As part of International Women’s Day, we have highlighted some of our hard-working female staff and pupils that have all contributed to the huge success at Rydal Penrhos during the current academic year and beyond.
Year 7 pupil Caitriona Searl is a fantastic vocalist who has already achieved chorister status with St Asaph Cathedral, and the stage presence of Bella Rutherford, Hannah Davies and Grace Ormerod continue to be a great source of pride for the Music and Drama departments.
The musical talents of Niamh Cook have to be heard to be believed, while the public speaking skills of Cerys Cuddihy and Sydney Johnson achieved national recognition last year as part of the Rotary International Youth Speaks competition.
Niamh Smith has settled in extremely well since joining Rydal Penrhos in September, with the progress shown from the Year 8 group that includes Alys Peake-Jones, Naina Babbar, Emma Hackman and Jasmin Lewis further evidence that the future of the school is in very safe hands.
Holly Battersby, Tallulah Batley and Bijou Rajagopal achieved some fantastic GCSE results a year early last summer and have shown their mathematical prowess even further with great success in the UKMT’s Intermediate Challenge, and Lower Sixth Form pupil Imogen Camp boasts a Welsh senior chess title to her name despite her tender age.
Jenny Johnson’s drive and determination in the face of adversity brought with it a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and a date with royalty this summer, and the influential Upper Sixth is led by the exceptionally gifted and ambitious Head Girl Olivia Williams and Deputy Olivia Rogerson.
Sam Randall, Emily Cashell, Elinor Davies and Elysia Gilman have also achieved a significant amount during their time at Rydal Penrhos, while Sara Owen, Saxon Cowley, Mili Jayadeep, Becky Lawton, Mollie Smithfield, Emily Li, Linda Wang and Samiya Garrod are sure to go on to bigger and better things when they begin their further education journey later this year.
Of course, this would not be possible without having superb female role models situated throughout the school in the form of terrific staff members.
Head of English and Drama Leah Crimes is a prime example of this and her passion for the performing arts and the written word has not only produced some superb examination results in recent years, but also showcased the school’s talent during Dramatic Society productions and this year’s RPS Showstoppers event.
English and Drama teacher Fiona Earle is also a prominent figure as head of the only girls’ boarding house at the school, while Head of Modern Foreign Languages Susan Livingstone has been promoting women in sport as part of her work with the newly former Llysfaen Lionesses football team.
Rhian Williams has taken to the role of Head of Mathematics superbly well in her first year and has led the department to a plethora of regional and national successes in her first few months at the helm. Her passion for all things Wesley House is also considerable and contributed heavily to them winning the Yeung Bowl House Cup last year.
Admissions Officer Jenny Marsden, Director of Communications Susan Hogan and Alumni and Development director Sarah Ritchie work tirelessly behind the scenes on marketing, recruitment and fundraising that often goes unnoticed, and receptionist Sarah James is a much-loved member of the school community that also arranges the ever-popular Weekend Activities programme.
Director of Studies Sally Harding is another unsung hero that keeps the school's curriculum constantly up-to-date, with the learning support team of Sarah Seenan, Claire Boyd and Andrea Cashell also offering expert guidance which has become an essential part of the school’s progression.