Roundhay School

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Roundhay High School
Roundhay School Logo.png
school logo
Motto Courtesy, Cooperation, Commitment
Established 1903
1972 (merger)
Type Community school
Head Master Neil Clephan
Location Gledhow Lane
West Yorkshire
Coordinates: 53°49′50″N 1°30′38″W / 53.830640°N 1.510637°W / 53.830640; -1.510637
Local authority City of Leeds
DfE number 383/4063
DfE URN 108076 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 120
Students 1,931
Gender Mixed
Ages 4–18
Comparison of the school frontage before and after the new build

Roundhay School (previously known as Roundhay School Technology and Language College) is a mixed all-through school and sixth form located in Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

It contains about 1,520 pupils, with about 287 pupils in the sixth form. The current (2013) headmaster is Neil Clephan. The school grounds are based across 22 acres (89,000 m2), and are directly opposite Roundhay Park near the Roundhay Hall (Spire Leeds) BUPA hospital.


Roundhay School was established in 1903 as an all-boys grammar school. During World Wars I and II many of the Roundhay pupils above the age of 16 served with the Yorkshire Regiment.

In 1972, along with many other grammar schools in the country, Roundhay Grammar School for Boys on Old Park Road and Roundhay High School for Girls on Jackson Avenue merged to form a mixed comprehensive secondary school under the Circular 10/70 introduced by Margaret Thatcher. Roundhay, like all other high schools in the city, changed from an 11–18 to a 13–18 school with the creation of the tier of Middle Schools - which were themselves abolished later when Roundhay became an 11–18 school again.

During 2002–04 much of the old school was demolished and rebuilt under a £14 million Private Finance Initiative. The frontage of the building was left largely untouched, though the central section was replaced in favour of an upper-floor staff room that looks over the fields at the front of the school. However, the Sixth Form block located by the Gledhow Lane entrance was not part of the renovations, and remains the same building.

In September 2013, the Roundhay School Primary Campus was unveiled, which changed the school from being an 11-18 secondary school into a 4-18 all-through school. It started taking admissions in 2012 for the start of the 2013 academic year, and will continue to take a year group on at a time until the school will have all primary year groups filled. The primary campus is located on Elmete Lane, just off Wetherby Road.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Roundhay School runs various extracurricular activities for pupils during the lunch period and after school. Sport, an important part of extracurricular life at Roundhay, is facilitated through playing fields and indoor sports halls. Chief sports are football, rugby union, netball, cricket and hockey – many pupils continue to play for hockey teams after leaving school. School pupils also play in tennis, athletics or swimming competitions. There is also trampolining class and a climbing wall.

All pupils can take lessons in the playing of musical instruments, while the school's resident bands compete in a yearly 'Battle of the Bands' competition.

There is a yearly school drama production which includes pupils of any age. The 2006 production was Sister Act. This year[which?] a week of multicultural activities replaced the school production, Multicultural Week, led by the music department, involved a wider range of staff and pupils than the usual drama production.

Roundhay School runs trips abroad on annual and 2 year cycles. These include art trips to New York, Germany, and Barcelona, and also yearly language trips to Spain, Germany and France. The school also runs a skiing trip to Canada, and, in 2010, to Austria. History trips take place every year to Skipton Castle, the Imperial War Museum and World War I battlefields. There was an art trip to China in April 2009. In 2012, the Sixth Form Geography department travelled to Iceland, taking in thermal springs and volcanoes. In 2014, the department also travelled to Morocco.


Roundhay School receives consistent highly-rated Ofsted reports, and external examination results are above the national average.[1] In 2007, the school received the best A level results of all the state schools in the city of Leeds, and the second best in the district. The best performing schools in Leeds are in the north of the city, close to the outer ring road. At GCSE, the school performs less well, being eighth in the LEA.

Standards in GCSE/GNVQ examinations at the end of Year 11 in 2003[1]
School results National results
Percentage of pupils gaining 5 or more A*-C grades 59 52.0
Percentage of pupils gaining 5 or more A*-G grades 92 91.0
Percentage of pupils gaining 1 or more A*-G grades 96 96.0
Average point score per pupil (best eight subjects) 37.5 34.7

Notable former pupils[edit]

The Roundhay School[edit]

Professor Andrew Lees
Name Birth Death Notable for
The Roundhay School
Nick Gibb 1960 Conservative MP, Minister of State for Schools
Rory Girvan 1987 Actor
Richard Quest 1962 CNN International presenter
Elizabeth Truss 1975 Conservative MP, Secretary of State for Justice
Roundhay Grammar School for Boys
Arthur Louis Aaron 1922 1943 Recipient of the Victoria Cross
Arthur Brown 1942 Singer of the pop hit Fire.
Linal Haft 1945 Actor
Edouard Lapaglie 1922 1943 Comedian and Radio Leeds performer
Andrew Lees 1947 Francis and Renee Hock Professor of Neurology since 1998 at the Institute of Neurology at UCL
Edward Lyons 1926 2010 Labour MP from 1966-74 for Bradford East and Bradford West from 1974–83
Adrian Metcalfe 1942 Silver medallist in the 1964 Tokyo 4x400m relay, and ITV sports commentator from 1966–87
Jack Higgins 1929 Pseudonym of Harry Patterson, author of The Eagle Has Landed
Geoff Raisman 1939 Neuroscientist
Geoffrey Richmond 1941 Chairman of Bradford City
Michael Roll 1946 Pianist
Philip Saffman 1931 2008 Theodore von Kármán Professor of Applied Mathematics and Aeronautics from 1995-2008 at the California Institute of Technology
Jack Shepherd 1940 Actor
Jon Trickett 1950 Labour MP since 1996 for Hemsworth
Arnold Ziff 1927 2004 Businessman and philanthropist
Dennis Shuttleworth 1930 Brigadier, twice capped England Scrum-Half
Roundhay High School for Girls
Name Birth Death Notable for
Joyce Gould, Baroness Gould of Potternewton 1932 Labour Peer
Barbara Kellerman 1949 Actor


  1. ^ a b Roundhay School Ofsted Inspection Reports. Retrieved 12 November 2013. Pdf download required

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