Head of Psychology
Simon joined Hurst in 2002 having previously taught at Reigate Grammar School, Bishops in Cape Town and then Twyford in Winchester. He read Biology at Exeter, is a former Housemaster of Star and Head of Biology and started Psychology at Hurst which currently boasts eight consecutive years of positive value-added A-level results. He is also responsible for the Teach Hurst PGCE training through Sussex University. Outside the classroom, as a Yacht Master and Professional Skipper, Simon offers sailing and training weekends to students.
Psychology is always a popular choice and is offered only at A-level as a two year course. The first year is a good foundation, offering a diverse range of material, and includes topics such as memory, attachment and research methods as well as considering approaches such as behavioural, cognitive and social learning theory. In the second year, the key topics studied are cognition and development, aggression and schizophrenia.
Psychology is taught in the new Science Lecture Theatre which works well for A-level students as it creates a similar environment to university lectures.
Links to university
Our Psychology department has made strong links with the University of Sussex which has a vibrant and developing Psychology faculty. In the past five years, links have included research into attitudes to alcohol in teenagers, in which an education programme was developed and Hurst was one of the schools that took part in the development process. Visits to the university also take place when postgraduates present their research studies and findings.
Past students who are reading Psychology return to speak to our A-level groups. This gives our students an opportunity to engage with current undergraduates and discover what their university courses involve and understand what university life is like.
About a third of our students who study A-level Psychology go on to read the same subject at university. Other than pure Psychology, Applied Psychology (Clinical) MSc and Psychology with Professional Placements are becoming increasingly popular.
Careers directly related to a degree in Psychology include: Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, Further Education Teacher, Health Psychologist, Occupational Psychologist, Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Worker, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and Sport and Exercise Psychologist.