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.

Tony Smith
Founding Headteacher

Planning Hearing – Monday 19th February 2018

The planning hearing is now confirmed and is being held on Monday 19th February 2018 at County Hall starting at 10am. The meeting is open to the general public. This is a key decision to determine the opening of Katherine Warington School. All your support is greatly appreciated.

Planning Hearing – Update

Despite earlier communications that our planning application would be heard on 8th Feb at HCC, this has now been moved further back in to February. Once we have solid confirmation of a new date, we will publish it here.

School Uniform – Invitation to Tender

Please click here to read a letter regarding the Uniform Tender for the Katherine Warington School.

Planning Hearing

The date of our planning hearing has now been confirmed. Herts CC planning committee will meet on Thursday 8th February at County Hall, starting at 10am. The meeting is open to the general public. This is a key decision to determine the opening of Katherine Warington School. All your support is greatly appreciated.

Planning News

The planning application for Katherine Warington School was considered at both Harpenden Town Council and St Albans District on Monday 27th November.  We are delighted to report that neither Council objects to the proposal with Harpenden Town Council supporting the plans by a clear and substantial majority.  These recommendations now go to HCC, whose planning committee intend to consider the application in January.  This keeps us on our timeline to open the school to our new Year 7 students in September 2018

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit comments and a special thank you to two representatives from Harpenden Parents Group, Ben Bardsley and Sally Styles who spoke so eloquently and passionately at the planning meetings in support of the need for local children to go to a local secondary school.

Admissions Consultation for September 2019 applications

Harpenden Secondary Education Trust is consulting on amendments to their admissions arrangements for the Katherine Warington School for September 2019 applications.

It is proposed that the admissions arrangements for 2019/20 applications are changed to align with the arrangements already in place at Sir John Lawes and Roundwood Park Schools.  This change will prioritise children for whom Katherine Warington School is the “nearest” school in the priority area, before allocating places on a distance basis.

The proposed policy and the opportunity to respond can be found on the admissions page of the Katherine Warington School website.

This consultation will be open from Friday 1st December 2017 to Friday 19th January 2018 (6 weeks).

Open Day Update

The Open Day on Saturday 14th October held at Rothamsted Research Centre was extremely well attended. All three presentations from the founding Headteacher were well received by the large number of prospective parents and their children who were there. The virtual tour of the school really caught everyone’s imagination. The design of the new school uniform was revealed for the first time and parents and students alike were very enthusiastic about it. The curriculum stand was busy throughout the event and there were some great suggestions for enrichment topics. It was fantastic to get so many applications on the day as well.

If you couldn’t make it to the event the prospectus (here),  uniform (here) and application form (here) are available here. Applications close on 31st October for September 2018 intake.

In order for the building work to progress, we need planning permission to be granted. Please support the development by commenting (here). Your support is essential.


Plans for Katherine Warington School submitted

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), in partnership with the Harpenden Secondary Education Trust (HSET), have submitted plans to Hertfordshire County Council for the development of a new secondary school on land north of Lower Luton Road.

Emerging plans are for a 6FE secondary school which will accommodate up to 1,150 pupils once it is complete.

A public consultation took place in July and included four exhibitions held in Harpenden, Batford, Wheathampstead and Redbourn. Over the course of the four consultation evenings over 600 residents attended to view the plans.

The Harpenden Secondary Education Trust is a group made up from members of Harpenden’s local schools –  Roundwood Park School, Sir John Lawes School, St George’s School, as well as members from The University of Hertfordshire and Rothamsted Research.

Founding Head Teacher, Tony Smith said:

“It’s incredibly exciting to see the plans for Harpenden’s first new secondary school in 50 years finally submitted.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to build an exceptional school, committed to providing an inspiring and engaging curriculum that will prepare our students for the future.

“Over the coming months the Trust will continue to work with parents, local residents and the county council to deliver the best possible school for Harpenden.”

A spokesperson for the ESFA said:

“We’re delighted to see this application submitted. These plans will provide the high-quality places that parents across the Harpenden area need.

“Over the course of the statutory consultation we will work hard to ensure that the scheme meets the high expectations of parents and residents across Harpenden, Batford, Wheathampstead and Redbourn.”

If planning permission is granted construction will take place over two phases. The first phase will see the completion of the sports hall in time for September 2018.

The second phase of construction will see the completion of the main school campus ready for September 2019.

During the first phase of construction the sports hall will be equipped with classroom facilities to house the first intake of Year 7 pupils.

It is anticipated that the application will be heard by the development control committee in late 2017.

If you would like to view the application, it is on Hertfordshire County Council website and we encourage all local residents to submit their comments to the planning department. Please follow this link

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Katherine Warington Open Day

Katherine Warington Open Day Saturday 14th October at Rothamsted Research from 10am-3pm. Come along for a virtual tour, see the new uniform, meet the Trust, pick up the prospectus. Headteacher presentations 10.30;12 noon and 2pm.

The prospectus is also available on the home page of the website.

To apply to the Katherine Warington School for a place in September 2018, go to