Roundwood Park School

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Roundwood Park School
Established 1956 (1956)
Type Academy
Headmaster Mr Alan Henshall
Location Roundwood Park
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DfE number 919/4070
DfE URN 136973 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 150
Students 1200
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Cadbury, Frank, Grey-Thompson, Mandela, Owens, Scott, Wilberforce
Colours Red and Black
Publication Roundwood Round-Up

Roundwood Park School is a mixed, 11-18 secondary school with academy status situated in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, UK. Opened in 1956, it currently has around 1200 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, 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".


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. Alan Henshall is assisted by a senior leadership team, including Deputy Headteachers Glen Pettengell, Matthew Warren, and Tony Smith.


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 Michael Atherton MBE. The sports centre is also used for children's parties and sports clubs outside school hours.


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. The houses also represent 2 charities, a national charity and a local charity. Each house has a charity week where money is raised for these two charities.


Notable Former Students:


In September 2012, the school unveiled ASPIRE. The aim of ASPIRE is to develop the learning habits which will last students for a lifetime in a constantly changing world.

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