News and Events

You can catch the latest news from our autumn term in our Outcomes Autumn 2018 newsletter:

Construction company BAM are hosting a summer school from 22nd-25th July where Year 10 and 11 pupils can gain a CREST Bronze Award in Sustainable Communities. If this is of interest, please read the PDF below for more details, including how to apply before the 30th April deadline:

2018 News
The Collett School, Warner Bros and Reliance Group was voted by The Careers & Enterprise Company as the Innovative Partnership of the Year for 2018 in the East and South East! Providing outstanding careers support for young people is always our main objective, so it is fantastic to get recognition for the all the hard we have achieved in developing our school and engaging with local businesses and the community at large. Thanks go of course to our esteemed supporters Warner Bros and Reliance Group for the unbelievable dedication they have shown to our school – we are always humbled by your selflessness!


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There is always ability in disability. Our horsebox café project will help spread awareness of this in our local community. Here's a viral clip from the US where an autistic barista danced his way into the hearts of millions!

Oaklands College

For more information about Oaklands College Event Dates and Open Evenings, click the PDFs below:

West Herts College

Below is a PDF of the college calendar for the 2018-19 academic year:

Dacorum Schools Careers Fair


Job Centre Beds & Herts

Herts SEND Local Offer your one-stop shop for information, support, services and activities available for children and young people with special educational needs, and their families.

The Herts County Council 'Big Plan' for those with learning difficulties is available below:

Discover more with this presentation, which contains information for parents and carers of young people with SEN. It sets out specific learning pathways that are available for such students when they leave school and are considering going to one of the four FE colleges in Hertfordshire:

Herts Carer Trainees

Apply today if you are looking to kickstart a career in social care:

Gatsby Benchmark

The Gatsby Benchmark is a nationally recognised system developed by The Careers & Enterprise Company used to evaluate how schools are helping their students transition to the workplace.

See how well our work experience programme works under the Gatsby Benchmark standards by clicking on the links below:
Gatsby Benchmark, May 2018
Gatsby Benchmark, December 2017

As of our May 2018 results, The Collett School has hit 100% in Benchmark 3 (Addressing the needs of each pupil), Benchmark 5 (Encounters with employers & employees), Benchmark 6 (Experiences of workplaces), and Benchmark 8 (Personal guidance).

For more information on the Gatsby Benchmark please visit their website or read their toolkit:

The World of Work and Employability

We ensure our pupils are prepared for the world of work through effectively managed work experience placements, extended work experience and informed choices Post 16.

We Undertake Mock Interviews

All the pupils at The Collett School undertake mock interviews. When attending Work Experience, we also arrange interviews for pupils to undertake.

Staff from Warner Bros Studios Leavesden visit us on site to conduct some of these interviews once Year 10 and 11 students have had practice. In 2018, these staff members said, on the basis of four applicants, these students would have been employed!

Strategic Development of Pupils' Employment and Work

Lower School
  • Learning about people who do different jobs
  • Role Play
  • Travel training
  • Learning about time - future and history

Middle School
  • Learning about careers and types of employment
  • Embarking on self evaluation
  • Being taught about jobs and careers
  • Travel training
  • Time and relevance to the individual and others
  • PSD - personal presentation and hygiene
  • Transferable communication skills and how we communicate to different people in different roles
  • Societal expectations

Upper School
  • Making decisions on types of work and careers that interest them and
  • Experiencing work
  • Reflection on skills and refinement of thinking through CV writing to present themselves effectively
  • Creating a portfolio of skills and business enterprise activities to take to interviews
  • Doing things to find out about jobs and careers e.g. college placements, job centre visits, job searches, research
  • Mock interviews
  • Undertaking applications
  • Money
  • Learning about tax, salaries, insurances, bills, credit and debit
  • Travel training

Activities Undertaken to Advance Employability

We Attend Careers Skills and Fairs
We attend careers fairs, World Skills at the Excel Centre, NEC Skills Show and DESC job's fair in February each year. The World Skills fair at Excel Centre has a great website for further information.

We Have Careers Talks
We use Amazing Apprenticeships to do talks in school and Central London Careers Hub to access information and talks to our pupils about opportunities. This is for Year 9 pupils and upwards.

Barclays Life Skills are one of the employment career sites we regularly use.

National Careers Service offers information and support and, we also use Careers Box and the Apprenticeships website.

Warner Bros. Studios, based in Leavesden, are closely associated with our school. Other than helping us through fundraising efforts, Warner Bros. are dedicated to providing work experience opportunities for our students and sending staff to give talks on their career paths, be it in retail on the shop floor, PR or operations.

During our Careers Week in 2018, many other people from different professions came in to present their work:
>Dacorum Borough Council's Environmental Officer, Holly Butterworth
>London Fire Brigade Firefighter, Mark Sewell
>School Chef, Tracey Bowlzer
>Caretaker, Mr Vaughan

We have had visits from other companies, workshops and fairs, including:
>Metrobank workshops
>Milton Keynes Careers Fair
>Youth Mentoring Programme
>Little Thatched Roof Company
>'Pre-Apprenticeship in Social Care' by Chantelle Nolte
>Will Lee, Wood Carver
>Kelly Fox, Donkey Sanctuary Leader
>Carrie Gohl, Horse Care

We Have CV Workshops
On our Link Course with College, pupils complete a CV and reflect on their experiences.

Kooth is a good free online website for support and counseling. and the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) supports young engineers and scientists across the UK. Our project with Airbus and North Herts College took greater shape in 2017.

Mentoring with an Employer
This happens on an individual level with pupils looking to work in particular industries. We find this helpful for the pupils to develop a wider understanding of the specifics of jobs and engage the child in an area of their own interest.

One-on-one mentoring has seen different companies giving up their time to help our students plan their future and give them opportunities and skills that are transferable to the workplace. In 2018, this moved from two to five students. Four more started in September.

Enterprise Activities
Our mobile café is operational at school as of 2017, and is taken out to other partnerships. We do this as our own in-house work experience and development of pupils' understanding of small business enterprises. We have also undertaken several Young Enterprise schemes. More information on Young Enterprise is obtainable from the Young Enterprise website.

Enterprise Competitions
We have been involved in several enterprise competitions, including being part of the winning Prince's Trust National Awards programme in 2015. We also won the Dacorum Dragon's Apprentice Challenge enterprise competition in 2016.

Quality encounters with an employer:
Work experience and the experience of work programmes by The Collett School are designed to ensure a genuine and quality encounter with an employer. We seek to match employers with our pupils carefully to ensure the experience is enriching for both parties. These experiences are with local, national and international employers. We are always looking to support placements and welcome any suggested contacts. Please email us with any contacts, which we will follow up:

It is the school's ambition to support Apprenticeships, providing support for employers and students from The Collett School.

Hertfordshire's Further Education Colleges are:
West Herts College
Oaklands College
North Hertfordshire College
Herts Regional College

The Collett School works with West Herts, Oaklands and North Hertfordshire colleges each week and throughout the school year.

College Link and Work Experience

Pupils attend link courses at our local colleges of further education, giving them the opportunity to experience education in a different environment and to promote the values of learning as young adults. Here pupils learn alongside others with special needs and mainstream students. They spend either an extended morning or afternoon at college for a term to have comparative experiences. The programme is designed to meet a range of learning difficulties and include: preparation for work, basic skills, ICT, media, creative arts and life skills. The purpose of our link courses is also to build the pupils’ confidence in attending college as an intended destination beyond schooling.

Experience of College
Pupils take part in a weekly session at either West Herts College or Oaklands College from Year 9 or 10. This gives them the opportunity to experience the college environment and to become familiar with the courses and opportunities that colleges offer.

In Year 8 (and soon to be Year 7) we have sessions in college including one where their parents/carers are invited to attend in order to develop thinking around the pupils' onward progression and focus the mind in determining their own futures.

Transitions at 16 years old to Colleges of Further Education
Youth Connexions forms part of Hertfordshire County Council’s Services for Young People, and is a service that aims to provide information, advice, guidance, support and personal development opportunities for 13-19 year olds (up to 25 years for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities).

Here is our transition plan for West Herts College:

...and our transition plan for Oaklands College:

Connexions are involved with pupils and their families prior to the end of the statutory school age. Personal Advisers may attend annual reviews and where possible the Connexions Personal Adviser visit the school before the annual review to discuss future career prospects for a particular child. While a pupil displays particular skills or aptitudes, which may lead to employment, every avenue is explored to ensure that the pupil receives appropriate support. This may take the form of attending a variety of enterprises through a Work Experience scheme. The post school placement of a pupil is selected after careful discussions with the parents, Social Worker, Connexions Personal Adviser, and Health Authority representative.

  • Each pupil has a Transition Plan, which sets out the ideas and actions for post school provision.

Work experience is an integral part of the vocational learning followed by pupils in Years 10, 11 (and currently Year 12). Our vocational courses support the child’s broad and balanced curriculum that seeks to broaden pupils’ interests and engagement with the world of work. All pupils are encouraged to make an informed choice of their work experience placement. They each have an opportunity to undertake some community experience or sheltered placements that culminate in the chance to secure a longer placement – these are sometimes paid part-time employment opportunities. We also create extended work experience placements where this is appropriate, meaning children attend work placements to gain work and life skills, whilst undertaken supported programmes of study across work and school.

See The World of Work and Employability section above for more details on the colleges we are linked with and other experience activities we offer.

Post 16

Post 16 Study at The Collett School is part of a collaborative partnership with West Herts College to create a 5-day provision for students with particular vulnerabilities.

What happens on a Post-16 Transition programme with Collett and WHC?

Our two provisions are combined to produce a holistic experience for the individual.

The programme is devised to support pupils leaving LD school provision into college. As such, spending two days with Collett and three days with West Herts College supports the young person transitioning between the two environments and celebrates their embarkation into adulthood.

At The Collett School, we continue to build on the young person's academic progress achieved over their formative years. The focus is on functional skills accreditation to maximize their understanding of functional literacy, functional numeracy and functional IT. We also work to support the young person's engagement in other curriculum areas, notably PE, Travel Training and cookery.

In supporting the young person's transition between school and college are WHC Teaching Assistants who are with them across both venues and across the five day provision. Outstanding, qualified teachers lead the learning in both environments to ensure a personalized and yet, holistic approach to their learning needs are effectively met.

Post 16 CAPPS

Post-16 CAPPS are tailored to the needs of our students, linking and following progress made during KS4. CAPPS is used to effectively baseline students joining us from other schools. Post-16 CAPPS has been created to match our relevant and purposeful curriculum of examination functional skills and the functional life skills that include cooking and travel training.

We have recently extended our CAPPS to specifically cater for our 2 day functional skills provision at Post-16. Everything we do during this time is geared towards our pupils functioning as independently as possible in daily life: our new tailored assessment reflects this in conjunction with the external accreditation we offer.

Post 16 Medium Term Plans

Success Stories!

Former Head Girl, Rose, has gone on to achieve so much since she left The Collett School.

Read on to find out more (December 2017):

Ryan left our school for further education. Now in the summer of 2018, at 21, he is finishing his NVQ Level 3 in Public Services and hoping to into the Prison Service once his results are in. Mum and family are incredibly proud - and so are we!

After our Ability in Disability event at Warner Bros Leavesden Studios in May 2018, a local mother of a young person with special needs who had attended the event sent a wonderful email to our senior staff. The message can be read in this PDF: