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Due to the recent adverse weather, and subsequent disruption to travel and health and safety risks to students we have made the decision to close the school on Monday 11th of December. 

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  • ‘The commitment, dedication and enthusiasm you and your staff show in working with young people at DESC is clear’

    Maggie Atkinson. Children’s Commissioner for England

  • ‘Students’ achievement is outstanding. They catch up quickly because teaching is outstanding, and their attendance, behaviour and personal development improve sharply.’

    Ofsted 2013

  • ‘Stonkingly Outstanding’

    Ofsted Inspector 2013

  • ‘I have found it refreshing to feel so positive about the service offered by DESC.’

    Mrs Christine Hall. Headteacher- Broadfield Primary School.

  • ‘I wouldn’t be doing so well if it wasn’t for all the staff at DESC, helping me for so long… I hope you’re doing well and proud of yourself for not giving up on people like me, you are all so amazing.

    Kerrie Backhouse, Student

  • ‘…thank you for believing in me’…

    Sophie, Student

  • ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being there for Tommy. Tommy has achieved a lot this year and grown in confidence, I believe this is down to the hard work and dedication of the staff at DESC.’

    Debbie Kerwin, Parent

  • When a vision becomes a reality the results can be extraordinary. This is DESC.

    Mark Watkin, County Councillor

  • “The judgement of outstanding means that you are exceptional and significant elements of your work are exemplary”

    Sir Michael Wilshaw (Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector)

  • “Students’ achievement is outstanding”

    Ofsted Jan 2013

  • “This is the Rolls Royce model of PRUs”

    Justin Donovan (Former Director of Education, Herts)

  • “I am so sad for leaving”

    Natasha Year 11

  • “I am really inspired by the centre and the work it does”

    Alternative provider

  • “Simply inspirational. This is how education should be for all learners”

    Tim Cook (PRU Headteacher)

  • “The young people at DESC are very fortunate to have such dedicated staff and great facilities”

    Malcolm Leigh (Integration Manager)

  • “You can really feel the warmth and the positive relationships with the young people”

    Constantine Marks (BTEC Verifier)

  • “A great learning environment”

    Graham Cunningham (Headteacher)

  • What an inspiring and optimistic place DESC is!

    Rhona Saviour (Her Majesties Inspectorate)

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Hemel Hempstead
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Washington Avenue
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