There is every opportunity for students to continue developing their special interests or take up new ones - coached by experts in their field. Sixth Formers also have an important role in making a major contribution in every aspect of school life both through their own example and leadership and by working alongside members of staff in developing the skills, abilities and experience of younger students in the school.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver and Gold Award schemes are very popular with Hurst Sixth Formers who enjoy the companionship, the challenge and the rewards this scheme offers. Outdoor pursuits are also very popular and expeditions hone climbing, canoeing and scuba diving skills. Hurst’s strong CCF (Army, Air Force and Navy) draws its senior officers from the Sixth Form and they play an important role in helping younger recruits master new skills. The Young Enterprise scheme, too, attracts many, particularly those who - in the long term - are considering a business career; each year a Hurst ‘company’ wins a number of awards in the Sussex YE competition.
Sport, too, can play an important part in a Sixth Former’s life with many senior teams playing for, and sometimes winning, County cups. There is also a fitness centre with a professional trainer (Rob Smith who is also an indoor rowing champion and currently the holder of multiple world records) available to advise and write programmes for sporty and non-sporty students alike.
Those who are musically inclined have the opportunity to take a leading role in the school’s various choirs, bands and ensembles, in the organisation of the school’s many concerts and recitals and in the keenly fought House Music Competition.
Sixth Formers are major players, too, in the school’s many drama productions as actors, scenery designers, sound and lighting engineers and as directors and producers key plays throughout the year. In their final year, the Upper Sixth also direct, produce and act in their own ‘valedictory play’ – always a great piece of theatre.
As well as coaching others, artists (both those who are taking it as an academic subject and keen ‘amateurs’) have the opportunity to work in their own dedicated studios (and the Department’s new digital imaging suite) as well as attending bespoke life drawing sessions.
Each year, however, Sixth Form students take advantage of informal dance classes – some are determined to practise exciting contemporary dance at a high level whilsts others only seek to acquit themselves with honour on the dance floor at a school, club or, later, a university function! For those who are keen, there is the opportunity to form troupes, help to tutor the less experienced and take part in performances within the School and the local community.
There are many other societies and clubs at Hurst from Debating and Fencing to Poetry, Pod Casting and Polo. In short, as mentioned in the introduction, a Hurst Sixth Former has every opportunity continue developing his or her special interests or take up new ones - coached and supported by experts in their field.