Entries by Dean Inns

This Week 10th December 2018

The structure of the Trust has been in place for several years as we steer the proposal for the new school along the labyrinthine road from need to reality. As we now look forward to opening in September 2019, we have been reviewing the Trust structure as it becomes the governing body of the school. […]

This Week 22nd November 2018

We are reaching the final stages of our technical acquisition for the school – that’s everything from computers to flat screens to phones. I’m glad to say that with a little bit of bargaining and arm twisting, it looks like we’ve managed to get pretty much everything on our shopping list including a school radio […]

This Week 12th November 2018

There has been a tremendous reaction to the school and a fantastic volume of applications to join us as our first students in Year 7 in September 2019. The main window for applications is now closed and HCC will organise notifying families on National Offer Day on March 1st 2019. We still welcome applications, but […]

This Week 29th October 2018

It’s been a really energising week. We can finally get our teeth into developing a curriculum in detail. Whilst we have the parameters of a timetable and subjects, what we will teach, in what sequence and why will we do it this way, is at the heart of any school. The curriculum gives the school […]

This week 20th October 2018

It has been an interesting week full of diverse issues.  We are at the stage of finalising the furniture, fixtures and equipment for the finished school (FF&E), so lots of conversations about the type of folding tables in the dining area, vinyl versus carpet in various parts of the school, radio controlled clocks versus battery […]

New MP backs The Katherine Warington School

Bim Afolami, new MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, is delighted that Harpenden will soon have its first new secondary school for fifty years, and welcomes the appointment of its Founding Headteacher. Bim said: “I completely support the opening of the Katherine Warington School in Harpenden as we clearly need it. I am particularly pleased that […]

Founding Headteacher of the Katherine Warington School appointed

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. […]

School Name Announced

HARPENDEN SECONDARY EDUCATION TRUST PROUDLY ANNOUNCES THE CHOSEN NAME OF THE NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL TO BE BUILT IN HARPENDEN. 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 […]

Lead Contractor Appointment

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has approved the appointment of Kier as the Lead Contractor for the new Harpenden Secondary Free 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 new Harpenden Secondary […]

Uniform Design

Please see our new Uniform Design page to suggest your ideas for the Uniform and also a name for the new Harpenden Secondary School.