What are your options?
Schools and sixth forms
You may need to look further than your young person's existing school. Every school has a variation on what they offer, and how it is taught. You may want to contact several schools to find out the differences in teaching, to see if one might suit your young person better.
There's a consortium system in Hertfordshire, meaning that different groups of schools offer a range of subjects between them. If your young person’s subjects are split between schools you’ll need to decide if it’s practical for them to be travelling during the day.
Staying at a SEND school
Some young people may benefit from staying in school after Year 11. A number of special schools in Hertfordshire have post-16 departments where young people with complex needs may continue their learning until Year 14 when they reach 19 years of age.
This is where a student spends some time in school, and some time in a college. It's a great way to access further education with some of the stability and familiarity that school offers. Speak to your current place of education and your preferred college about this.
Natspec have a directory of specialist colleges for children with very high needs, usually for young people who have been to a special school or had very high levels of support in mainstream education. These would need to be agreed through the EHCP process.
The are 4 colleges in Hertfordshire - they will all have a SEND team that you can chat to about the courses and support on offer.
View Oaklands College's courses
Enquiries: Springfield/Supported Learning Tel: 01727 737780
Mainstream Additional Learning Support Tel: 01727 737113
Hertford Regional College
View Hertford Regional College's courses
Enquiries: Inclusive Learning Tel: 01992 411854
Mainstream Additional Learning Support Tel: 01992 411617 / 602
Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
North Hertfordshire College
View North Hertfordshire College's Supported Studies (SEND) courses
View North Hertfordshire College's Springboard (SEND) courses
Supported Studies Tel: 01462 424 242
Mainstream Additional Learning Support Tel: 01462 424 363
West Herts College
View West Herts College's courses
Enquiries Foundation Studies Tel: 01923 812521 / 01923 812526
Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Learning Support Tel: 01923 812371