The Hemel Hempstead Experience

The HHEx allows all of our students to be, not seem to be. Esse Quam Videri.


“The curriculum is everything: the whole experience; what it is to be a part of the community at The Hemel Hempstead School. It is The Hemel Hempstead Experience”.


Please explore this website to find out more about The Hemel Hempstead Experience. We use this site to share and celebrate the wide range of opportunities and activities that are available for our students.

All students are expected to keep an active record of their HHEx participation on hhex.netlify.app. This is our custom website that was created by one of our students. We use this to monitor, adapt and improve our Personal Development provision so that all students benefit from the wide range of opportunities and experiences available.

Personal Development and Character Development - The HHEx.


Our 'Personal Development' provision is the wide, rich set of experiences that all of our students are entitled to as part of their curriculum - it is The HHEx! This includes a wide range of clubs & activities, house events, student leadership, our careers programme, trips visits & events and community & charity work.


In our 2021/22 SEDP we judged our Personal Development provision as 'Outstanding'. Opportunities are coherently planned and consistently promoted and we go beyond to ensure there is a strong take up and disadvantaged students consistently benefit.


All students record their participation in The HHEx on a website (hhex.netlify.app). Data is analysed to monitor participation and modify provision to ensure all students consistently benefit. This was identified by Herts For Learning as an area of outstanding practice and published in Volume 3 of their Great Expectations Programme.

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'Pupils understand and follow leaders’ vision of the ‘Hemel Hempstead experience’, which provides pupils with many opportunities to improve their personal development. Pupils lead in many areas of school life. For instance, pupils manage the library and the basketball team. All pupils are encouraged to take part in activities. For example, the most disadvantaged pupils get golf lessons and go to the opera.


The curriculum is effective in improving pupils’ personal development. Leaders ensure that all pupils are well prepared for their next steps and to be successful in the wider world. During the pandemic, leaders have ensured pupils still get opportunities to widen their experiences. Parents praise the considerable range of opportunities their children receive'.


Oftsed, October 2021