We regard extra-curricular activities as being key to the all-round education of every individual pupil. Through such activities it is our intention that pupils will not only acquire certain skills and develop certain qualities but will also be introduced to a pastime or hobby which will give them pleasure 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, we believe that pupils in Years 9 and 10 should participate on a compulsory basis, whilst those who are older should have a free choice. However, it is hoped that every pupil will pursue at least one significant activity throughout their time at Hurst.
Shell (Year 9) and Remove (Year 10) pupils have an activity afternoon every Tuesday/Thursday. Activities include: Dance, Drama, Electronics, Astronomy, Fencing, Film, Golf, Karate, Personal Fitness, Poetry, Polo, Shooting and clubs for Creative Arts, Sport and ICT.
The Hurst Outdoor Education programme involves all students from Remove (Year 10) upwards taking part in our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and taking their silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Our Outdoor Education department also runs specialist outdoor sports such as Climbing, Skiing, Water Sports and Mountain Biking.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Service Afternoon on Wednesdays consists of DofE and CCF Army, RAF and Navy for the Fifth Form and above, with Community Service, Environmental Conservation and Recycling as an option. The Service Afternoon for Remove on Fridays consists of Duke of Edinburgh and the Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
Clubs and activities
Additional clubs and activities also take place during the school week and include Young Enterprise (Sixth Form), Fitness Training, Swimming and other sports, sessions for Drama, Orchestra, Dance, the Top House competition (general knowledge quiz), Debating and workshops for Art, and Design and Technology students.
Hurst's equestrian opportunities include show jumping, dressage and eventing. Pupils have the opportunity to represent the College at local and national competitions, including National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) championships.