• We aim to provide the highest quality teaching and learning to meet the needs and expectations of the Harpenden Community.

  • The Harpenden Secondary Schools Trust (HSST) members are Roundwood Park School, Sir John Lawes School, St George’s School, The University of Hertfordshire and Rothamsted Research.

  • We will benefit from the excellence and expertise in leadership and management already firmly established in the existing three Harpenden secondary schools.

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

Latest news

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.


We will shortly begin our recruitment programme for founding members of staff for Harpenden’s new
secondary school, Katherine Warington School.

We will initially be recruiting for enthusiastic and aspiring leaders for the following:

  • Head of English
  • Head of Mathematics
  • Head of Science

Additional teaching positions in other subject areas to follow.

Please Click Here for more information.

KWS Taster Lessons

Please Click Here to read an article about our Taster Lessons held on Sunday 25th February 2018 at Roundwood Park and Roundwood Primary School.

Admissions Process

On Sunday 4th March from 10am-1pm at Roundwood Park I will be available to answer any further questions you may have regarding the admissions process for Katherine Warington School for September 2018. Please email info@kwschool.co.uk to book an appointment.

Decision of Hertfordshire CC committee members

We’re delighted with the decision of committee members to unanimously resolve to grant detailed planning consent for a new secondary school on the Lower Luton Road in Harpenden at the meeting this morning (19th Feb)

Katherine Warington School will not only deliver an academic education of the highest standard but an environment in which children can acquire the skills ready for a happy and productive life.

When we have the decision in writing with details of the conditions, Kier the appointed constructors will advise us and the ESFA regarding opening timelines.

Section 10 Consultation

The Section 10 Consultation has now closed. For more information about the Section 10 consultation please Click Here.

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.

To continue reading this news post Click Here.

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. 

Admissions Policy

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, Founding Headteacher

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