Hurstpierpoint Prep

School: Hurstpierpoint Prep
School Type: ,
Address: Hurstpierpoint College Preparatory School, College Lane, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9JS
Postcode: BN6 9JS
Region: Sussex
Telephone: 01273 834975
Gender: Co-ed
Pupils: 246
Fees: Σ3690Š—–Σ4245 (Day), Σ5330 (Weekly boarding)
Enquiries: The Registrar

Founded 1933 and is the prep school for Hurspierpoint College. It stands in 140 acres amid open countryside, just to the north of the South Downs and 9 miles from Brighton. It shares the site with both the pre-prep and senior schools and has access to many of the senior school’s facilities including the sports hall, swimming pool, astroturf, music school, 250-seat theatre and drama and dance studios. Originally a boys’ school, it has been co-educational since 1993. The school aims to enable pupils to realise their potential academically, creatively and in sport; to have started to become independent learners; and to develop moral values and an awareness of what it means to be a good citizen. The school is strong in both the creative arts and in sport. Almost all pupils go on to Hurspierpoint senior school.

School Head: Head: Mrs Heather Beeby, in post since 2006. Educated at Bullers Wood School for Girls and London University (MA science, education). Previously Head of St Christopher’s, Hove, Deputy Head of Brighton College Prep School, Senior Mistress and Head of Science at Thomas’s, Battersea. Teaching staff: 32 full-time, 4 part-time. Annual turnover 10%. Average age 35.
Results: Pupils take entrance exam for own senior school, Hurstpierpoint.
Furtherhigher: 96% of pupils go on to Hurstpierpoint senior school; special entry exam for pupils from the prep school.
Sport: Compulsory sports: football, rugby, cricket (boys); netball, rounders, (girls); hockey, tennis, swimming (all). Optional: squash, ninjitsu, badminton, golf. On-site sports facilities, plus local golf course. Extensive fixture list; regular sports tours. Activities: Up to 30 clubs and activities including warhammer, cooking, dance, ninjitsu, Spanish. Regular success in local Latin-speaking competition and intermediate maths challenge (1 gold medal, with pupil entering the European round).
Boarding: Pupils in dormitories of up to 8; single-sex accommodation. Resident matron. Flexi-boarding offered. Pupils not allowed into local town.