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' ” Good Schools Guide
“ 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. ” Good Schools Guide
“ 'Pupils are well taught and achieve their academic potential' said a parent. 'It does its core purpose brilliantly', said another. ” Good Schools Guide
“ 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. ” Good Schools Guide
“ 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'. ” Good Schools Guide
“ 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 then as a holistic educational experience by parents. ” Good Schools Guide