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Katherine Warington School

In March 2015 the government gave the go-ahead to a proposal for a fourth Secondary School in Harpenden put together by Harpenden Secondary Schools Trust (HSST), whose members are Roundwood Park, Sir John Lawes Schools, St George’s School, The University of Hertfordshire and Rothamsted Research.  The new school is intended to meet the signifcant shortfall of secondary school places which is predicted to occur in Harpenden in the next few years.

The aim of the school is to provide the highest quality teaching and learning to meet the needs and expectations of the Harpenden Community.  It will be a will be a modern school with traditional core values and will provide a curriculum will based upon the traditional academic values and best practice of the existing three schools

The school will be fully comprehensive, non-selective and non-denominational and all admissions will be managed by Hertfordshire County Council under their own policies and procedures.

In January 2016 Hertfordshire County Council successfully secured the site for the new school, which will be located on the land adjacent to Lower Luton Road and Common Lane. 

In May 2017 the name and logo of the new school was revealed as the Katherine Warington School after the scientist who lived in Harpenden for 90 years and pioneered research into the beneficial impact of boron and boric acid on plant and bean fertility during her working life at Rothamsted Research.

Tony Smith, Deputy Headteacher of Roundwood Park School has been appointed the Founding Headteacher of Katherine Warington School. 

In February 2018 planning consent was granted by Herts County Council for construction of the school and in March 2018 the Secretary of State gave the go-ahead. Keir has been approved by the ESFA as the lead contractor for the school.  They will lead on the design and planning and construction of the new school.

In late March 2018 the after evaluating whether it would be possible to open the school for September 2018, the decision was taken to defer the opening of the school. The school is now planning to take it's first intake of Year 7 pupils in September 2019.  

Permission for a Judcial Review of the planning decision made by Herts County Council was lodged by local interest group Right School Right Place at the end of April.  The Judicial Review found in favour of the school.  A request to appeal this decision was lodged, but this was not upheld and in September 2018 it was announced that the school can proceed without any further legal intervention.

We will keep you posted with all the latest news as and when it happens but you can find out more on the Katherine Warington School website.