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Hurst Education Trust

Tim Manly, Headmaster at ƵappWelcome to the Hurst Education Trust (HET). Set up in 2022, the Trust has grown rapidly in the Mid-Sussex Area and built strong relationships with local schools close to the College.

The Trust is unique in its structure. A joint venture between Ƶapp and the Diocese of Chichester, the Trust utilises the resources and expertise of the College as well as harnessing the great talents and energy within the Trust schools.

The aim of the Trust is to enrich and support the education of children both within the HET schools and the College itself. I am very fortunate to work with not only an excellent team here at the College but also superb Head Teachers and staff within the schools. The style of the Trust is collegiate with a strong sense of togetherness as well as ambition for every child to achieve their God-given potential. I hope that this is tangible within all our schools and amongst those who are part of our family.

The information below should give you a flavour of who we are, what we do and why we do it, but do contact us if you want to explore our schools and the Trust further.

As ever,

Tim Manly
CEO Hurst Education Trust

The Trust’s vision

Central to the work of the Trust and its schools is the Church of England’s Vision for Education, ‘Educating for life in all of its fullness.’

“I have come so that you may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

The full HET vision can be found here:


HET benefits

HET schools benefit from access to Hurst facilities, equipment and services and the expertise shared between all HET schools.

Access to on-site facilities at Hurst include:

  • Swimming poolAlbourne pupils during a cricket workshop at Hurst
  • New Bury Theatre
  • Forest School
  • Workshops – Pupils attend Hurst for three full days in the summer term to take part in Athletics, Dance and Design & Technology workshops
  • Transport – Hurst minibuses are frequently used to help pupils from the HET schools to access a wider curriculum and build pupils’ cultural capital (such as trips and Year 6/Leaver’s Challenges)

Equipment and services:

  • Digital learning equipment – Hurst have loaned equipment such as computers and laptops to HET schools to increase the provision of digital learning in HET schools
  • Printed documents re-designed and professionally printed

Expertise shared between schools, including:

  • Hurst student reading with a pupil from St Wilfrid'sBook buddies – Hurst pupils attend HET schools to help pupils with their reading
  • Digital Learning Team – Hurst pupils and staff are enhancing the provision of digital learning in HET schools
  • French lessons – facilitated by Hurst teachers
  • Forest School expertise
  • Read Write Inc programme – Collaboration between Hurst and HET teachers has developed the Read Write Inc programme in HET schools
  • Regular visits by teachers and pupils – Both HET and Hurst have been sharing their ‘best practice’ across all schools. This is a two-way/multi-way process across HET
  • Sports – Hurst pupils take part in the Sports Leaders’ Programme and help coach in HET schools

HET Schools

Albourne S.E. School logo  Albourne Church of England Primary School
Albourne, West Sussex

Ditchling school logo

Ditchling (St Margaret’s) CE Primary and Nursery School
Ditchling, East Sussex

St Wilfrids School logo

St Wilfrid’s C of E Primary School
Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Being part of the HET enables us to learn together as a community of schools. Our children benefit greatly from the support and resources that Hurst offers, not to mention the guidance and expertise that are shared to help improve our school. Mrs Amy Clarke, Headteacher at Ditchling CE Primary and Nursery School

Even before we joined HET, the Trust made the collaboration of its schools, who were going to join, its number one priority. Alongside access to a variety of resources and expertise (previously unavailable as a LA school), the Trust leaders have brought together the schools to develop a collaborative approach to providing the very best for all our children in the Trust schools. Simon Hateley, Headteacher at St Wilfrid’s C of E Primary School, Haywards Heath