We value our local and global community links and Senior School pupils regularly support the local community and charities.
Brighton Marathon Charity event
A team of Hurst students and staff man a water and energy drinks station for runners along the route of the marathon. Music students also perform for the runners and spectators. Our minibuses are also used to support the Brighton Marathon on the day of the event.
Charleston Trust Community Partnership
Hurst is an Associate Partner of the Charleston Trust and sponsors the Charleston Festival in May and the Charleston Small Wonder Festival in September.
Community Action Day Charity involvement
Every year in June the Senior School organises a Community Action Day where all pupils from Shell (Year 9) to Upper Sixth visit more than 30 locations across Sussex to help charities, schools and community organisations. The pupils carry out a variety of work such as gardening, painting, washing mini-buses and volunteering in charity shops.
Read our story on the 2016 Community Action Day
Organisations over the past few years have included:
Hickstead Showground Sponsorship
The College has close links with the world-class Hickstead Showground. Hurst has sponsored the National Schools & Pony Club Show Jumping Championships at The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead since 2009 and hosts a Schools Show Jumping Competition every September.
House Charity Events Charity fundraising
Each School house has the opportunity to raise money for the selected school charities throughout the school year. Recent charity fundraising has included organising a professional Magic Show in aid of MIND and holding cake sales to raise funds for the Samaritans.
Hurst Festival Community partnership
Every September the College supports the Hurst Village Festival by hosting events or lending our facilities to the festival. Hurst Festival events run by the College include:
Cake at the College organised by the College Music School
- Music Scholars' Concert organised by the College Music School
- Play in a day - in the Hurst Drama Studio
- Life Drawing - in the Hurst Art School
Hurst Players Sponsorship
We sponsor the local amateur dramatic society, the Hurst Players based in Hurstpierpoint Village.
Hurst Players - Amateur Dramatic Society
Malawi Project Charity involvement
Students carry out fundraising for our biannual trip to Malawi. Whilst there the group help build houses in our partner village, Chilingani.
Students' Malawi blog 2015
Links with local schools
Links have been formed with a number of local schools including Warden Park, a maintained school, and we have supported a number of joint ventures with this school.
The Hurst minibus fleet has been used to support the following:
- Brighton 29th Scout Troop
- Brighton Marathon
- Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common Parish Council Tea Party initiative
- Lindfield Boys Brigade
- Lindfield Primary School
- Lindfield URC Youth Group
- Southwater Scout Troop
- Sussex County Netball Club
- The Longines Royal International Horse Show
The College is active in supporting UK Remembrance Day every November and a special Remembrance Service is held as a tribute to the 108 Hurst boys and four members of staff who lost their lives during the First World War.
In 2014 Senior School pupils volunteered to help ‘plant’ ceramic poppies for the art installation at the Tower of London to commemorate 100 years since Britain's involvement in the First World War. The college also purchased five poppies to display with the College Chapel War Memorial and the money raised from the sale of the poppies went to The Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes, Coming Home, Cobseo, Combat Stress and SSAFA.
In 2014 Hurst launched an online war memorial record; Hurst at War.
Hurst archive | hurstatwar.co.uk
We currently sponsor the following sports clubs:
Hurstpierpoint Football Club
Sussex Police and the Fire and Rescue Service
During school holiday periods, College facilities have been made available to Sussex Police for dog team training and for training sessions run by West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.