It's our responsibility to make sure there are enough school places in Hertfordshire.
We commission the places from existing schools. All new schools now need to be academies or free schools, approved by the Secretary of State.
We make plans to build new schools in areas that can’t meet the demand for school places. We normally ask local residents for their opinion first.
Croxley Danes School submitted an application for a new free school to be built. This was approved in March 2015 by the Department for Education
It was announced in October 2016 that we had secured the site for the new school
The school is scheduled to open in September 2017.
For all future updates and information on the school opening in September 2017, visit http://www.croxleydanes.org.uk/.
A new housing development in the area means approximately 2,600 homes will be built. We want to build new secondary and primary school buildings to offer 180 secondary and 150 primary school places a year.
Details on the proposed new building for secondary age pupils are available on the Hertfordshire ePlanning website. Details on the new primary age buildings will be available when the development gets underway.
Harpenden Free School Trust submitted an application for a new free school to be built. This was approved in March 2015 by the Department for Education.
It was announced in January 2016 that we had secured the site for the new school.
The school is scheduled to open in September 2018.
For all future updates and information on the school opening in September 2018, please visit the Trust’s website at: www.kwschool.co.uk.
There are currently 3 outstanding secondary schools in Harpenden. The demand for secondary school places is increasing. A new school is therefore needed to ensure that the rising demand in Harpenden and the surrounding villages can be met.
We've found a site for the new school and have exchanged contracts with owners of the land opposite to Lower Luton Road and Common Lane.
New Secondary School in Harpenden – press release (Oct 2016)
We use a computer programme to produce a forecast every summer term to assess the demand for school places in local areas. We update this in the autumn term.
Using this forecast means there should be the right number of places in the right locations. Decisions will be affordable and won’t affect the quality of teaching at each school.
Hertfordshire uses a software system to produce pupil forecasts to help assess the demand for school places across the County.
We have recently migrated to a new forecasting system. This system is based on the same Hertfordshire education planning areas and uses the same data sources which Hertfordshire has relied upon in the past.
The published interim forecast is the initial forecast from this new system. This is an interim forecast (at both primary and secondary level) which projects demand for places for the next four years, up to 2020/21, while we embed the new system and review forecast assumptions.
The exception is in Harpenden where, because of a pressing school place planning need, the interim secondary forecast projects 10 years ahead to 2026/27.
The next forecast will be published, in line with previous timescales, as a mid-year update in the second half of the autumn term. Our new forecasting system provides us with a solid platform on which to plan for the right number of school places in the right locations into the future.
We offer to visit headteacher group meetings throughout the year to update them on the latest school planning issues, forecast results and to support schools converting to academies.
The school planning team decides whether a school needs more or fewer school places each year. They consider a large amount of evidence to make an informed decision.
The county council's Education and Skills Panel and Cabinet then decide whether or not to go ahead with the proposal.