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North Herts
Education Support Centre

Curriculum Subjects (KS3)

Our Key Stage 3 provision opened in September 2012. We offer respite placements for up to six students in years 7, 8 and 9. This provision offers young people the opportunity to follow a very similar curriculum to the mainstream schools. 

Students placed with us will study English, Maths, Science, Art, ICT, Geography, History, Beliefs and Values, PSHE, Horticulture, Cooking and PE.

Currently students are offered the opportunity to study for several Short Course Awards, depending on the amount of time they spend with us, which include:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Beliefs and Values
  • Cooking

Students not only study the above subjects, they are also assessed to establish the major reasons for their troubled time in their mainstream school. Whilst much of our time is spent on academic work, there is just as much emphasis on personal and social education.

Students’ placements with us are often a time for them to relax a little and to take time out of a situation that is not working for them or for their school and to gather strength and ideas to move forwards. We are in a position to give students the time and space to reflect on the way they operate in mainstream school, try out new ways of approaching problems and if necessary refer them services that we feel will help them to make a success of their time in compulsory education.

The Programme Lead for KS3 is Jackie Newland