Sussex Business Times - Issue 403 2016

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equipment and the general outdoor space. Through-schools offer busy parents a one-stop-shop for their families with many employing a wrap-around care scheme which allows working parents to drop off their child before school commences and to collect them after supervised prep or activities at the end of the day. There is also a discount for siblings attending the school at the same time. The idea of a through-school does not suit everyone. Some parents prefer to keep their options open by choosing a stand-alone prep school that prepares its pupils for Common Entrance, which means the choice of senior school can wait a while. Others find the smaller, more intimate community offered by a stand-alone prep is a more comfortable introduction to school life. One of the most important factors for parents in choosing the right school is to consider whether their child will be happy and thrive. Open Days can help greatly with the decision-making process as they provide an excellent opportunity for parents and their children to view the facilities of potential schools and meet the heads, teachers and pupils to get a feel for the ethos, ambience and spirit. A personal tour of short-listed schools on a normal working day should follow, which can be tailored to individual requirements, allow for a more detailed discussion with the Head and, above all, enable parents to make a more informed decision on whether the school might be the right fit for their child. Hurstpierpoint College offers through education from Reception to the end of the Sixth Form years with key entry points at Reception, Year 3, Year 7,

Year 9 and Year 12. Pupils are welcome to join Hurst, subject to the College’s admissions procedures, at any of these points and sometimes in other year groups, provided there is space available.

The next Hurst open morning will take place on Saturday 24th September, you can book your places on line at or by contacting the admissions department on 01273 836937. 37