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Sports and Recreation

Sport plays an important part in Hurtwood life. Although it is not compulsory, there is a full programme of sports and other activities every afternoon with a crowded fixture list of inter-school matches and tournaments.

The activities
during the week are
outstanding in range and in the number of students involved.



It is clearly important to achieve the right balance between work and relaxation and Hurtwood provides a wide range of other activities so that there is something for everyone.

As well as football, hockey, netball, cricket and basketball, typical afternoon activities include gym, climbing, mountain biking, aerobics, dance, audition preparation, golf, riding, polo, swimming, or advanced documentary film production in the Film Academy.

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Out and about

Hurtwood students also get out and about as often as possible, with visits to conferences and exhibitions, theatres, museums and galleries, sports tournaments, outdoor education weekends and subject-related European excursions.

This is
undoubtedly the most
professional set-up we have ever seen
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Callum Henderson

Discover Callum's Hurtwood experience here

Callum Henderson

What school did you attend before Hurtwood?

Sylvia Young Theatre School


What subjects and additional courses are you studying?

English Literature, Media Studies and Theatre Studies.


What attracted you to Hurtwood in the first instance?

I had friends who were auditioning and I asked whether we could see the Christmas show when I was looking for colleges. I came to watch Chicago and thought it was fantastic and arranged an interview straight away.

From my interview I knew that this was the place I would want to attend and after my audition a week later I realized that I needed to come here. I was lucky enough to win a full scholarship and I do not regret a thing, I feel so privileged to be here and I love it.


What do you like the most about Hurtwood House?

The freedom that you get from everyone, you can be your own person and you can be individual. I love doing the productions and I like how everyone has different talents in different areas, I love talking to new people and learning new skills.

I love the sport at Hurtwood too and I have played in the football team since I came, I feel honored to take the role of captaincy next year and I will hopefully lead the team to more victories.


How do you think it has helped you develop academically?

I feel that, especially in Theatre studies, I have learnt a huge amount as at my last school we would learn different techniques and we would devise different pieces but here I have learnt about all of the main practitioners that has made acting what it is today.

I have learnt so much more than I thought was possible and I am shocked at how much goes into acting and how much you need to do when you perform to make it more powerful and engaging.


What do you like most about the teaching at Hurtwood?

I like how relaxed it is and I appreciate how they allow you time to get your work done and they don’t put much pressure on you to hand it in, the teachers allow negotiations and it helps you complete work more easily with less stress. The lessons are very interactive as well, making it easier to learn subjects. I like how you don't need prior knowledge of a subject to learn the content.


What is the most exciting thing for you personally about being at Hurtwood?

Personally, the most exciting thing for me would be the amount of productions and shows that I can get involved in. As I came here for theatre and for performing I love the amount of shows that occur, I love being in the shows and showing my parents and hundreds of other people what I can do. I get exited to show my friends and family what I get up to and to show them that I do work hard and I want to make them proud.


In what ways do you find Hurtwood better than your previous school?

Hurtwood is 100% a more mature and sophisticated school than my last school and I feel that here I can express myself more and I can show people what I love to do. I love every aspect of Hurtwood and I have loved my first year.


How do you think Hurtwood will help you with your ambitions?

My ultimate ambition is to be an actor both on stage and screen and I feel that studying at Hurtwood will help me reach my goal. I will attend drama rehearsals and meetings next year that will help me prepare for interviews and auditions for Drama schools.


Where are you planning to go on to after Hurtwood (Uni and beyond)?

I’m planning to apply to RADA, Bristol Old Vic and Royal Central School London, I just want to get myself out in the world and get noticed by the right people in the acting world.