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Who do you want to be?

Discover your future with our Springboard programmes

What does Springboard provide?

Springboard is for you if you’re aged 16-24 and have been diagnosed with/have traits of an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and associated emotional, behavioural and mental health needs.  You may also have low confidence or self-esteem, social anxiety or have underachieved or missed time at school – and you may have a learning difficulty in one area but a high ability in others.

Springboard is a full-time course that will provide you with the support, knowledge, skills and confidence you need to become more independent, make informed decisions and to progress to employment.

You’ll need to meet assessment criteria in order to join Springboard, however, your individual needs will always be considered when making decisions to help you realise your full potential. The course is delivered in self-contained teaching centres in Letchworth and Watford.

  • Specialist teachers and learning support staff
  • Small teaching groups and regular progress reviews
  • Experienced therapists
  • Intensive individual mentoring, parental liaison and support group
  • Collaboration with specialist agencies
  • Effective transition arrangements

We're Outstanding!

We’re thrilled that in November 2017 Ofsted confirmed that courses delivered by North Hertfordshire College (NHC) and Hart Learning and Development (Hart L&D) are Good with Outstanding features.

What’s more, Ofsted confirmed that our Springboard students benefit from Outstanding provision at NHC – meaning a very high proportion of our Springboard students excel and gain highly effective independent living skills. Among the many highlights, the Ofsted report confirmed that:

  • Our Springboard course helps students gain independent living skills and prepare them for what they want to do next – whether that’s an apprenticeship, a job or further learning.
  • Our Springboard students benefit from well-planned and meaningful work experience.
  • Our Springboard course helps our students gain confidence in every day, real-life situations within their local community and in the workplace.
  • Our incredible Springboard tutors help our students gain confidence and tailor courses to meet each student’s individual, diverse and often complex need.

How To Apply

Your referral to Springboard can be made via Youth Connexions (YC), any other agency involved with you or by your parents or carers. To join Springboard, you’ll need a successful funding application from your local authority.


We have been shortlisted for the prestigious Tes Specialist Provider of the year award 2020. Read more.

For two years running, we have been awarded commended status for the RCU Beacon Award for Support for Students in 2018/19 and 2019/20.

Our Centres

  • Springboard Watford: Unit 8 Wilmington House, Wilmington Close, Watford, WD18 0FQ. Telephone:  01923 630408.
  • Springboard Letchworth: Letchworth Town Hall, Broadway, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 3BX. Telephone: 01438 728938.

Hertfordshire Local Offer

Hertfordshire County Council have put together a local offer containing information and resources for people with special educational needs and disabilities in Hertfordshire. Please click here to find it.

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The Springboard Course

  • Personal and social development
  • Independence
  • Qualifications
  • Employability and work experience
  • Citizenship
  • Progression planning
  • Enrichment
  • Vocational tasters

Specialist Therapy and Mentoring

  • Dramatherapy
  • Specialist mentoring
“I feel I have now gained the confidence and maturity to move on from Springboard to my new course at college. Springboard has been the best thing that has happened to me in the last year.”

Springboard Student