The defining feature of Hurtwood is its creativity. “It is the glory of Hurtwood,” according to the Good Schools Guide, “and is at the heart of its ethos.” Hurtwood provides outstanding opportunities for the aspiring actor, singer, artist, fashion designer, dancer or filmmaker.
There is a glittering array of performance opportunities – some related to the A-level Theatre Studies course, but many more available outside school hours, all run to professional standards, largely because the teachers are West End/Media pros, absolutely on top of their game jaw-droppingly good concerts and theatre shows.” Good Schools Guide.
The Christmas musical, for example, is a £100k production with a cast of 70-80 students performing for ten nights with a full West End band and professional musical directors, choreographers and lighting designers. The same dynamic is applied to the Summer musical and to the February Rock & Pop concert – another £50k extravaganza featuring 20-30 students, many of whom have gone on to great things over the years – visit our Hall of Fame.
There is a wide variety of straight drama and improvisation built into the A-level course, with an exciting weekly programme of theatre skills including stage combat and circus skills. Outside that, our Drama Company runs a year-long, highly specialised “drama school” course, providing training to all students auditioning for the major drama, dance and music schools, and acting lessons for stage and screen.
Over a dozen hands-on theatre practitioners challenge the students to work to professional standards in an atmosphere of creative collaboration.
Working with such seasoned professionals means high expectations and a demanding workload, but offers the opportunity to perform with the best at the very highest level.EXPLORE DRAMA
I am thrilled about getting into Drama School. Thank you so much for helping me to realise my dreams and for supporting me in everything I did at Hurtwood. DANI HARRISON PAST STUDENT
With state-of-the-art technology and high levels of expertise and instruction, students are given the freedom to be creative and the tools to achieve at the highest level.MEDIA STUDIES
Elaborately staged concerts and musical showcases give artistes the opportunity to perform with professional musicians in front of audiences which often include agents and record companies. More than 100 of our students take music and singing lessons, and many a musical career has started here, whether it be on stage or in our state of the art recording studios.DISCOVER MUSIC
Whether it is classical ballet, lyrical jazz, musical theatre, contemporary, tap, flamenco, pas de deux, modern, commecial hip-hop or Bollywood; whether it is for fitness or for fun; and whether it is curricular or extra-curricular, Hurtwood offers an extraordinarily rich and varied diet of dance styles and techniques.DISCOVER DANCE
Expectations are high. The atmosphere is stimulating and vibrant and students produce portfolios rich in their diversity and creativity and of extremely high quality.EXPLORE ART
We have high expectations of our students and this is reflected by the excellent examination results that have been achieved and the high percentage of students that gain access to Foundation and Degree courses in Art and Design both in the UK and abroad.TUNE IN TO TEXTILES
Photography is now the most widespread form of image-making in the world. Newspapers and magazines and advertising hoardings feed us thousands of photographic images every day, and they are perhaps more influential than we care to admit.DISCOVER PHOTOGRAPHY