Our enrichment programme is an important aspect of life for all year groups at Rydal Penrhos School.
The aim of the programme is to encourage pupils to look beyond the standard curriculum, to explore new subjects and learn new skills. The development of this programme is based on the strong conviction that individuals thrive in an environment in which all of their abilities are recognised and nurtured.
Opportunities to try new sports (Fives or Fencing), to contribute to projects such as the Greenpower racing car, to play in the school Jazz band, or to take some time to reflect and be still in our Mindfulness sessions all help to contribute to the development of well-balanced individuals with a strong sense of enquiry about the world around them.
Years 7 and 8
There are two enrichment sessions every week for Years 7 and 8, from 4.30 to 5.10pm on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Pupils choose from a carousel of subjects that typically includes:
Dance Club, Fencing, Greenpower Project, Junior Drama, Mindfulness, Orchestra, Percussion group, Welsh, Ballet, Fives, Debating Club, Woodwind and Brass Group.
Enrichment sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for Year 9 offer a carousel of subjects that typically includes Maths π Club, French Culture Club, Textiles Club, Greenpower Project, Orchestra, Percussion group, Lefevre Erasmus and Mindfulness. Year 9 pupils also start their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, which many complete within a year. This award includes volunteering, learning a new skill, a First Aid course, and an overnight expedition in Snowdonia.
Years 10 and 11
Years 10 and 11 are offered a similar selection of enrichment subjects on a carousel on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition, many academic departments hold clinics for GCSE subjects, and extra subjects such as Latin, Chinese and Photography are also offered at this time. Many pupils take their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards during these two years.
Sixth form (Years 12 and 13)
There is a wide range of academic clinics for all Sixth form pupils, allowing extra one-to-one time with teachers if a pupil requires it. These include an evening session for Business Studies and Economics. In addition, the school runs Oxbridge test and university interview preparation sessions, opportunities for Community Service, time in the school’s Performance Centre (gym), and sports such as golf, tennis and cricket. Many pupils complete their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards by the end of their time at Rydal Penrhos.