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A balanced mix of teaching and practical experience where pupils explore ways of learning that suit them. Teaching Philosophy

The pupils will achieve the very best of their academic potential and be prepared for a wide range of social and professional situations. Teaching Philosophy

Our teaching and learning is personalised so that every child is both supported and challenged, at their own individual level. Teaching Philosophy

Welcome to Harperbury

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.

Martin Blain
Martin Blain
Founding Head
MA (Cantab), NPQH

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.

News, updates and events

24 June 2014
Sun shines on Shenley

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 […]


11 June 2014
Summer is here

The sun is shining, and Harperbury supporters were out and about at the summer fairs.  Saturday 7th saw us at Bowmansgreen and Sunday 8th at Radlett Festival.


6 June 2014
Year 8 Admissions – Statement by Governors

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 […]


2 June 2014
Question Time

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) […]


7 May 2014
Recruitment of Governors

The search is on to co-opt some additional governors to join the board. For full details, see our information pack  The application form is here  


3 May 2014
Message to parents of current year 6: Informal meeting

The Head and Governors of Harperbury Free School would like to invite you to an informal meeting at the Red Lion, Watling Street, Radlett from 6 pm on Thursday 22 May 2014. This is an informal event for those parents who applied for places this year to enable us to tell you where we are […]