Good Schools Guide

    There are a number of guides for parents seeking objective information but many consider the Good Schools Guide to be the most authoritative. Its reports are based upon a rigorous independent appraisal, including an inspection and interviews with a range of current parents.

    Highlights from the report

    The only head we’ve come across where pupils gave an audible ‘aaaah’ when asked for their views: ‘the best head; respectful of us as pupils; makes the effort and knows all our names; you can have a conversation with him'

    Good Schools Guide 2016/17

    Pupils say the challenge grade system ‘helps you get to where you want to be’, and it certainly works, Hurst is in the top 10% nationally for value added.

    Good Schools Guide 2016/17

    Parents choose Hurst because they feel it provides something more than an academic education: ‘We want (them) to do well academically but not as an expression of everything else, we want them to be brought on as people’. Seen, then, as a holistic educational experience by parents.

    Good Schools Guide 2016/17

    A parent told us this is not a school for those who want to fly under the radar and just get to the end of their school days: ‘the thing you do at this school is engage - it can be anything, there are endless opportunities’

    Good Schools Guide 2016/17

    Pupils are well taught and achieve their academic potential’, said a parent. ‘It does its core purpose brilliantly’, said another

    Good Schools Guide 2016/17

    A strong house system here with separate houses for day pupils and boarders. A parent described their child’s house as ‘a refuge, not just a place to leave books’

    Good Schools Guide 2016/17

    There are lots of parenting workshops, and the views of parents on teaching and pastoral care are sought regularly: ‘the level of engagement with parents is excellent’, said one. ‘I feel totally a part of the school’. ‘School go out of their way to explain what they are doing so they can incur support’, said another.

    Good Schools Guide 2016/17

     

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