Welcome to Katherine Warington School
Our brand new secondary school, opened in 2019, on our existing site and we moved into our completed main building in the summer of 2020.
The secondary school is established by a partnership of the existing three secondary schools in Harpenden, the University of Hertfordshire and Rothamsted Research (who together form the Harpenden Secondary Schools Trust).
The Governors of the three existing schools, having taken increased numbers over the last decade, decided that it was not feasible or desirable for the current schools to continually expand. The solution was to propose a new secondary school. With the approval of the DfE to fund and support, together with land provided by HCC, we welcomed our first cohort of 180 Year 7 students in September 2019.
The ethos of our school is aimed at enabling every student to make outstanding progress, whatever their starting point .We offer traditional academic values with an innovative, technology rich approach, providing high quality education for young people within their local community. Central to our vision for the school is the shared belief that young people have the right to a transformational educational experience. Our school fosters a learning culture that rewards effort, inspires learning and engenders a shared belief amongst all members of the school community that they are equipped to thrive in a changing world.
Here at KWS, we value:
Knowledge – built through our robust and diverse curriculum. Students develop a thirst for knowledge through inspirational teaching and, as their school career progresses, they are afforded more and more personalised opportunities to apply knowledge and develop life skills.
Wellbeing – students and staff value the importance of looking after their own and others wellbeing and health. Through participation, collaboration and a focus on kindness and integrity, our school community is ready to face the challenges of a developing world.
Success – students and staff believe nothing is impossible if it will improve learners’ life chances. They are supported to fulfil their potential, realise their personal ambitions, and have the confidence and resilience to meet their challenges.
We pride ourselves on kindness and respect and seek to deliver a positive contribution to our community. Our school is developing as a hub for the local area, including students, parents, staff, neighbours and the wider community, enjoying and sharing in our exceptional facilities.
A warm welcome to you and your family to Katherine Warington School.