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Alternative Provision Courses

Our Offer

Chessbrook ESC provides schools with access to quality alternative provision within South West Hertfordshire. We work with our providers to ensure they offer outstanding provision where students have access to accredited courses to ensure they are successful at Key Stage 4.  Alongside our Key Stage 4 programme, we run a focused programmes for Key Stage 3 students. These are in the form of 12 week courses which help re-focus, motivate and engage students in positive learning experiences. Students who access alternative provision will remain on roll at their mainstream school. During their time with us, we report on attendance (daily) and achievement (half termly). More information about what we offer can be found within our brochure which can be viewed using the link below. 

Quality Assurance

As part of our service, we quality assure all of our providers to ensure they meet our high standards around safeguarding, health and safety and the courses in which they deliver. We also provide annual training to all staff who work at our provisions to ensure they have the relevant training and guidance on how to successfully work with our students. On a daily basis, our staff visits each provision to check in with the students. During this visit they will complete a short report that records what the students were learning and any action points. This information is then used to feedback to our schools so they are kept in the loop with regards to behaviour, engagement and progress. 


Quality Education 

Each half term, our providers are asked to complete a report on each student which is shared with the students, parents and their school. This documents what qualification the student is working towards and what they need to do in order to improve. At the end of each term, providers nominate their 'Student of the Term' for students who have gone above and beyond. Those students receive a certificate and a reward for their achievements. 


How to refer a student for Alternative Provision

For schools wishing to refer students to one of courses, please use the links below and make a referral using our online referral form. To accompany this, we require signed consent from the parent/carer. This can be downloaded using the link below. Once completed please email to

Once we have received your referral form and the signed consent form, we'll process this and then confirm a start date with you.

For further information or any queries on the referral process please contact Monika Janas on 01923 212025. If you wish to discuss a specific need, please contact Harry Lock on 01923 212025 or by email  

For all AP enquiries and referrals, please email: 

Courses cannot be reserved and will only be confirmed on receipt of a fully completed online referral form AND a signed consent form. Please ensure this is completed in full. We can only accept scanned PDF copies of these and will not accept partially completed forms or photographs. 


Work Experience - Yr 10 & 11 

Working in partnership with Services for Young People, we can arrange work experience placements for students as part of our alternative provision offer. If you would like to put a student forward for work experience, please click here to download the work experience form. Once completed, please email to - Please note we are unable to source work placements until this paperwork is returned. You will also need to complete a referral for alternative provision. (If a student already is doing other AP courses and you have already completed this for those courses, you will not need to complete one) 

Placement can take up to six weeks to source but once a placement has been sourced, we will support with an interview which will take place with Services for Young People. Following this the student will attend an interview with the employer prior to starting their placement. Each week, Chessbrook will visit to check on progress, engagement and well-being. 


If you would like to get any further information on work experience placements please contact Gemma Fox - 

Virtual Curriculum

At Chessbrook ESC, we also offer a virtual based curriculum through TUTE. This is an online platform in which students can access live lessons taught by a teacher virtually.

To make a referral, please use the link below. For timetables, please refer to the AP brochure. 

For all TUTE enquiries and referrals, please email: