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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