The Valley School opened in 1991. It is a secondary special school for pupils aged 11-16 with autism, speech and language communication needs and learning difficulties.
Most pupils enter the school at the beginning of Year 7 or later if there are places. All pupils admitted to the school have a statement of special educational need or Education, Health and Care Plan although the school does not make the final decisions about pupils admissions. Prospective parents are welcome to visit the school by arrangement.
Pupils are taught in small groups for all subjects. The school follows the national curriculum and delivers subjects at a level and pace designed to meet the needs of the pupils.
The school welcomes parental involvement and parents should feel free to contact the school if they wish to discuss issues concerning their child. Annual reports are issued during the academic year and parental consultation evenings are held for each year group to coincide with this. In addition to this, all parents are invited to attend an annual review of statement meeting with their child’s teacher. The purpose of that meeting is to review the child’s statement and agree the educational targets for the next year. In line with new legislation, statements will gradually be converted to an Education Health and Care Plan and conversion meetings will be arranged in due course to complete this process by April 2018 for all pupils at the school. Parents and carers will be supported and guided throughout this process.
The Valley School is situated to the south of Stevenage on the A602, the Hertford Road. North Herts. College operates a small transition course for pupils aged 16-18 on the site. The school backs onto the Fairlands Valley Park, an attractive local open area.