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North Herts
Education Support Centre

Curriculum & Pastoral

At NHESC we run a twin track programme placing as much emphasis on personal and social education/preparing the student to be a successful citizen in today’s society alongside our broad and varied curriculum.

We aim to prepare students for life after compulsory education. We see our Centre as a fresh start for the students – no matter how unsuccessful they viewed themselves in education, they see us as a way forward, an enjoyable place to be and somewhere they are going to feel successful.  We offer these students an education within a positive secure environment where the partnership between staff and students is valued and the student’s journey to become an accepted member of their local community can begin.

At the Centre we offer a range of formal qualifications delivered over our two sites.

Qualifications

Students are offered the opportunity to gain many of the following qualifications:

  • English: GCSE, Entry Level, Functional Skills
  • Maths: GCSE, Entry Level, Functional Skills
  • Science: Biology GCSE
  • ICT: Cambridge Nationals, Level 1 or Level 2, Functional Skills
  • Leisure and Tourism: GCSE
  • Enterprise: OCR Level 1 or Level 2 Award in Understanding Business Enterprise
  • Sport: Edexcel BTEC Level 1 Award or Certificate in Sport and Active Leisure and Edexcel BTEC First Level 1 or Level 2 Award in Sport
  • PE: AQA Awards
  • Art: GSCE, Arts Council Arts Award
  • Music: Rock School Music Practitioner’s Level 1 Award and CertificateArts Council Arts Award
  • Construction: Edexcel Level 1 BTEC Introductory Award/Certificate in Construction
  • Catering: GCSE, BTEC Level 1 - Introduction to the Hospitality Industry, CIEH Level 2 Certificate in Food Safety
  • Mechanics: ABC Awards Entry Level 3 or Level 1, Award or Certificate in Motor Vehicle Studies, City & Guilds Entry Level 3 or Level 1 Award in Cycle Mechanics,
  • Hair and Beauty: City & Guilds Level 1 Award, Certificate or Diploma in ‘An Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector’
  • Saddle Up: AQA Awards in Basic Horse Management and Horse Riding Skills

 

 

Briar Patch GCSE Programme 

Our more academically able students and those suited to learning in a more formal classroom setting follow our GCSE Programme at the Briar Patch Site. Here the students have the opportunity to study the following subjects, many of them accredited GCSE and Entry Level Courses;

  • English
  • Maths
  • Biology 
  • ICT
  • Core PE/Outdoor Pursuits
  • Tutor Period/PSHE
  • Arts Award
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Right Trax

Plus a further option of one of:

  • Art
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Sport 
  • Enterprise

Students on this programme also chose one of the following vocational courses to study for on Mondays;

  • Catering
  • Construction -
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Music
  • Mechanics

Bancroft Vocational Programme 

The Vocational Programme at the Bancroft Site is aimed at students who have a specific interest or aptitude in a specialist vocational area. These students are suited to a combination of practical working and also learning in a fairly formal classroom situation. Students followed their chosen vocational area for a total of 6 hours per week and are offered the opportunity to gain qualifications in the following vocational areas:

  • Catering
  • Construction
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Mechanics

The remainder of the timetable for all students on this programme comprises the following curriculum areas, with the opportunity to gain the associated qualifications;

  • Maths
  • English
  • Core PE/ Outdoor Pursuits
  • Tutor Period/PSHE
  • Arts Award
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award

Plus a further option of one of:

  • Art
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Sport
  • Enterprise

Briar Patch New Horizons 

This programme has been designed to engage the groups of young people with more challenging needs. The work on this programme is very focused on the students’ complex and sometimes severe emotional, behavioural and social needs.

These students are those with more complex needs, suited to learning in a more practical way and the timetable for students on this programme includes once again an element of choice and a degree of flexibility. This enabled them to exercise a degree of guided control over their own learning and also takes into account their variable, daily, emotional needs.

The timetable choices are designed in a way to ensure that Maths and English lessons are part of the students’ weekly curriculum, with the specific aim of supporting them to achieve qualifications in these subjects.

During their lessons in English and Maths, students have the opportunity to gain GCSE, Entry Level or Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths according to individual student ability. There are a range of other curricular areas on the timetable (see below) with associated qualifications, some of which students would need to need to opt for.

  • English
  • Maths
  • ICT
  • PE and Outdoor Pursuits
  • Art
  • Cooking
  • Music
  • Saddle Up
  • Right Trax
  • Mechanics

Bancroft New Horizons 

Students with a specific interest or aptitude in a specialist vocational area and who prefer to learn in a more practical way are placed on our Vocational Academy Programme. Their interests may be linked to an overall theme but their behavioural needs are greater and they may struggle to work as part of a group.

Students follow their chosen vocational area for a total of 4 hours per week and are offered the opportunity to gain one of the associated qualifications:

  • Catering
  • Construction
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Music
  • Sports

The remainder of the Curriculum comprise the following Curriculum areas with the opportunity to gain the associated qualifications;

  • Maths
  • English
  • ICT
  • Core PE/Outdoor Pursuits
  • Music
  • Saddle Up
  • Right Trax