The Hurst Community College

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The Hurst Community College
Motto Ambition Commitment Excellence Respect
Type Community School
Location Brimpton Road

RG26 5NL
51°21′28″N 1°10′26″W / 51.35768°N 1.17393°W / 51.35768; -1.17393Coordinates: 51°21′28″N 1°10′26″W / 51.35768°N 1.17393°W / 51.35768; -1.17393
Local authority Hampshire
DfE URN 116422 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1000
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16

The Hurst Community College, previously The Hurst Community School, is a school in the village of Baughurst, which is in the county of Hampshire in England.


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.[1]

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 the majority of pupils continue education after the age of 16.[2]

The school has approximately 940 pupils.[1] Pupils come from a catchment area which includes the nearby town of Tadley and the villages of Silchester, Bramley, and Sherborne St John.[2]

Students in the school are divided among four houses, named after ships of the United Kingdom Royal Navy: Challenger, Endeavour, Invincible, and Victory. These houses compete in sports, talent contests and other events. Each house consists of mixed age tutor groups.[2]

The school was attended by Kathy Smallwood-Cook in the 1970s and actor James Bye in the 1990s.


The school teaches a variety of subjects which are examined at GCSE level or through BTEC awards. Pupils follow the National Curriculum.[2]

The school has introduced a virtual learning environment for the school using an open-source course management system entitled Moodle, which provides online resources for access at home and school. As of June 2015 the school introduced a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) system that allows pupils to use their own phones, tablet and PCs in lesson for study and research purposes.


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 in 2013, the school was said to 'Require Improvement'.[3] The Hurst was inspected again in May 2015 and in the report published on 8 June 2015 [4] OFSTED inspectors found that the school was Good.

Community functions[edit]

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.[2]


  1. ^ a b "The Hurst Community College". Department for Education and Skills. Retrieved 2006-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "About the Hurst Community School" (PDF). The Hurst Community College. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 27, 2005. Retrieved 2006-05-13. 
  3. ^ Chamberlain, Susan (2001). Inspection Report: The Hurst Community School (PDF). Inspection number 193592. 
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