School Life

    Hurst Education

    Academic life is the keystone of a Hurst education. We are ambitious for all our pupils and are committed to supporting every child to be the very best that he or she can be. Pupils are known and valued for everything that they are as well as for the contribution they make to the school community.

    Inspirational teaching lies at the centre of our pupils’ academic experience. A broad and balanced curriculum is delivered by excellent, enthusiastic teachers whose absolute priority is to ensure that our children are consistently engaged and stimulated. Lessons are carefully tailored to meet the needs of each class or group, to ensure that every child is appropriately challenged and to encourage a life-long love of learning.


    House System

    We operate a House System to encourage healthy competition and teamwork. On arrival, children are allocated to one of the four houses, all named after past eminent academic staff of the College.

    The role of the houses has increased in recent years and house competition is now thriving. Our house masters and mistresses take an active role in encouraging their children to strive for house points. Each house also organises a charity day to create an awareness of responsibility to the wider community.

    Pastoral Care

    We believe that good pastoral care is essential for a child to flourish and we value each child as an individual. The child's tutor is the mean focus for pastoral care, supported and guided by their Head of Year and the college designated safeguarding lead. 


    By regular assessment through Hurst’s Grades and Reporting system our teaching staff monitor progress and attainment and thereby provide the guidance required to help each child reach his or her academic potential. Achievements are celebrated regularly, promoting confidence and high self-esteem throughout the school.

    We also work in partnership with parents to ensure that all pupils thrive academically and develop strong, secure foundations for future academic success in the Senior School.

    Daily Routine

    8.00am Prep School opens
    8.05am Pupils allowed in classrooms
    8.20am Registration
    8.30am Lessons 1 & 2
    10.35am Break
    11.00am Lesson 3
    12.00 noon Lunch
    1.10pm Lessons 4 & 5 / Wednesday - sports matches 12-4pm
    3.30pm Thursday - Chapel service (finishes 4.20pm)
    4.20pm Last lesson finishes (Monday, Tuesday, Friday)
    5.15pm  Supervised prep period 1 finishes
    5.55pm Supervised prep finishes (leave by 6pm)
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