The small classes of the Senior School foster individual development and ensure maximum attention for each student.
The Senior School
The small classes of the Senior School foster individual development and ensure maximum attention for each student. The first three years are spent studying our enriched curriculum. Students are encouraged to become independent learners and to take increasing ownership of their studies.
A wide range of both academic, Performance and Creative Arts are offered at all levels. The close liaison between all staff provides a network of advice and support which guides students through the milestones of senior school life and beyond. Every senior school student has a Form Teacher and Personal Tutor. The Form Teachers and Personal Tutors monitor academic progress. In addition teachers keep an eye on social and personal development.
The Personal Tutor performs a mainly pastoral role in the Senior School. Students will usually keep the same tutor throughout their time at Hurst Lodge and meet with them regularly. The tutor supports the student; helps them to resolve difficulties with work and relationships, and celebrates their success. The Personal Tutor is usually the first point of contact if the student, parents, or any other members of staff, have any concerns about anything at school, both academic and pastoral. Self-directed study and enrichment programmes supplement the timetable. Additional support from our Learning Support Department is available.
The school day starts at 8.25am but pupils may be dropped for breakfast at 8.00am or arrive for registration. School ends at 4.00pm, but learning continues long after academic lessons finish. There is an extensive after school provision in the Performing Arts, Art, Textiles Gardening, ICT, Life Drawing, Choirs, Cookery, Mathematics and Sport (varied throughout the year) which continue well into the evening.