The Hurst Community College
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The school provides secondary education for boys and girls aged from 11 to 16. It is categorised as a community school, which means it is run wholly by the local education authority (LEA). The school was previously granted specialist science status, for which the school received funding additional to its normal budget. However the school remained a comprehensive school, and did not take the option available to specialist schools to select a proportion of its pupils.
Though the school does not provide higher education, it has links with both Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke and the Basingstoke College of Technology, where some pupils continue education after the age of 16.
Students in the school are divided among four houses, named after ships of the United Kingdom navy: Challenger, Endeavour, Invincible, and Victory. These houses compete in sports, talent contests and other events. Each house consists of 12 mixed age tutor groups.
The Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) inspected the school in May 2001. They concluded that the school was "a very good school with some excellent features", which had improved significantly since the previous inspection in 1997. However, more recently following an OFSTED visit, the school was said to 'Require Improvement'.
The school provides facilities for use by the local community. There is a pre-school nursery and an after-school club for children who attend local primary schools. The school also hosts adult education courses and has sports facilities. The school also supports a wide range of charities in the local community and further a field, holding many different fundraising events.
- The Hurst Community College, the school's website
- The Hurst Community College (with Specialist Science Status), details about the school from the local education authority, Hampshire County Council.