Executive Head’s Welcome

We are a Centre designed to work with young people, schools, families and other associated professionals.

A Key Stage 3 Centre based in Briar Patch Lane, Letchworth and Key Stage 4 Centre based in Bancroft, Hitchin providing education for young people in KS3 and KS4 who are permanently excluded or at risk of permanent exclusion from their school in North Hertfordshire area.

Our aim is to assist the young people in returning to a permanent full time education placement whether it be a school or elsewhere. We will then assist in supporting their re-integration. In addition to the on-site provision above we also provide, when space allows, opportunities for full time Respite places for half term blocks.

Our Outreach Service work with Primary and Secondary schools in the North Herts area to assist in preventing permanent exclusions and reducing the numbers of pupils at risk.

Added to this our aim is to support our local schools in the development of their staff through Behaviour Support Network Groups and in providing training opportunities/experience allowing staff to build up knowledge and experience.

Visitors, whether parents or associated professionals, are always welcome.

Dan Nearney, Executive Head


I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you, for all your efforts with my son and with us. You & your staff have been amazing. I wish my son had joined you in Year 7! Thank you once again from the bottom of my heart. You all showed my son respect, kindness & much less judgement than he’d got used to

What a fantastic time, so lovely to see students and what they’ve achieved.

Andrea Edwards

Highfield School

I am delighted to see the success the year 11 has achieved. I’m proud they have found a vocation or going on to further studies. I’d like to thank the incredible staff at NHESC for their care, dedication and skill. Well done ESC.

Fergal Moane

Headteacher Hitchin Boys School

Lovely to see our Hitchin boys schools student pick up many awards and be so successful. Great also to hear their future plans and we look forward to welcoming one student back to Sixth form in September.

Martin Monks

Deputy Headteacher Hitchin Boys School

Wonderful to see how this setting has enabled such a high level of success for our young people. The pride and ambition was clear.

Lucy Miles

Federation board member

Pleased to see recognition being given to the students for all their hard work. Well done to staff for all their hard work and commitment.

Iain Sellars

Management committee member

I think the centre has been brilliant for my Daughter. She has come on a long long way since she started there. All the staff are lovely and supportive towards all the students. I am very proud of the centre and my Daughter is sad to be leaving. I also think the staff should be getting certificates today and I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the staff, you’re all brilliant.

Parent/Carer of Student

Thank you all for all the support the staff at the centre have given to my daughter. She has grown so much in confidence and would highly recommend the school to everyone.

Parent/Carer of Student

I was very against my son coming to the school, how wrong was I. I really thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the work you have put in with my son. He is a changed boy and on the road to new ventures. I believe this wouldn’t have happened without the support he got at this amazing school. You are all amazing.

Year 11 Student

I love the centre because they are loving and supportive and always encouraging me.

Year 11 Student

I liked the centre because they treat us like equals.

Year 11 Student

Thank you very much for a wonderful time at the centre. You have helped, me progress excessively over the past year and I’m looking forward to what the future brings. I wish all the staff the best and I couldn’t have done it without you.

Year 11 Student