From fishing to country walks, gardening to chess, judo to jewellery-making, pottery to rugby – our activities programme is vast. Surprising talents are often unearthed by the children themselves and by our supervising staff.
First names between teachers and pupils, and the lack of uniform, might seem strange to newcomers, but there is plenty of respect here
We endeavour to make sport a positive and enjoyable experience for every pupil, offering top quality coaching, a broad range of sports, outstanding facilities and opportunities for gifted sports players to develop their elite skills. The main sports for girls are hockey, netball, and tennis, and for boys are football, hockey, cricket, and tennis. Fixtures take place on Wednesday afternoons.
Music, for performers and listeners alike, is central to daily life in at Dunhurst. We aim to create an environment in which children enthuse as much over the Sibelius Symphony as they do when listening to Jazz or Florence and The Machine. Pupils soon discover that the more they practise, the more enjoyable and fulfilling are the ensemble opportunities that become readily available to them. Orchestras, choirs, rock bands and chamber ensembles perform regularly in concerts and theatre productions.
Throughout the year there are plays for different year groups to take part in – with opportunities both on and off stage. All Groups’ pupils are encouraged to take part in the Groups’ play and there are two Blocks’ productions, traditionally performed in the Bedales Olivier Theatre and in summer in a marquee. All the hard work put in by the staff and students, including the costumes, leads to the brilliantly creative plays that Dunhurst is well known for.
Block 2 pupils enjoy a work-shadowing day, helping a local business or exploring a field of work they might be considering for the future and developing new skills at the same time.