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The KS3 Centre, Outreach Centre and the KS4 Learning Centre are situated on two sites in Potters Bar. We provide educational programmes to support pupils who live in Welwyn, Hatfield and Hertsmere Double District and who are 'at serious risk' of permanent exclusion or who have been permanently excluded from their mainstream school.

We pride ourselves in providing a warm and friendly centre with a very clear and structured behaviour policy. Our vision and core purpose is to meet the needs of our young people, support them with their learning and to prepare them for living an independent and purposeful life through a broad, balanced curriculum and good quality teaching, care and guidance. Programmes offered by The Park ESC.

At KS3 the focus of our onsite work is to re-engage the pupils with their learning and reintegrate them into a mainstream school setting. We also have an outreach team that works closely with all of our primary and secondary partner schools in supporting the management of pupils who in their lives are experiencing emotional and social challenges that are impacting on their attainment and behaviour.

At KS4 we provide an alternative provision for young people where it is acknowledged that a mainstream school setting is not meeting their needs. They have a variety of learning pathways to follow, which include an academic route with an offer of 8½ GCSEs and a vocational route with an offer of Entry Level, Level 1 and 2 qualifications.

In December 2014 we were inspected by Ofsted and were delighted to be graded ‘Outstanding’.  An Outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs.  This ensures that pupils are very well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or employment. 
The reports quotes:-

  • Students’ achievement is outstanding because teaching is of a very high quality and the curriculum is matched exceptionally well to their needs
  • The Headteacher provides inspirational leadership and has consistently driven improvement since the last inspection.  As a consequence, achievement and teaching are outstanding
  • The Headteacher receives excellent support from the centre leaders and together they set high expectations for both staff and students.  All staff are highly committed to the centre’s work and teamwork is highly effective

Congratulations to my whole staff team for their continued hard work which has resulted in such a high accolade.

As a learning environment, we have always been focused on achievement, both for staff and pupils and were the first PRU to gain the Investors In People (IIP) Standard.

We were the first ESC in Hertfordshire and the second PRU in the Country to achieve the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Mark, have been awarded the ICT Excellence Award and the English Speaking Board Recognised Centre Award.

Much of our success is built upon our strong partnerships with all our partner schools and other services but more importantly, with our young people and their parents and carers.





KS3 - Outreach
Field View Road
Potters Bar
Tel: 01707 651691
Fax: 01707 861029

Miss Julie Porter

KS4 Learning Centre
High Street
Potters Bar
Tel: 01707 346170
Fax: 01707 346173
eSafety & Safeguarding is a high priority at The Park ESC
and our Whole School Community

This Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers,
visitors and outside agencies to share this commitment. As part of our safeguarding policy if you are visiting the Centre you will be
required to show some ID to reception staff unless you are already known to them. Please have this ready when you arrive.

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