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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

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

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Harperbury Free School website.

Here at Harperbury, we combine traditional values with the most innovative teaching, based on research from around the world.

Our aim is to develop our students so that they are excellent learners, curious to enquire, equipped with the skills to investigate and understand. More than that, we will prepare them for their future lives so that they leave school with the skills needed in the workplace, a strong sense of responsibility, a moral compass, and the perspective to understand and take on their individual role. We will enrich their learning experience with a range of activities – sporting, creative and practical.

Harperbury aims to provide an education as good as that found in the best private schools, where pupils are nurtured as individuals, challenged to achieve their best and supported in all their endeavours. We aim for academic excellence – the highest exam results, entry to the best universities, worthwhile jobs and to be exemplary world citizens.

A Harperbury education will be exciting, challenging and fun – from the team-building trip to real world tasks, from ancient history to computer coding. Our students will require resourcefulness and energy and our teachers will employ imagination and flair.

The first Year 7 pupils will walk through the doors in September 2015 to begin their secondary education. Come and join us at Harperbury – where life’s journey begins.

News, updates and events

1 September 2014
Open Meetings – Dates for your diary

We will be holding four open meetings in September and October.   Meet staff and governors, hear about the development of Harperbury’s ground-breaking education and have your questions answered. See here for details.


14 August 2014
Harperbury Free School recruits new Governors!

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 […]


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) […]