Hurstpierpoint College is a co-educational day and boarding school for boys and girls aged between 4 and 18 years. Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior Schools are linked by common values and a common academic and administrative framework, to provide a complete education. There are currently 402 boys and 329 girls. 54% of the pupils are boarders. The Preparatory School has a further 292 boys and girls and the Pre-Prep currently has 69 pupils. The College is within easy reach of London via rail or road and is thirty minutes drive from Gatwick Airport..
Hurst is truly co-educational throughout and offers boarding for boys and girls in the Senior School. Boarding is a particularly popular option at the school with many day pupils and flexi-boarders later opting to become weekly boarders. In their Upper Sixth year at Hurst, pupils join St John's House, a co-educational day and boarding house where, appropriately supervised, they enjoy greater freedoms and are encouraged to further develop their independent learning skills in preparation for university.
Hurst offers the academic excellence essential to give students future success in life. Just as importantly, our pupils make the most of their talents, potential and personality, as they experience fresh opportunities and challenges. At Hurst, pupils gain the values, integrity and intellectual independence to guide them through the years ahead. We offer all this, and a great deal more, in one of the friendliest and most supportive school communities likely to be found anywhere.
Hurst College community members work hard, do good and engage with NHS heroes
The Hurst College community – staff, pupils and parents – continue to support our NHS heroes by making visors and face masks, running a marathon and producing a fundraising t-shirt.
28th April 2020 — The Hurst College community – teachers, pupils and parents – continue to support our NHS heroes by making visors and face masks, running a marathon and producing a fundraising t-shirt.
Chief Operating Officer/DT teacher Dan Higgins and his daughter Beth - who was due to take her A-levels this Summer - have made over 160 visors for NHS staff. The visors were based on an original design shared by a friend of Dan’s who works at Abbey Gate College, Chester and who has been working with the Countess of Chester Hospital A&E Department to develop the design.
The Hurst-made visors have been produced from two methods, 3D printing and laser cutting, using PLA, PP and acetate - some also have foam and elastic stitched on by hand. Thirty-six visors have been made using two small 3D printers, which take around 90 minutes to print. The other laser designs, which are quicker to cut, require more assembly time. More than 100 visors have already been distributed by Beth following requests for assistance from a number of parents and staff. She has delivered the PPE to The Brow Medical Centre in Burgess Hill, Brighton Children’s Hospital, Hurst and Hassocks GP surgeries, and SE Ambulance services. The remainder will be delivered when more elastic has been sourced, and once further supplies of all the materials are delivered, then more visors can be made.
“It’s been a real iterative process where we have changed and simplified the design to make the production as fast and easy as possible, using the kit and stock we’ve had in the DT department. We have now exhausted all the materials we had left and have had to stop production for now,” said Dan.
Senior Nurse Sarah Barker started making facemasks over the Easter holidays after receiving an email request from her GP practice. News of Sarah’s handiwork quickly spread via Facebook and other organisations also requested her mask-making skills. She has made around 80 masks in total for local GP practices, pharmacies, care homes and community nursing teams.
“My hobby is patchwork and as I had a huge stash of fabric I was happy to help out and put the fabric to good use, before I returned to work for the NHS on a temporary basis,” said Sarah.
Year 6 pupil Amelie set herself the challenge of running a marathon with her pet dog in less than two weeks to raise money for NHS Charities Together. She began her quest last week, running between three and four miles every day and fittingly completed her 26.2 miles on Sunday, which should have been the day of the London Marathon. So far, she has raised £880, just £120 short of her target, and is still expecting to hit her fundraising target.
“When I was clapping the NHS workers on Thursday evenings I was thinking how brave they are and wanted to do more to help, so I decided to run a fundraising marathon. This is something I can do from my front door during our daily dog walking slot and online PE lesson time,” said Amelie.
During the Easter holidays Housemistress Jami Edwards-Clarke and the girls in her care designed a t-shirt, with a little help from some friends, to raise funds for the NHS. Using the girls’ drawings as a template, a Welsh friend of Jami’s produced print-ready artwork and a local West Sussex printer produced the finished article. Inspired by Jami’s Mum, who is currently working as a nurse in a make-shift Covid-19 hospital in Pembrokeshire, the house had hoped to raise at least £1000 for the NHS – that total has already been passed with more than 200 t-shirts sold and £2500 raised.
“The work that every single doctor, nurse, cleaner, porter (the list goes on) has been doing made us think, what we could do to help. So, we decided to produce this fundraising t-shirt to support our amazing NHS teams, wherever they are, and my Mum!”, said Jami.
Hurst College helps local NHS appeals with laptops and goggles
Hurst College is pleased to be doing its part to help the local NHS communities in their fight against Coronavirus by donating science goggles and delivering laptops and computer screens to local GP surgeries.
20th April 2020 — Hurst College is pleased to be doing its part to help the local NHS communities in their fight against Coronavirus by donating science goggles and delivering laptops and computer screens to local GP surgeries.
Hurst parent, Cheryl Lambe, a GP at Henfield Medical Centre, approached Headmaster Tim Manly for help due to concerns regarding lack of appropriate personal protective equipment, particularly visors and masks. Cheryl said: “Mr Manly responded immediately and within a couple of hours had donated all the school’s science goggles. We were all overwhelmed by his generosity and continue to be appreciative of all the support offered by Hurst in these difficult times.”
Hurst’s Assistant Fleet Manager, Ian Milton, was approached by a business contact from the Commissioning Care Group in Lewes to request assistance with delivering laptops and computer screens to all NHS GP surgeries across West Sussex so that staff could work from home.
In phase one of this huge logistical task, three mini-buses and teams of two volunteer drivers travelled more than 550 miles over two days. Ian, along with Fleet Manager Dennis Levy, mini-bus drivers Steve Carroll, Alistair Morris, Ian King and Phil Hogan delivered more than 185 laptops and nearly 400 monitors. Phase two and three will see the further distribution of hundreds of laptops.
“The NHS did not have the resources to deliver the IT equipment but we did! We were greeted with gratitude at many sites - staff and GPs alike thanked us and the college for coming to their assistance. Interestingly, the red Hurst mini-buses were recognised by several who had seen them in the normal course of events. It was great to help out and put the college's resources to good use in the current crisis,” said Ian Milton.
The Upper Sixth engineering team at Hurst College claimed the runners-up spot in the senior engineering category at the national digital finals of the Big Bang Competition, with their project Improving coagulation and flocculation in wastewater treatment.
16th April 2020 — The Upper Sixth engineering team at Hurst College claimed the runners-up spot in the senior engineering category at the national digital finals of the Big Bang Competition, with their project Improving coagulation and flocculation in wastewater treatment.
The Big Bang Competition recognises and rewards young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), whilst providing them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.
Sponsored by Southern Water, the team of Isabella S, Matthieu B, Olivia H and George R – who received £250 as their prize – impressed the judges with their enthusiasm and quality of work. Last year, they were named as Young Engineers of the Year for the South East region and were narrowly beaten to a gold-level UK Industrial Cadets Award.
“The team have won a number of awards for their project and now they have crowned it by achieving the runners-up spot in a national science and engineering competition. As a school we are gaining a pretty good track record!” Amanda Jayne, Mistress-in-charge of STEM at Hurst College.
At the start of the Summer term, Hurst College switched to full-on remote learning with teachers either working from their own dedicated classrooms on site or from home, broadcasting live lessons to pupils’ homes. In addition, there are a small number of Prep School teachers on site to cater for pupils whose parents are key workers.
16th April 2020 — At the start of the Summer term, Hurst College switched to full-on remote learning with teachers either working from their own dedicated classrooms on site or from home, broadcasting live lessons to pupils’ homes. In addition, there are a small number of Prep School teachers on site to cater for pupils whose parents are key workers.
This new way of learning was trialled two weeks ago, before the Easter break, which followed as close to the normal timetable as possible, and in the Senior School the week began with house meetings followed by assembly with hymns and with an assembly in the Prep School.
As the week progressed, plenty of co-curricular activities were also introduced including a virtual choir rehearsal, CCF housekeeping activities, virtual dance classes and circuit training.
The last day of term before the Easter holidays began with a couple of lessons and was followed by itinerarium in the Senior School and an assembly in the Prep School. Senior School pupils finished the afternoon by watching the live streaming of the House Film competition before breaking for the Easter holidays.
Much was learned during the trial and a few tweaks have now been made for the Summer term in order to reduce the amount of screen time and increase the amount of physical activity.
“The response from staff, pupils and parents has been excellent – demonstrating Hurst spirit at its very best. I am extremely proud and grateful to each and every member of the Hurst Community in these challenging times”, said Tim Manly, Headmaster.
U14, U16, U19 netball girls come through Sussex round of National Schools Comp
29th October 2019 — During a brilliant day of netball at the Sussex round of the National Schools Competition, all three Hurst teams made it through to the regional finals for the first time.
It is always tough to bring a netball team together during the hockey term however, the U14As displayed commitment to training and playing in the Brighton mid-week league in order to help their preparation. The 10-strong squad played in a round robin competition at Roedean, with eight matches for each participating team. Although they expected all games to be tough, the girls retained a sense of calm all the way through as they scored 88 goals, allowing less than half of that total in reply. Going into their last match, they had already qualified for the regional finals however, the top spot on the leaderboard was still up for grabs. As much as they were disappointed to lose to Burgess Hill Girls by just goal, they still went through to the regionals as the leading Sussex school.
With 10 schools competing for two qualification spots in the U16s event, the squad were determined to claim one of those places. Captained by Sophia L and Emily K, the team started their campaign with a solid performance in winning comfortably against Bede’s. With adverse weather conditions it would have been easy to lose concentration however, as the tournament progressed, their team spirit did not falter as they improved with every game. The girls excelled in their whole court defence and their work rate was second to none, consistently turning over balls in every game which was highlighted in some strong wins against nine of the 10 teams – which put them through to the regional finals - including Eastbourne, Seaford and Burgess Hill. They met their match against a strong Brighton side and although level at half-time, they could not cling on to the win.
The 1st VII knew they had a tough day ahead, needing to beat either Worthing or Brighton - who finished first and second at last year’s national finals - alongside nine other teams. The girls recorded strong wins in their first few games against Roedean, Bede’s, Ardingly, Worth and Mayfield. Their game against Worthing was hard, as expected, as Worthing came out on top. Against Brighton, the girls performed with maximum effort to finish the first-half on level terms, and following a quick re-group and re-focus at half-time they came out on top. During the next couple of games, the girls played with a sense of calm confidence to take two more wins against BHASVIC and Collyer’s. Going into their final match against Seaford, fatigue had set in and the girls lost their composure to give Seaford a slight advantage however, the earlier result against Brighton meant they had done enough to qualify for the regionals alongside Worthing College.
“Working alongside a very busy hockey term, the netball girls put in extra hours and committed to play every Tuesday evening to allow for some much-needed training. This will continue through the second half of term to ensure the teams are all set for January when we hope to realise our aim of all three teams qualifying for the national finals,” Ellen Franks, Head of Netball.
Senior, intermediate and junior teams perform well in ESSA relays qualifying
29th October 2019 — The Hurst Swimming Squad performed superbly in the recent West Sussex qualifying round of the ESSA National Relays, held at The Pavilions in Horsham.
Hurst were amongst 19 schools from the West Sussex region competing to secure a qualifying spot for the national finals, so there was much at stake for Hurst. With 12 different events - Hurst being represented in each one - there was never a dull moment, with much cheering and support to encourage the teams to secure the fastest possible times.
The senior girls’ team of Alice R, Amelia E, Abby L and Sophie M, literally got them off to a swimming start by winning their heats in both the 4x50m freestyle and the 4x50m medley relays. The senior boys' were up against some very fierce competition however, Ben W, Alex C, Luke W and Thomas Y represented the college well in the medley relay, then Will R stepped in to join the team in the freestyle version.
The intermediate boys’ were hugely disappointed to be disqualified in the medley event, which spurred the determination of Charlie R, Max A, Ronan Dand Joss C to give their best effort in the freestyle relay, where they finished a creditable third in their heat.
The junior teams were keen to step up to the challenge of competing in the ESSA qualifiers for the first time. The boys, Jack F, Jacob W, Morten D and Luca C-F, and the girls, Eloise A, Esme D, Eryn C and Grace S - in the freestyle event - and Isabella R, Grace E and Esme - in the medley version - produced some encouraging performances.
Team of the day went to the intermediate girls. In the 4x50m freestyle, Hannah R, Maddy L, Alice Baillie-Hamilton and Millie F all put in split times of 30 seconds or under, with a very impressive final leg of 28.3 seconds from Millie. As if that wasn’t enough Millie, Bella P, Alice and Hannah produced another stand-out combined effort in the 4x50m medley. Not only did they win both heats, but they were also the fastest team overall in their events.
“We now wait with anticipation to see if their times are fast enough to qualify for the national finals which will be held at the London Olympic Aquatic Centre on 16th November. Fingers crossed!” Charlotte Baldwin, Swimming Coach.
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