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Archive (September 2013 - December 2013)

This page contains archive documentation in relation to setting up of ' Herts for Learning Ltd' a schools company limited by shares:

View also the Archive News and Documents (June 2012 - August 2013)

Season’s Greetings from all at Herts for Learning

Hfl Christmas treeAt this time of the year we usually reflect on how quickly the year has passed - and at Herts for Learning we can't believe how quickly our first four months as a new Schools Company has flown by!

We have had a very busy few months with increased demand for some services and with many suggestions for themes that you would like us to investigate or offer in the future.  Our priorities are to make sure we provide you with high quality and good value services, so please continue to give us honest and constructive feedback. 

We look forward to continuing to provide your school improvement and business services throughout 2014 and wish you all the best for an enjoyable and restful Christmas break.

Best wishes,

Jan Paine
Managing Director - Herts for Learning Ltd





Shareholders celebrate the launch of the UK’s largest Schools Company

Shareholders from Hertfordshire schools gathered on Tuesday 10th September to celebrate the launch of Herts for Learning Ltd (HfL), the UK’s largest Schools Company, which commenced trading on 1st September 2013.

The event, which took place at St. Mary’s High School in Cheshunt, included guests from the 483 Hertfordshire schools that have already bought a share in the new company, HfL staff, Hertfordshire County Councillors and Senior Officers, and Her Majesty’s Inspectors from Ofsted.

Guest speaker Sarah Wren MBE, Chief Executive of Hertfordshire Community Meals, shared her own experiences of developing a successful social enterprise in Hertfordshire and wished Herts for Learning well in their new venture.

Gabz and students from St LukesSimon Balle School Big Band

Entertainment was provided by pupils from Hertfordshire schools including the Simon Balle School Big Band from Hertford and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Gabz Gardiner, from the Nobel School in Stevenage.  Students from St. Luke’s Foundation School in Redbourn were also in attendance, interviewing guests and making a video and radio recording of the event to be posted on the HfL website.

Jan Paine, Managing Director of Herts for LearningHfL’s Managing Director, Jan Paine, said: “Since joining the company in May 2013, I have been delighted with the support and commitment shown by staff, the Board, schools and the council to ensure that the business was ready to successfully transfer over to Herts for Learning on 1st September.  Today’s event has been a wonderful opportunity to recognise and celebrate the hard work that has gone into making this innovative venture possible.”
“HfL is very proud to be owned by our schools and I was pleased to see so many of our shareholders attending the launch event today.  I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with Hertfordshire schools and developing new services that support their ongoing and future needs, whilst raising standards of achievement.”

Herts for Learning is a not for profit company limited by shares, owned 80% by schools and 20% by Hertfordshire County Council. Developed from Hertfordshire Local Authority’s education services, the company is now owned and is directly accountable to schools.

Dedicated to raising standards and improving teaching and learning, HfL provides a wide range of flexible, high quality teaching, learning, leadership and business support to schools and education settings.

The company is governed by a Board of Directors, which includes two Council nominated officers and six headteachers and governors, who were elected directly by shareholding schools.

John Grubb, Chair of the Board of Directors, cuts the cakeGabz Gardiner with Jan PaineStudents from St Lukes Foundation School



Herts for Learning - The UK’s Largest Schools Company Launches in Hertfordshire

Ensuring the continuation of valued school improvement services to Hertfordshire schools Herts for Learning Ltd, the UK’s largest schools company, launched on 1st September 2013.

Herts for Learning (HfL) provides an exciting and innovative approach to delivering school improvement services, building on the excellent relationships between the local authority and Hertfordshire schools whilst firmly placing accountability and ownership of services with schools themselves. 

HfL is a not for profit company, owned by schools and the council; providing a wide range of school improvement and business support services.  92% (482) of Hertfordshire schools have already bought a share in the new company and the County Council have a 20% shareholding. 

The company is governed by a Board of Directors, which includes two Council nominated officers and six headteachers and governors, who were elected directly by shareholding schools.

Jan Paine, Managing Director of Herts for Learning, said “Our vision for Herts for Learning is to be the company of choice to support schools and settings in ensuring every child has access to a great education, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.

“HfL is entirely committed to working in partnership with schools, the local authority and other providers to deliver a wide range of high quality services that provide the necessary support and challenge to continuously improve learning outcomes for all children and young people in Hertfordshire and beyond.”

HfL will deliver a wide range of school improvement and business support services to schools and settings, including:

  • school improvement advice and consultancy
  • training and development programmes
  • Hertfordshire school improvement partner (HIP) programme
  • Hertfordshire Internet and Connectivity Service (HICS)
  • Schools’ HR
  • Financial Services for Schools (FSS)
  • Governance
  • School IT Systems Support (SITSS)


And provide specific support for:

  • headteacher development
  • leadership and management
  • newly qualified teachers
  • teaching and learning
  • curriculum development
  • assessment
  • BME achievement
  • SEND / AGT achievement
  • pupil health and wellbeing


The company has also been commissioned to provide a range of statutory school improvement services on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council.

For more information please visit the HfL website at:

Herts for Learning Board of Directors - July 2013

Herts for Learning Board of Directors