Our Spring 2017 newsletter featured interesting articles about two former Hurstmere pupils and their continued success since leaving the school. 

Former pupils, who are now in higher education or have started their career, can be inspirational and relatable role models to our current boys. 

Hurstmere is always delighted to hear from former pupils and will be recognising and celebrating their varied talents and achievements with future articles.

Ronnie Richardson
Former student Ronnie Richardson has achieved rowing success in two major competitions in 2016. Rowing for Globe Rowing Club he was selected into the Junior quadruple scull team for the National Schools Regatta where he volunteered as “bow steers” for the boat, a position of great responsibility as he has to coxswain the boat guiding over the course. The competition took place at the Olympic Venue, Dorney Lake Eaton and Ronnie’s crew were crowned National Champions after winning the Kingston Cup. In 2016 the same crew were Silver medallists at the British Rowing National Junior Championships. In addition to this Ronnie has attended GB training camps and has also been invited to attend GB Junior Trials, we wish him every success with this.
Whilst at Hurstmere Ronnie was a quiet and unassuming boy and was not one to blow his own trumpet but it is clear that his dedication and single mindedness to training and achieving his goals has paid off, everyone at Hurstmere is extremely proud of his achievements.
Josh Scales
Josh Scales left Hurstmere in 2014 - he has completed a course at North West Kent College and, as a result of a partnership with the company BBA Reman, he was one of only four boys selected for a position at the company after extensive interviews. This is yet another success story for an ex-Hurstmere pupil.

Dr Robin Bunce (Class of 1990)
Bunce%2c Dr Robin (Picture 1)Robin Bunce studied at Hurstmere School between 1985 and 1990.  After leaving the school, he gained a first class degree in Politics and Government from Kent University and a PhD in the History of Political Thought from Cambridge University.  He writes about politics and culture, and has recently published Renegade: The Life and Times of Darcus Howe, with Bloomsbury. The book, which was written with Paul Field, is the first major history of the Black Power movement in Britain, and is due to become the basis of the feature film Mangrove Nine.  Robin advised Oscar Winner John Ridley on the history behind his script for his latest TV show Guerrilla.  He blogs for the Huffington Post on politics, and continues to teach and research at Cambridge.

Jack Playford (Class of 2014)
Playford%2c Jack.1 (2017)Whilst in Year 7 at Hurstmere, Jack began Kayaking at a club set up by one of his teachers, Mr Baston.   Jack is currently Under 21 Canoe Polo World Champion.
Jack became instantly obsessed with Kayaking and within a few months was training six times a week.  When it came to his GCSEs, he juggled studying with Kayaking and achieved well-deserved grades.  In 2015, age 17, Jack competed for Great Britain in the Canoe Polo European Championships and achieved a respectable 4th place, after being knocked out by the Germans.  His training, along with his team mates, was increased to 12 sessions a week.  The team became unstoppable in the 2016 World Championship season, comfortably reaching the finals…against the Germans, and their superior fitness beat their opponent’s strength.
Jack became top goal scorer (28 goals in 10 games) and has now been signed by an Italian team, with a trip to China planned for Summer 2017.
On a personal level, Jack feels that going from a chubby Hurstmere Year 7 to standing on a podium, with his best friends, in Sicily with a gold medal around his neck is all thanks to Mr Baston setting up the club back in 2010.   Of course Jack will recommend Kayaking!

Sam Nunn (Class of 2013)
Nunn%2c SamAfter leaving Hurstmere in 2013 and gaining A Levels at Chis & Sid, Sam was awarded a rowing scholarship at the University of Washington.   Sam achieved numerous successes in rowing and athletics, including a bronze medal in the British Championships Single Scull, gold in the Ghent International Regatta 4x and he became silver medallist in the U23 High School Crash B's Indoor World Championships. Now studying at the Oxford Brookes University, Sam rowed against Cambridge and Oxford in the boat race warm-up fixtures.  Following a series of injuries last year, Sam is back to fitness and will be taking part in the Henley Royal Regatta this summer and aims to represent GB at either the U23 European or World Championships.  We wish Sam all the very best for the future.