Roundwood Park School

Roundwood Park School
Roundwood Park

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Coordinates51°49′12″N 0°22′22″W / 51.82002°N 0.37270°W / 51.82002; -0.37270Coordinates: 51°49′12″N 0°22′22″W / 51.82002°N 0.37270°W / 51.82002; -0.37270
Established1956 (1956)
Department for Education URN136973 Tables
HeadmasterAlan Henshall
Age11 to 18
HousesCadbury, Frank, Grey-Thompson, Mandela, Owens, Scott, Wilberforce
Colour(s)Red and Black   
PublicationRoundwood Round-Up

Roundwood Park School is a mixed, 11-18 secondary school with academy status situated in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, UK. Opened in 1956,[1] it currently has around 1300 pupils, most of whom live in the local area and surrounding villages (e.g. Markyate, Southdown, Whitwell, Kimpton, Flamstead, Redbourn, Breachwood Green and Wheathampstead.) At the beginning of 2011, Roundwood (along with Sir John Lawes School, the University of Hertfordshire, and Rothamsted Research) formed a charitable trust. St George's School joined the trust in 2013 and it is now known as "The Harpenden Secondary Schools Trust".[2]


It runs a full curriculum, including all standard subjects as well as vocational subjects for Sixth Form students. The current headteacher is Mr Alan Henshall. He was preceded by Nicholas Daymond.[1]


The construction of a new modern 'Maths and Music' block was finished in October 2008, which was opened by Johnny Ball.

The school has a multimillion-pound sports centre, officially opened on 7 September 2011 by Mike Atherton.[3] The sports centre is also used for children's parties and sports clubs outside school hours.

The construction of an all-weather outdoor football pitch was announced in 2016 and was completed in 2018.


At the beginning of the 2011 academic year, the school introduced a house system as an Olympic legacy. The houses were originally named after colours, but in June 2012, the current house names were unveiled.[4] The houses also represent two charities, a national charity and a local charity. Each house has a charity week where money is raised for these two charities.

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  1. ^ a b "A Brief History Of Roundwood Park School". Roundwood Park School. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Harpenden Secondary Schools Trust". Roundwood Park School. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  3. ^ Roberts, Laura (18 September 2011). "Cricketer Mike Atherton opens Roundwood School's new sport centre". The Herts Advertiser. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  4. ^ "House Captains & Leaders History". Roundwood Park School. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  5. ^ Crockett, Sophie (11 February 2015). "Inside the mind of Harpenden's serial killer". The Herts Advertiser. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  6. ^ Suslak, Anne (19 September 2018). "Harpenden school pitch will encourage girls and under-14s to get into football". The Herts Advertiser. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  7. ^ Burton, Madeleine (14 January 2011). "St Albans actress has landed on her feet with starring role for BBC". The Herts Advertiser. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Sarah McKenna". Saracens. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  9. ^ Bill, Laura (26 April 2019). "Former Sir John Lawes boy is new Blue Peter presenter". The Herts Advertiser. Retrieved 27 December 2020.

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