2017 Secondary School Intra District Swimming Gala

The Hertfordshire Secondary Schools’ Inter-District Swimming Championships is to be held on Friday 3rd March, 2017 at Dacorum Sports Centre (Sportspace), Hemel Hempstead starting at 7.00pm (6.30pm warm-up). If you are interested in being considered for this event, please complete the attached form (Click Here) or complete the on-line (which is their preference) at ( by Thursday 2nd February 2017.

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Planning Permission Granted for the 3G pitch

Planning permission was granted by St Albans City and District Council (16th Jan 2017) for a full size 3G pitch to be built at Roundwood Park School. Councillors voted 6 in favour and 1 against approving the application. A massive thank you to everyone who played a part in achieving this, from submitting comments to the planning website, to coming along to the hearing, to signing the petitions.

We will now finalise our application to the FA and approach other fundholding bodies to ask for financial support for the construction of the pitch as well as launching a joint fundraising programme with Harpenden Colts.


Following the successful planning decision, Roundwood Park School and Harpenden Colts will seek funding from a number of sources including The National Lottery and Sports England and will then complete our application to the Football Association by April. We hope our bid will be successful and would anticipate hearing the outcome by July. At that point our governing body will discuss and decide on how the school will cover the remainder of our own contribution to the construction costs. Watch this space for updates!

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Roundup 083 : Friday 2nd December 2016

The latest edition of Roundup has just been published and can be found by clicking here.

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3G Pitch Latest News : Nov 2016

The school has resubmitted plans for the 3G pitch, addressing the area that councillors cited as the one and only reason to reject the initial submission-OPENING TIMES. The new application is identical to the initial plans but opening time has been reduced to 9.30pm during the week and the pitch will not be open on any Bank Holidays throughout the year. Weekend opening times remain unchanged at 6pm.
We are delighted to be able to say that the new submission was considered at Harpenden Town Council on 15th November. The committee recommended APPROVAL.
The application will be considered by St Albans Council in the coming months. We expect this to be after Christmas.
In the meantime, thank you for your continued support as we reach that part of the year when PE lessons, training and matches are routinely cancelled due to the unplayable conditions of our grass pitches. Once the timescale for consideration of our application is clearer, we will seek to encourage you to contact councillors to express your views.

To read more about the proposed 3G pitch, please click here.

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3G Pitch Latest News

Unfortunately Roundwood Park’s planning application was rejected at St Albans Council on Mon 27th June on the casting vote of the Plans North Committee Chair. This is despite the technical report from officers recommending that there were no grounds for the application to be rejected. Councillors were aware of a petition from 1000 Roundwood Park and Harpenden Colts members in favour of the development. Roundwood Park governing body will consider our response to this disappointing setback in the coming weeks.

To read more about the proposed 3G pitch, please click here.

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The Girl Can week : 2016

We’re pleased to announce our This Girl Can in Herts Week 2016 website is now live.

You can view the website by visiting the normal HSP website and clicking the TGCinHerts banner at the top of the page.

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Inter District Swimming Championships

Dear All,

The Hertfordshire Secondary Schools’ Inter-District Swimming Championships is to be held on Friday 13th May, 2016 at Woodside Leisure Centre Pool, Watford starting at 7.30pm (7.00pm warm-up).

Within the district we have a number of very talented swimmers and it is essential that we give such swimmers an opportunity to swim in this gala and represent St Albans District.

Please find attached an entry form for consideration for selection for St Albans District. Please could you pass this form on to your swimmers to complete. There is 2 forms on an A4, so one page can be separated into 2 x A5’s.
The form can also be completed on-line (which is our preference) at

Secondary – St Albans District Schools Swimming Association
Please click here for the St Albans District team selected to compete in the 2015 Secondary Herts Inter-District Champs on the 6th Feb 2015.

The deadline for submission is Monday 25th April, 2016 (to enable time for team selection), so we would appreciate if you can ensure that your swimmers receive a copy as soon as possible.

Swimmers selected will be informed by Saturday, 30th April, 2016.

Please let us know if you have any questions.


Andrew Ellis
St Albans District Schools Swimming Association

Medals galore for Baggio at champs

Max Baggio [2010] will need a bigger case on his return from the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships – after securing six medals from eight events.

The Harpenden skier claimed one gold, four silver and a bronze at the championships in the French resort of Tignes, which decided both national and junior titles. His one success came in the junior downhill where he went one better than the senior race.

The super G, a similar event to the downhill, saw the 20-year-old pick up silvers in both age groups while the giant slalom races saw him come away with a silver and a bronze. Unfortunately he failed to finish in both slalom events.

Speaking after winning gold in the downhill, Baggio said: “It’s a good feeling. I was happy with the top section of my run, I came to the Rossignol jump and then there was a compression and I got a bit low and late there but apart from that I was happy with it.

“When I crossed the finish line I thought my time was probably good enough to win although there is always a chance the other guys could have caught me. “I’m happy with how I’ve done in all the speed events this week. I was happy with my downhill run [in the senior race] even though it was only second place – it was solid.” The championships are the biggest event of the year for the British ski racing world and Delancey are the principal sponsor for the sixth year running.

To follow the progress of the Delancey British Alpine Ski Team visit or follow @teambss on Twitter. As principal sponsor of British Ski and Snowboard, Delancey is proud to be able to provide British athletes with the support they require to win World Cup and Winter Olympic medals. For more information visit

Article reprinted from Herts Advertiser, Harpenden Edition, 31st March 2016


Easter Trampoline Course

A trampolining course will be held over the Easter Holidays. For more information and the application form, please Click Here.

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All Weather Pitch Development

The Headteacher and Governing Body of Roundwood Park School would like to provide students with an outstanding facility for an outstanding school. A planning application to install a full-size, all weather, floodlit pitch to replace the existing grass pitch has been submitted. For the latest news on the development, please click here.