computer room with photo and video editing software, a ceramics room and a Photographic studio and dark room. In addition, there is a staff room.
The Bury Theatre The Bury Theatre is the principal theatre at Hurst.
Southern Railway Schools Class
The school lent its name to the nineteenth steam locomotive (Engine 918) in the Southern Railway's Class V of which there were 40. This Class was also known as the Schools Class because all 40 of the class were named after prominent English Public Schools. 'Hurstpierpoint', as it was called, was built in 1934 and was withdrawn in 1961. Its nameplate is now housed in the School's Science Block.
The school experienced a tragic loss in the early hours of January 1, 2009 when a lower sixth form pupil was accidentally killed at Burgess Hill railway station. Later in the year a trust fund was set up by the boys family and was launched after a donation from Virgin boss Richard Branson. Branson donated flights and a week's holiday on his private Caribbean island for a raffle, the proceeds of which went towards the fund.
- http://www.isi.net/schools/6569/ Interim report
- http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra/onlinelists/GB2403%20MSS.pdf%7C Pgs 1 & 23
- David Robinson, Chaplin, his life and art (1985), p. 45
- H. A. Saintsbury at the Internet Movie Database
- "Southern Railway Schools Class". Retrieved 2008-06-29.
- http://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/2290/Hurstpierpoint-College-student-killed-on.4837988.jp Tragic accident at railway station
- http://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/in-this-weeks-paper/Festive-feel-to-your-Middy.5919848.jp/ Branson donation
- Hurstpierpoint College website
- ISI Inspection Reports - Prep School & Senior School