Finding out about the Schools in an area is often a key part of a house move for a family. There is inevitably pressure on places at good schools but it is great to see the progress of the funding for a new secondary school in Harpenden due to open in September 2018.
Last autumn Approval from the Department for Education (DfE) on both the funding of the new school and its deferred opening date put an end to concerns about the future of the long-awaited new school which will be built on farmland on the corner of Lower Luton Road and Common Lane. Meaning a fourth secondary school for Harpenden is under way.
Philip Waters, chair of the Harpenden Secondary Education Trust, said; “We are delighted that these decisions have now finally been taken and we can move on to the practical stages of the programme for opening the new school given the delays to the decision on funding and deferral encountered.
“We would also like to take the opportunity to thank both the Harpenden Parents Group and the Harpenden community for their patience and continued support.”
The Trust have mapped out the design of the new school or at least the rationale behind clustering subject classrooms in certain areas, the position of the hall, library, canteen and 6th form etc. The EFA will approach building companies on its tender framework shortly. Several members of the Trust have begun visiting existing new build schools to see how they have resolved similar questions to the ones they will face as well as talking to local primary schools about possible uniforms and names for the school.