The importance of sport, outdoor education, creative & performing arts

Advocates of co-curricular activities, Hurst College explains why they play a big part in the lives of their students.

“What particularly strikes visitors to Hurst College is the vibrant dynamic community and the importance placed on an all-round as well as a core academic education. Students are enabled and challenged to make the most of their talents and the huge opportunities which are available. The college is ambitious for its students to achieve the best that they can in all that they do, recognising and encouraging both engagement and achievement. Whilst the best possible academic grades are critical, Hurst believes the development of the key skills, qualities and values which are so important in life come more from engagement with life beyond the classroom. 

Hurst regard co-curricular activities – such as sport, outdoor education, creative and performing arts – as being key to the all-round education of each student. The college offers a wide range of activities for all students during the school day. The programme is designed to encourage them to try new skills, move beyond their comfort zones, and gain experience in a safe and supportive environment. 

It is the intention that through these activities, students will not only acquire certain skills and develop certain qualities, but will also be introduced to a sport, hobby or pastime which will give them pleasure throughout their lives.  

Whether such activities are more physical or challenging in nature, service-oriented or cerebral, students are encouraged to pursue at least one significant activity throughout their time at Hurst. Co-curricular activities include the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Combined Cadet Force (CCF), community service, environmental conservation and the Hurst farm. Other activities include clubs for books, film, mechanics, dissection, ICT, creative arts, golf and sport. During the week, a host of additional activities are scheduled including fitness training, swimming and other sports, alongside sessions for drama, choir, orchestra, dance, the Top House competition, debating and workshops for art and DT students. 

Above all else at Hurst, nobody is ‘beneath the radar’ or ‘on the bench’. Each child is an active member of the community, who is encouraged, supported and enabled to realise their potential.”
April 2022, Hurstpierpoint College