Educating Harpenden

September 17th 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Educating Harpenden

Educating Harpenden has been part of the towns make up for many years. Harpenden is home to many high-performing independent and state schools and as a result, the area is very family-oriented. Some of the most popular primaries include High Beeches, Wood End and Roundwood, all of which have been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

There are three ‘outstanding’ state secondary schools; St George’s (which takes boarders) Roundwood Park and Sir John Lawes. All three produce above-average A-Level results. 

For over 70 years Sir John Lawes School has been delivering outstanding education. Their National Teaching School status reflects the importance they put on recruiting and developing the very highest-quality staff in all areas of the organisation. Their 4th consecutive Artsmark Gold award demonstrates the emphasis they place on creativity for all students.

St George's is another of three state secondary schools in Harpenden it’s a non-selective day and boarding school. Founded on Christian principles combining traditional values and inspiring teaching, means students get an excellent foundation on which to build. 

Roundwood Park Harpenden is one of the first schools in the county to convert to Academy Status it has a strong reputation as an innovative and exciting place in which to learn and to teach. It is a place where traditional values of smart appearance, excellent behaviour and acting with integrity mingle with modern learning and high academic standards.

The fourth secondary - Katherine Warrington School is a new free school for Harpenden. Created in response to a shortage of school places it was established by a partnership of the existing three secondary schools, the University of Hertfordshire and Rothamsted Research (Harpenden Secondary Schools Trust). AT KWS, they value Knowledge, Wellbeing and Success. They pride ourselves on kindness and respect and seek to deliver a positive contribution to the community. 

The school will be completed by September 2020 and will become a hub for the local area, offering even more opportunity for educating Harpenden.

For more information check out this Harpenden guide