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North Herts
Education Support Centre

About Us

North Herts Education Support Centre (NHESC) is an Outstanding Pupil Referral Unit serving the whole of North Hertfordshire, including the six secondary schools in Stevenage. NHESC works with permanently excluded students and those at serious risk of permanent exclusion.

We have two sites: Briar Patch in Letchworth and Bancroft in Hitchin providing education for KS3 and KS4 students and a behaviour support service across North Herts.

Additionally to these two sites we also have a Key Stage 3 unit next door to Briar Patch and our Bridge 29 programme based at the building in front of Bancroft as well as our North Herts Alternative Solutions programme based in Stevenage.

We offer a friendly supportive environment in which we are continually developing and striving for excellence, through a commitment to continuing professional development and high quality teaching and learning which drive everything that we do.

Our strong community environment enables young people to feel safe, happy and able to develop into positive members of their local community. Built into this, is a base of strong relationships, both with our students and their parents and carers, but also with our partnership of schools and key stakeholders.

The philosophy at NHESC  is that, "it’s never too late to turn on to education". The leadership is always looking for new innovative ways to get young people to reconnect with learning and enhance their social skills allowing them to leave formal education with a fresh and revitalised start to adult