Roundwood Park School
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|Roundwood Park School|
Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 3AE
|Department for Education URN||136973 Tables|
|Headmaster||Mr Alan Henshall|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Number of students||1200|
|Houses||Cadbury, Frank, Grey-Thompson, Mandela, Owens, Scott, Wilberforce|
|Colour(s)||Red and Black|
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, Katie Barter, 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.
The construction of an all-weather outdoor football pitch was announced in 2016.
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.
- Grey-Thompson (Blue)
- Wilberforce (Red)
- Frank (Pink)
- Scott (Green)
- Cadbury (Purple)
- Owens (Yellow)
- Mandela (Orange)
- Joanna Dennehy, serial killer 
- Natasha Dowie, football striker
- Seline Hizli, actress
- Edward Corrie, tennis player
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.
- Crockett, Sophie. "Inside the mind of Harpenden's serial killer".