Harperbury is a secondary school committed to providing the most inspirational and innovative education, enriched with activities designed to prepare children for life. It is comprehensive, mixed, non-religious and free.
From the head
Harperbury Free School is a brand new seat of learning, which will have high academic standards and innovative teaching.
As the Founding Head, I will use my experience in a range of schools to bring to life the aspirations of the founding governors. I look forward to leading a school rooted in traditional values of hard work, respect and high achievement and to delivering outstanding examination results. To equip young people fully for their future, I believe in offering a solid curriculum with holistic teaching that supports the development of the whole child – morally, physically and spiritually as well as academically.
We will use creative teaching methods that have been tried and tested in leading schools, both in the UK and overseas and will use the latest technology to support this. We will stretch the mind of every child and nurture their talents and ambition, enabling everyone to reach their greatest potential.
I am passionate to ensuring that our pupils become educationally strong, socially confident and ready to take their place in the world, and I want every member of the school to develop a strong sense of belonging. I would like to instil in them responsibility for both their local community and the broader global community and empower them to know that they can make a real difference. There is a valuable role for parents and local business in making this happen.
The creation of new schools by local people to meet local needs is one of the most significant educational developments in a generation, and I believe that Harperbury will be in the vanguard of these outstanding establishments. The opportunity of building a school from scratch excites me immensely and I am recruiting a selection of the most inspirational teachers who will finalise a 21st century curriculum while our new building takes shape.
I look forward to welcoming our first Year 7 students in September 2015 and to growing our numbers, and reputation, year on year.
Over the past few weeks we have met with a number of people who responded to our recent adverts for new Governors and we are delighted to announce that we have now appointed two new Governors as a result. Our new Governors are Sharon Jenman, who is a lawyer and Charlie Wakely who is Assistant […]
Those who made it to Shenley Fete on Sunday enjoyed fantastic weather, as well as a huge range of activities. Who would have known the intricacies of shearing sheep? Thank you to all who popped by to see us at our stall. Loads of people were wishing the Harperbury project good luck; quite a few […]
When the School’s opening was deferred from 2014 to 2015 we were asked by a number of parents if we would be able to admit their children in the following year into year 8. In response to these requests from parents, the Governors agreed to investigate the possibility of admitting some pupils into year 8 […]
Harperbury Free School was the subject of debate when BBC Question Time was filmed in Radlett on Thursday 22nd May. Harperbury member Janie Jackson-Spillman got very specific and asked for a firm commitment to open the school – and succeeded in securing cross-party support. See the broadcast here (it starts at 48 mins 30 secs) […]