The 2015/16 academic year marked 20 years of educating girls at Hurst.
In September 1995, Hurst Senior School opened its doors to girls for the first time after almost 150 years of being exclusively male. The transition to co-education did not happen immediately. The first girls joined the Prep School in 1993, and it took two years for the Senior School to follow suit, when 30 girls arrived at a school with around 340 pupils. Currently there are more than 770 pupils in the Senior School and almost half are girls. In 1995, one of the boys’ houses had to be converted into a girls’ house and since then, four more girls’ houses have opened to accommodate ever-increasing numbers, with another due to open in September 2017.
Girls are now a key part of Hurst's success. A wander around Hurst leaves visitors in no doubt that our vibrant and energetic school is now fully co-educational, where boys and girls are given equal opportunities to achieve their potential - and they do.
Here, we take a look back at the events held in commemoration:
To mark the start of the anniversary year in September 2015, all current girls took part in a special aerial photo shoot where they formed the number 20
As part of the celebrations we produced a commemorative mug
In December 2015, there was a celebration dinner attended by more than 250 old girls, and in February 2016 there was another celebration dinner, attended by more than 200 current girl pupils.
Artist-in-residence, Mandy Bangerter, hosted a textiles workshop in January 2016, to create a contemporary wall hanging celebrating girls’ involvement in College life during the past 20 years. The finished hanging was unveiled two months later in March 2016 and took 40 students, staff and parents 250 hours, 50 reels of cotton and 20 broken machine needles to complete.
Late acclaimed composer, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, was commissioned to write an anthem for female voices. The anthem was recorded as part of a collection by the College Choir, which was released in June 2016.
The new girls’ DT Club created a display - on which the interests of every current girl is represented in some way - for the new Design and Technology foyer, and was unveiled at the May 2016 Open Morning.