We regard co-curricular activities as being key to the all-round education of every individual pupil at Hurst. Through such activities it is our intention that pupils will not only acquire certain skills and develop a range of qualities, but will also be introduced to a pastime or hobby which they can enjoy throughout their lives.
Hurst offers a wide range of activities for all pupils during the school day. Our activities programme is designed to encourage pupils to try new skills, move beyond their comfort zone, and gain experience in a safe and supportive environment.
Whether such activities are more physical in nature, service-oriented or cerebral, by the time our pupils are in the Sixth Form they have a far wider choice as to what they do. However, it is hoped that every pupil will pursue at least one significant activity throughout their time at Hurst.
All pupils in the Sixth Form are required to participate in the games programme three afternoons a week. Our traditional team sports include Rugby, Hockey, Football, and Cricket for the boys and Hockey, Netball and Cricket for the girls. However, we fully appreciate that many students may not enjoy these types of team sports and so also offer a wide variety of more individual-orientated sports and outdoor pursuits, such as Athletics, Tennis, Swimming, Golf, Aerobics, Basketball and Badminton. Our Outdoor Education department also runs specialist outdoor sports for the Sixth Form, as diverse as Climbing, Skiing, Water Sports, Mountain Biking and Equestrian.
Service and Skills Afternoon
Once a week we have a Service and Skills afternoon. Every student in the Lower Sixth is expected to be involved, whilst in the Upper Sixth this is optional. There are a variety of activities to choose from including the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award scheme, CCF (Army, RAF and Navy), Community Service, Environmental Conservation, Recycling and working on the Hurst Farm smallholding. Alternatively, other activities the pupils can choose from include Young Enterprise, the Engineering Education Scheme (ESS) - a STEM initiative, Gold CREST projects, Model United Nations, Amnesty International, Sports Leadership, Child Care and Jewellery Making. All of these activities can be included in either the Service or Skills element of their DofE.