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  • Autism Accreditation Specialist Award

    Published 10/03/23

    Following a three day assessment of our practice back in January 2023. We are pleased to share the report with you. 

    There were some lovely comments from the assessor I will share just one - 'outcomes for young people at Roman Fields are exceptional.' 

    Thanks to all our stakeholders for their continued support. 

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  • World Book Day

    Published 02/03/23


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  • Careers Trip to Tesco

    Published 03/02/23


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  • Staff Survey January 2023

    Published 02/02/23

    At the start of every year our colleagues are asked to complete an anonymous staff survey, which we are happy to share please click the link here

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  • James Marks Academy opening soon

    Published 01/02/23

    We are delighted to announce that the Secretary of State for Education has approved the opening of the James Marks Academy from September 2023. Initially the JMA will open on the Roman Fields site for just 20 pupils, as a temporary arrangement. When the brand new purpose built school in Welwyn is ready in September 2024, these pupils will be transferred to their new site, where they will join others. Our thanks to all stakeholders for their support. 

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  • Section 10 Consultation Outcome Report

    Published 20/01/23

    The Section 10 Consultation is now closed and the subsequent report is ready for all stakeholders to view. Please click here to view report. 

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  • National Archives Trip​​​​​​​

    Published 10/01/23


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  • Christmas Jumper Day

    Published 09/12/22

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  • Children In Need

    Published 18/11/22


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    Published 18/11/22

    Please note this consultation does not relate to any building, or planning applications surrounding the new school; it is solely to consult on support, or otherwise for the Trust to enter into a Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State for Education to run the James Marks Academy.

    This consultation is in two parts:

    1. The temporary opening of the James Marks Academy, on Roman Fields existing site, in Hemel Hempstead, with a reduced number of pupils (20) for one academic year, until the brand new building in Welwyn is ready to occupy, in September 2024.
    2. The opening of the James Marks Academy (special free school) in its purpose built substantive new home in Welwyn, to 35 pupils in 2024, rising to 60 pupils when capacity has been reached, some two years later.

    This is an important step in the journey of our small Trust. We are looking forward to hearing your view.

    We are keen to ensure that we deliver a school that meets an identified need and serves its pupil and families well. The school is intended for those pupils between the ages of 11-18, with high anxiety and mental health needs, for whom a traditional SEMH school would be deemed inappropriate.

    Please note that the online questionnaire is now closed

    Background to the Consultation

    In 2019 Herts county council wrote a proposal for a new free school, to meet the increasing demand for school places, for growing numbers of pupils with high anxiety, and social communication difficulties, whose needs meant they were not accessing school. The proposal to open a free school in Herts, for these pupils was approved by the DfE. A specification followed, which better identified the needs of the intended pupil cohort, for those parties interested in running the school. Roman Fields subsequently submitted a comprehensive bid, and after a rigorous process, approval was given to run the new school.

    To enable us take up this challenge we became an Academy Trust in April 2021. The James Marks Academy Trust was therefore formed. Forest House Education centre (SLA) joined the Trust in September 2022.

    The free school has been delayed for a plethora of reasons, and is now due to open in September 2024. As a result, the pupil demand which was already significant, is growing further still. We therefore intend to open the free school, the James Marks Academy on our existing site, Roman Fields in September 2023, before transferring to our brand new purpose built building when it is ready for occupation, in September 2024. The location for the new school is The commons, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 4DD, which was a former HCC office site.

    Please take the opportunity to browse our website which we hope will support you to make an informed judgement. For Quick access to more information click on these links:

    Why is the Trust and the new academy named after James Marks?

    Admission Guidance

    Central Policies

    School Policies

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