All of our students recognise that membership of the Hurst Sixth Form is a privilege, and they are given multiple opportunities within the school week to make a wider contribution, both to the wellbeing of our community and to the wider world.
Many of our Sixth Formers work towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award Scheme, with its emphasis on leadership, community service and personal development. Others take command roles in the largest school Combined Cadet Force in the southern counties, or lead the school’s own Community Service programme.
The Young Enterprise Programme, available in the Lower Sixth, provides the opportunity for students to create and run their own business from scratch. Hurst has a long and successful track record, winning awards at county and regional level. Students can also contribute to the school’s student-run magazine, Oculus, or lead the many intellectual clubs and societies within the college.
Sixth Formers are also central to the school’s Guardian programme, in which selected students are given training and responsibility to monitor the wellbeing of their peers.
Charitable action is highly valued at the college, with the student body raising, on average, over £30,000 each academic year for worthy causes, and Sixth Formers are expected to take the lead in this. The school’s biennial trip to Malawi, to build school facilities in isolated rural communities, is open to all Lower Sixth Formers.