Hurstpierpoint College | Senior School - Outdoor Education

Clubs and Activities

Many pupils are interested in developing skills in new areas that can benefit them at university and in later life. We encourage students to take part in clubs and activities during the school week.

Hurst’s clubs and activities include:

  • Art workshops
  • Canon Club literacy society
  • Chess, board games and tabletop gaming
  • Chinese language
  • Craft clubs, sewing and jewellery making
  • CREST and STEM Awards
  • Debating Society
  • Design and Technology workshops
  • Diversity and Inclusion Group
  • Engineering Education Scheme (EES)
  • Environmental Conservation groups, including working on the Hurst Farm
  • Film Club
  • Model United Nations (MUN) (Sixth Form)
  • National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
  • Oculus (school magazine)
  • Photography Club
  • Sign language
  • Sports Leaders
  • Table Tennis
  • Young Enterprise (Sixth Form)

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Group

In July 2020, Hurst College appointed a Director of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). The role was created to develop a better understanding and awareness of issues surrounding race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability, class and religion.

A combined pupil and staff D&I platform was set-up in September 2020 and a student Head of Pupil D&I was appointed. As so many individuals were keen to be involved, further subgroups were created to enable more specifically focused communities such as:

  • READI (Rainbow Education Alliance of Diverse Individuals) – an LGBTQIA+ group
  • Disability Awareness Network
  • Racial Inclusivity
  • Prep School Ambassadors

The D&I platforms have organised numerous events including:

  • Pride History Month – on social media and around the school
  • Black History Month – integrated into school lessons
  • Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Disability Awareness Week – with visiting speakers
  • International Women’s Day – with pupil pledges and a charity period products collection
  • Inspiring speakers

Read more on our blog page Diversity and Inclusion – the story so far

The Canon Club

Members of this literacy society meet with authors from backgrounds not heavily represented in the GCSE and A-level English syllabus. The society encourages reading for enjoyment and aims to diversify the curriculum.

Crest and STEM Awards

Students design their own scientific or engineering project and then work to find the solution through research and experimentation.

Hurst Engineering Scheme

The Hurst Engineering Scheme was launched in 2021 by Hurst’s Head of STEM, Amanda Jayne. The scheme invites companies free-of-charge to provide projects and work alongside teams of students. In the first year the scheme secured sponsorship for three teams and students met with their mentoring engineers at Hurst to design and present an engineering solution to a real-life project.

Model United Nations

model united nationsModel United Nations is a simulation of the real United Nations organisation. Students learn about the work of the United Nations and how political support for ideas is gained and resolutions formed. Teams attend domestic and international conferences, representing different nations on a variety of committees. Students from across the world come together at these conferences to solve the current major political matters. These can range from resolutions aimed at combating rising flood waters, the use of drones in warfare and food crises, to issues of over-population and terrorism.

With every school being given one country or institution to represent, MUN is an extremely prestigious opportunity which is highly coveted by both universities and employers.

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

Students train as lifeguards, developing a range of poolside and in-water skills, alongside first aid training, as they work towards their nationally recognised NPLQ.

For more information visit rlss.org.uk

Oculus

Oculus, the school magazine, is written, edited and produced by a student team.

Sports Leaders Award

The Sports Leaders qualification is a national scheme designed to use sport and physical activity to help young people develop their leadership skills whilst helping themselves and others stay physically active.

Qualifications on offer are Sports Leadership at Level 1, 2 and 3. The Level 2 Qualification in Community Sports Leadership (CSL2) is recognised in personal statements and the Level 3 Qualification in Sports Leadership (SL3) carries UCAS points.

More information can be found at sportsleaders.org

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise is a national competition when students (in the Sixth Form) set-up and run their own student company. They make all the decisions about their business, from deciding on their company name and product to managing the company finances and marketing.

Teams compete against other schools in local and regional competitions and are able to promote and sell to the public through pop-up shops and the YE Trading Station online store. The overall aim is to making a profit and secure awards at a regional and national level.

Through Young Enterprise students gain practical business experience which is a great addition for their UCAS Personal Statements. Hurst has a long and successful track record, winning awards at county and regional level.