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Co-Curricular Activities

Co-Curricular Activities

We regard co-curricular activities as being key to the all-round education of every individual pupil at Hurst. Through such activities it is our intention that pupils will not only acquire certain skills and develop a range of qualities but will also be introduced to a pastime or hobby which they can enjoy throughout their lives.

Hurst offers a wide range of activities for all pupils during the school day. Our activities programme is designed to encourage pupils to try new skills, move beyond their comfort zone, and gain experience in a safe and supportive environment.

Whether such activities are more physical in nature, service-oriented or cerebral, we believe that pupils in Years 9 and 10 should participate on a compulsory basis, whilst those who are older should have a free choice. However, it is hoped that every pupil will pursue at least one significant activity throughout their time at Hurst.

Activities Afternoon

Shell (Year 9) and Remove (Year 10) pupils have an activity afternoon every Tuesday/Thursday. There are a range of activities for pupils to choose from including cerebral academic enrichment activities such as Forensics, STEM projects, and Poetry, alongside more physical ones including Football, Golf and Table Tennis. In addition, there is also Dance, Drama, Electronics, Astronomy, Film, Ninjutsu, Personal Fitness, Shooting and clubs for Creative Arts, Jewellery Making and ICT.

Outdoor Education

The Hurst Outdoor Education programme involves all students from Remove (Year 10) and upwards taking part in our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and their silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Our Outdoor Education department also runs specialist sports such as Climbing, Skiing, Water Sports and Mountain Biking.

Service Afternoon

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Service Afternoon on Wednesday consists of DofE and CCF Army, RAF, Navy for the Fifth Form and above, with Community Service, Environmental Conservation and Recycling as an option. The Service Afternoon for Remove on Fridays consists of Duke of Edinburgh and the Combined Cadet Force (CCF).

Clubs and activities

Additional clubs and activities also take place during the school week, especially at lunchtimes and evenings, and include various academic societies, Young Enterprise (Sixth Form), Strength and Conditioning, early morning swimming and other sports, sessions for Drama, Orchestra, Rock and Jazz Bands, Dance, the Top House competition (general knowledge quiz), Debating, workshops for Art and Design and Technology students, the Engineering Education Scheme (ESS) – a STEM initiative – and Gold CREST projects.


Hurst’s equestrian opportunities include show jumping, dressage and eventing. Pupils have the opportunity to represent the college at local and national competitions, including National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) championships.