The house system at Hurst ensures that new joiners into the Lower Sixth year are rapidly assimilated into the dynamic life of the school. Social ‘icebreaker’ events begin in the summer term of the Fifth Form (Year 11) and continue through the Lower Sixth Year, with year group dinners and ‘Mystery Bus’ outings helping new joiners integrate.
As the Lower Sixth is the final year in the school’s traditional houses (before the Upper Sixth are convened into their own house, St John’s) new joiners are encouraged into leadership roles as house prefects and guardians at the earliest opportunity.
The Lower Sixth year is a careful balancing act, and students are assisted and monitored by their tutors to ensure they get the balance right. The priority is for each student to complete their core academic responsibilities to the best of their ability, but there should also be time for wider intellectual enrichment, and engaging fully with all that Hurst offers beyond the classroom. It is undoubtedly a busy year, but also a hugely fulfilling one.