Hurtwood House

About Hurtwood House

Hurtwood House is a public school that is completely different. Set in the beautiful Surrey Hills, Hurtwood is the place for you if you want top academic results and you are mad about the creative and performing arts.  Hurtwood, which specialises exclusively in the sixth form, is where dreams come true for the aspiring actor, director, artist, composer or rock star!

Alongside traditional A Levels such as Science, Mathematics and Economics, students can pick from an array of creative subjects including Art, Textiles, Photography, Drama, Dance, Music Technology and Media.

Performing Arts is at the heart of Hurtwood. The sheer volume of Drama on offer is breathtaking. With a theatre, an amphitheatre and more intimate studio space, students can strut their stuff and develop their skills in performance, direction, design and production. From rock concerts to Shakespeare, there is always another show round the corner. Of the 40 productions a year, the biggest is the major musical in the Christmas term which runs for ten nights (‘Chicago’, ‘Grease’ and this year ‘Legally Blonde’). Hurtwood employs professional choreographers, musical directors and musicians to give students a taste of the West End.

For the filmmaker, Hurtwood is the only place to be with an industry standard TV studio, kitted out with the latest cameras and cutting-edge post-production facilities. There is even an internal production company where students make documentaries, learn to livestream and experience traditional filmmaking methods using 16mm film.

As well as being wonderfully creative, Hurtwood is reassuringly academic with over 60% of all A Levels being awarded A* or A in the last five years. In a world where all schools are beginning to look the same and all offer a similar ‘diet’ you should take a look at Hurtwood and see what all the fuss is about.

Boarding at Hurtwood House

As a fully residential school, our first concern is to provide students with a safe, structured, caring and happy community, a home from home. That is why Hurtwood House places so much emphasis on House structure. Students live in one of five country houses or their lodges. Each House has a Housemaster or Housemistress who lives in and a team of House Tutors. The Housemaster is the link between the school and the parents and is their first point of contact on all academic and pastoral matters.


Type of School Independent co-educational residential sixth form college
School Address Hurtwood House, 1 Radnor Ln, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6NU
Number of Pupils 363
Number of Boarders 300
International Boarders 30%
Age Range 16-19
Religious Tradition Non denominational
Distance from Airports

Gatwick airport: 17 miles; Heathrow airport: 33 miles

Distance from London

35 miles

School Links

Hurtwood House schools in China (Ningbo, Shanghai and Beijing), and in Malaysia.

Educational Programmes

A Levels in Creative & Performing Arts, Humanities & Languages, Mathematics, Business and Economics, and Science.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Co-Curricular Programmes

There is a vast array of extracurricular choices ranging from animation, special effects makeup for film, to jewellery making and neurographic art. There is also baking, driving theory, debating, investor trading, yoga and wine appreciation for those over 18. On the sporting front we offer a comprehensive sports programme including football, netball, hockey, tennis, golf, badminton, and basketball.

Famous for our Performing Arts, we are proud of our extensive extracurricular Drama, Dance and Film programmes. As well as a major West End style musical which runs for ten nights every Christmas term, there are a myriad of productions including rock and pop concerts, dance and musical theatre showcases and Shakespeare plays in our outdoor amphitheatre. For those students aiming to go on to Drama School and a career in acting, Hurtwood’s Acting Academy puts them through an intensive Drama course. There are also weekly Dance Classes with specialist tutors in every genre including tap, jazz, ballet, street, hip hop and contemporary. The top dancers have the opportunity for even more intense training in the evenings with the Hurtwood Dance Company. In Film Academy our Media students receive extra special training with workshops from industry professionals. They learn to live stream, make documentaries and experiment with 16mm film.