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Dacorum Education Support Centre

Dacorum Education Support Centre


At our KS4 Centre Barncroft Campus in Grovehill we offer one and two year programme for Year 10 and 11 students, who suit a more personalised learning approach. We are able to offer a range of academic and vocational courses complemented with work experience and offsite learning opportunities, where relevant.

Key Stage 4 aims to support young people as they make the transition from adolescence to adulthood, so they can become confident and healthy adults who can make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live. Our work recognises the individual young people come from very different starting points and we are committed to maximising opportunities and choices by providing an outstanding curriculum offer. 

We are committed to meeting these aims by:

  • offering quality support to young people
  • promoting intervention and prevention to address disaffection and social inclusion
  • providing a wide range of personal and social development opportunities
  • providing a twin track personalised programme that is committed to meeting the young persons academic and social needs.

This planned approach allows us to target individual learners areas of improvement whilst enabling the learners to excel in the areas of the curriculum that they show interest and talent.

We work in partnership with other local providers to supplement our onsite provision. We believe in matching the correct provision to the individual and so each learner's programme is bespoke.

Our core purpose is two fold, to re-engage young people in their learning whilst improving their attitudes, social skills, behaviour and attendance. This is echoed in all our work with young people enabling them to overcome their barriers to learning and to support them in their next steps. 

Our success is in securing all of our learners qualifications relevant to their aspirations, needs and interests. Each learner leaves with the essentials in English, Maths together with a personalised  package of academic and vocational qualifications, personal development programmes, independent living and work experience.

This holistic approach gives a firm foundation on which to build post 16. 

Once referred to the Key Stage 4 Centre, admission meetings, tours of the centre and parent meeting and initial assessments take place. Learners are than baselined to give us an accurate and current starting point, which together with the information from school of prior learning allows us to successfully place the young person into our provision.