Roundwood Park School

Secondary St Albans District



Roundwood Park is a forward-looking and ambitious 11-18 co-educational comprehensive school with 1,250 students on roll.  Whilst our school is rated as outstanding by Ofsted we are far from complacent.  Our success is largely because of our strong educational philosophy, our determination to bring about continuous improvement and the fact that every child really does matter to us.

Roundwood Park is a school with a strong reputation as an innovative and exciting place in which to learn and to teach.  We are a place where traditional values of smart appearance, excellent behaviour and acting with integrity mingle with modern learning and high academic standards. 

Our clear definition of the characteristics of the Roundwood Park leaver as a happy young adult who is not only well-qualified, but also a well-rounded individual, means that students leave us with optimism, self-confidence and a desire to change the world for the better. 

The key to our success lies in our ‘Aspire’ programme, which builds on the many years of experience of teaching students from Harpenden and its surrounding villages. ‘Aspire’ develops learning habits which, in addition to knowledge, allow our students to become resilient, resourceful and creative as they develop as learners. They develop these habits not only in their lessons but in the many extra-curricular opportunities, sporting and musical events and on trips and visits within the UK or abroad which we offer.   

We have also cemented our close working relationship with our outstanding partners at neighbouring Sir John Lawes and St George’s schools by forming a Trust together which incorporates the University of Hertfordshire and Rothamsted Research.  We are working together to support the new Katherine Warington School which is in its first year and of which I am the Executive Headteacher.  This school has also joined us in the Harpenden Secondary Schools Trust.  We are proud to be members of the Alban Teaching School Alliance and we work closely with our neighbouring schools in St Albans and Harpenden via the St Albans and Harpenden Secondary School Headteachers association (STASSH).

The students and staff of Roundwood Park always offer a warm welcome to visitors and there is always so much going on. Why not visit us to experience LIFE at Roundwood Park for yourself? We are confident that you will be inspired by what you see. 

Alan Henshall