Many students who have studied to GCSE level elsewhere choose to join the Hurst community for their Sixth Form years; they find a warm welcome and quickly become integrated into every aspect of school life.
Before moving on to the Upper Sixth in St John’s House, the Lower Sixth are the leaders of their Houses, enjoying many of the responsibilities and privileges that many other schools reserve for those in their final year. They are role models, establishing the tone, and setting standards, for their House. All Lower Sixth Formers play a key role assisting their Housemaster or Housemistress in the running of the House, whether as prefects or taking responsibility for specific aspects of House life, such as music, sport, social events, Charity Days or assemblies in Chapel.
St John’s is a modern co-educational hall of residence, where the Upper Sixth unites as one House, working closely with staff in the day-to-day running of school; chairing pupil committees, overseeing discipline and coaching younger pupils. Above all, the St John’s students share the common pursuit of their final year’s A Level academic work. Living and working closely together binds friendships that can and do, last a lifetime.
Hurst is justifiably proud that most students take up places on courses at their first choice of University. Supported by the College’s University admissions and careers specialists, students research courses and visit Universities where they might wish to study. They investigate career paths and are encouraged to undertake the work experience necessary to demonstrate their potential to prospective Universities and employers.
Taking a gap year before further study is increasingly popular and students are given the resources to investigate a wide range of gap year options.
Hurst Sixth Form develops individuals, who leave Hurst as young men and women, eager for the world of study and the world of work beyond school. Most importantly of all, the Hurst Sixth Form education instils a set of personal values, which students carry with them throughout their lives, along with those qualities of confidence, resourcefulness, persistence and enthusiasm needed for whatever challenges might come their way. Hurst students become fine colleagues, with the ability not just to lead but to work in a team, ready for life, and for living.