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A very successful school, a particular feat given the fact that it is totally non-selective. A positive learning environment for hard-working girls and sixth form of both sexes, striking a balance between traditional values and a modern approach to individual attainment. Positive and authoritative, [head's] manner is relaxed, though you feel she can be...

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What the school says...

Herts & Essex offers a blend of tradition and modernity which enables its students to achieve excellent results in an environment which fosters a sense of responsibility and promotes leadership skills.

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Special Education Needs

There is a whole school approach to Special Educational Needs at the Hertfordshire & Essex High School. All staff have a role to play in the development and well being of all students. The school and staff have considerable experience in dealing with a variety of educational, physical and behavioural needs. The needs of students are met in various ways: in-class support, with a Teaching Assistant who can focus on students with difficulties; specialist resources where appropriate; differentiation of tasks in class and homework; small group or individual work, where appropriate, allowing for practice or alternative or expanded explanations; short withdrawal courses during the school day, to support development in literacy or numeracy; a literacy development option in place of learning a second modern language in Years 8 and 9; additional work experience and/or vocational courses at Key Stage 4; links with other secondary schools in the area who offer short courses for Gifted and Talented pupils; supported homework club twice a week; paired reading programme for pupils in Years 7 and 8; buddy system for year 7; behaviour support programmes. Individual Learning Plans are reviewed termly and close contact is kept with parents. The Additional Educational Needs Manager is always available to talk to parents by appointment and attends all parent consultation evenings. On entering the school all year 7 students are assessed by means of the NFER Cognitive Ability Tests and by various literacy and numeracy assessments. This ensures that pupils who need additional support or access to different resources have their academic needs met. All assessment data is made available to all staff such that planning can take into consideration the range of needs of the class. Monitoring and assessment of pupils with additional educational needs continues throughout their school career. Access arrangements for exams are assessed early and wherever possible, exam board permission permitting, special arrangements are made, and pupils given time, and training in using these arrangements effectively. All staff have a commitment to differentiation and the development of literacy across the curriculum. There are opportunities throughout each year for staff to share good classroom practice and to discuss teaching and learning.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
BESD - Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulty
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
Visual Impairment

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