Hurtwood House(10 Posts)
Am interested in this school but keep hearing rumours - unsubstantiated - about drugs. Anyone know anything - please?
Don't know about drugs but it may fit as it is very drama/arty and generally fairly rich students (I realise this is a big over-stereotype though).
I have heard (but via rumour so unsure of how true this is) that it is fairly strict, i.e. cannot do the music/dance/drama/art/film class in the afternoons unless you have done all your A level work in the morning and handed in all homework.
Heard that the boarding houses are mostly mini bus drives away which creates a different atmosphere to other boarding schools.
Meant to be very good for a DC who needs structure and a bit of motivation to work. I guess they have to be very arty though to enjoy it.
Best way is to go and look and question the pupils if they show you around or the teachers about whether they have issues with drugs and how it is dealt with.
Given the fees are £10k a term I think you can assume the pupils are a moneyed bunch on the whole. having said that I don't believe it will have any more or less drugs around than any of the local private schools (or state come to that) - they will be in every school if you look hard enough / hear the right gossip
What I have heard about Hurtwood is that the pastoral care is excellent and they really do get the best out of the pupils academically, with the added attraction of the music/dance/drama specialism
Many thanks, DalmationDots and homebythesea and sorry to be slow to acknowledge. Really helpful!
For 2013, The boarding fees are £12,250 a term and approaching £9,000 for day. These fees are so much higher than anywhere else you must really want to go there, IMO.
I do not have any inside track on Hurtwood, but very many schools (independent and state) have children experimenting with drugs. However, most kids are not stupid enough to get caught. I always believed my children would have enough common sense not to join in and I felt secure that I had done my best to teach them not to get involved if they came upon drugs. Also, if children are not aware of drug use by students at their school, they definitely will become aware of drugs at university. They have to be resilient and not succumb to addictive habits. If they want drugs, however, they will find them.
I'm probably replying a bit late but I just wanted to say my daughter recently finished two years at Hurtwood House and loved every minute ... all her friends in Dulwich seem to take way more drugs than anyone from Hurtwood, in fact she found it a pretty drug free zone. Yes, it is pricey but we took a lodger (I know not everyone can) and I don't regret a penny of it. She was so happy there ... I really do recommend it if you can afford it. All boarding schools are hideously expensive, let's face it, but if it's boarding you're after, Hurtwood gets my vote. She misses the place desperately!
For the mum who's daughter attended Hurtwood, i'm interested to send my son here but he is not interested in Drama - would that matter or is it really just geared up for children interested in Drama/Arts? Thanks..
ehogan why would you want to send DS to the most expensive school in the country if he is not going to get the benefit of all it has to offer? It is very much geared up to expressive and performing arts - both at the front end but also on the tech side - so if he is interested in film editing, lighting, sound etc or is musical then you might get the most of it. Otherwise I would save your ££ and look elsewhere!
Boarding now £13,600 per term. Your child really has to want this school! Do explore all the arts courses it has to offer but you could get somewhere great for less if the curriculum does not suit him.
My girl join HH in september last year. She is so unhappy there n wanted to leave. The teachers are not helpful n most of the girls there are very nasty to my girl. The very few friends she made there confirmed this to me. Its a very expensive school. I plan to speak to the head teacher n his deputy soon.
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