Good Schools Guide

There are a number of guides for parents seeking objective information but many consider the Good Schools Guide to be the most authoritative. Its reports are based upon a rigorous independent appraisal, including an inspection and interviews with a range of current parents.

Highlights from the report

The only head we’ve come across where pupils gave an audible ‘aaah’ when asked for their views:  ‘the best head; respectful of us as pupils; makes the effort and knows all our names; you can have a conversation with him’

Pupils say the challenge grade system ‘helps you get to where you want to be’, and it certainly works, Hurst is in the top 10% nationally for value added.

Parents choose Hurst because they feel it provides something more than an academic education: ‘We want (them) to do well academically but not as an expression of everything else, we want them to be brought on as people’.  Seen. hen, as a holistic educational experience by parents.

A parent told us this is not a school for those who want to fly under the radar and just get to the end of their schools days: ‘the thing you do at this school is engage – it can be anything, there are endless opportunities.

‘Pupils are well taught and achieve their academic potential’ said a parent.  ‘It does its core purpose brilliantly’, said another.

A strong house system here with separate houses for day pupils and boarders.  A parent described their child’s house as ‘a refuge, not just a place to leave books’.

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