As one of the leading independent schools in the North West, richness, through breadth of experience and depth of study, is our goal. At Rydal Penrhos School you will find a broad and balanced learning programme which caters for a wide range of abilities and interests. We care for the individual and are able to tailor the curriculum to suit diverse needs.
Our curriculum also allows for increasing choice and specialisation as pupils move through the school. In the Sixth Form we offer three separate qualification types: A-levels, BTEC and the Cambridge Technical. We aim to engender a love of learning and an ability to study independently. These are life skills which will live with our pupils long after they have left school.
Mrs Sally Harding
Director of Studies
All schools in Wales come under the responsibility of Estyn, the schools inspectorate for the Welsh Assembly Government. To read our latest inspection report, published in December 2013, please click here.
Academic clinics and catch-up sessions
We offer over 21 hours of extra academic support per week to our pupils in the form of lunchtime and evening subject clinics, designed to support and prepare them for success in their examinations. Examples include catch-up clinics for English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, as well as clinics for Business Studies, Art and DT, Religious Studies, Modern Foreign Languages and Economics.
Academic life at Rydal Penrhos extends far beyond the classroom with our extensive enrichment programme. From Year 7 onwards all pupils can choose from a carousel of subjects and activities – see Academic Enrichment for more information. Enrichment sessions take place at the end of the school day, from 4.30 to 5.10pm most afternoons.
Monitoring and reporting
Every pupil at Rydal Penrhos is assigned a tutor who is responsible for their academic and pastoral welfare. Regular reviews and individual interviews, together with an internal monitoring system, ensure that concerns raised are both communicated and addressed quickly and effectively.
All pupils are awarded grades for effort and achievement at approximately four-week intervals. These grades are discussed with tutors who will give praise and encouragement or suggest strategies for improvement, as appropriate.
Depending on your child’s year group there are three or four formal reporting points in the year. There is a Parents’ evening for each year group at least once a year and, additionally a ‘Meet the Tutor Evening’ early in the first term of each year. Each pupil receives a mixture of full and short reports, and grade cards.
Academic staff list
The tutor is normally the first point of contact for parents in the form of a phone call or an email. If you have a query about a specific subject, please contact the relevant teacher or Head of Department. Heads of Lower, Middle School and Sixth Form, the Director of Studies, Deputy Head or Head are also available and may be contacted as appropriate.
Rydal Penrhos teaching staff