Welcome to Katherine Warington School
Welcome to the website for the Katherine Warington School. The secondary school will be a fourth school for Harpenden and it is being set up by a partnership of the existing three secondary schools, the University of Hertfordshire and Rothamsted Research (who together form the Trust). The Governors of the three existing schools, having taken increased numbers over the last decade, decided that it was not feasible nor desirable for the current schools to continually expand. The solution was to put a proposal to the Education Funding Agency to commission a new secondary school. Hertfordshire County Council agreed to purchase the land for the school. And that brings us to where we are now – the proposal has a project manager, a full set of governors, accountants and lawyers driving it forward. The site is bought (subject to the purchaser triggering the acquisition, which can be with or without planning approval). The Department for Education(DfE) has approved the deferral of the opening of the school to September 2018, and the EFSA (formerly EFA) and Treasury have approved the full capital funding for construction of the school. The capital funding is subject to planning permission, at which point the EFSA would enter into a contract with Kier to construct the school.
Please take some time to have a look around the website. It is slowly being populated with information as events unfold. As we get closer to opening, the site will carry regular updates on the build, uniform, staff recruitment, curriculum and more.
Philip Waters – Chair
I am the project manager for Katherine Warington School. This takes up some of my time. For the rest I am Deputy Head and Director of Operations at Roundwood Park School. Before teaching I ran my own businesses focusing on start ups in the media and marketing sector. If you’d like to find out a little more about the other members of the Trust, please go to the ‘About Us’ section of the website.
As the Katherine Warington School project moves forward, I will post new developments as they happen.
Founding Headteacher Appointment
Harpenden Secondary Education Trust proudly announces the appointment of the founding Headteacher of the Katherine Warington School. The successful applicant is Tony Smith, currently Deputy Head at Roundwood Park School in Harpenden. Tony was selected from a national field of applicants after a two day interview process. He takes up the position from January 2018.
Tony has taught at Roundwood Park for ten years as an economics specialist and been a member of the senior leadership team for the last eight years. Since 2015 part of his role has been project manager for the Katherine Warington School, liaising with the EFSA, HCC, Harpenden parents and latterly Kier Construction who have won the contract to plan and build the new secondary school.
Tony Smith said ‘I am delighted to be appointed as the founding Headteacher for the first new secondary school in Harpenden for over 50 years. It is such a unique opportunity to set up the Katherine Warington School and work collaboratively with parents, students and the other exceptional secondary schools to open a new school with educational excellence at its centre. My absolute priority is to deliver a curriculum that inspires and engages students, promotes critical thinking and prepares them to succeed in a changing world’.
Philip Waters, Chair of HSET said ‘The Trust is absolutely delighted with the appointment of Tony Smith as our founding Headteacher. It is the key decision to ensure the success of the new school. As our Project Manager he has put his heart and soul into ensuring that the needs of our community will be met by the new school. He will carry this project role to our initial opening in September 2018 and as our founding Headteacher he will recruit, develop, lead and inspire the new staff team to deliver a high quality educational experience for all of the students of Katherine Warington School’.
Claire Robins, principal proposer of the new school and Head of Sir John Lawes School said ‘Tony impressed us all at interview with his exciting ideas for making Katherine Warington School a stimulating and innovative place of learning for the young people of Harpenden. It is great to know this important project is in such good hands.’
Tony added ‘the name and logo begin to tell the story of the Katherine Warington School – she was a progressive, inspirational scientist who was not scared to be different, combining traditional approaches with innovation. The broad and balanced curriculum will be delivered in a trusted, nurturing environment where students will flourish and staff are highly effective’.
The Katherine Warington School will open with 180 new Year 7 students in September 2018 on a permanent site in Batford. When full the school will have 900 students plus a Sixth Form of 250. Planning will be applied for in September after several public consultation meetings are held in July. The Open Day for prospective parents for September 2018 is Saturday 14th October 2017.
Naming of the school
Harpenden Secondary Education Trust proudly announces the chosen name of the new secondary school to be built in Harpenden. The school will be called 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.
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Appointment of the Lead Contractor
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has approved the appointment of Kier as the Lead Contractor for the Katherine Warington School. The appointment of Kier follows a competitive tendering process to select a contractor.
Kier will now lead on the design and planning application to build facilities for the Katherine Warington School, located at a site at the corner of Common Lane and Lower Luton Road.
The ESFA will work with the Harpenden Secondary Education Trust, Kier and Hertfordshire County Council, as Education Authority, to submit a planning application.
Kier will also be responsible for the construction of the new facilities, with the aim of providing the first facilities on-site for September 2018.
The contractor intends to hold a full pre-application consultation before any plans are submitted. Details of this will follow.
Visits continue by members of the Trust education sub-committee to other new schools that have opened in the last five years, to identify good practice (in other words pinch any good ideas we can see as being proven to work).
The marketing sub-committee is in discussion with uniform suppliers regarding the style, design and pricing of the new school uniform.
The Trust has published the agreed admissions policy with the EFA which explains the application method for prospective students who wish to join the school in September 2018. For more information please refer to the Admissions page of the website.
The website is developing and more content will be added as we move closer to opening.
Tony Smith, Project Manager