Sixth Form Centre
The Ferguson Centre is the name given to the dedicated Sixth Form centre at the school. This is a lovely large open-plan space which boasts some of the best views in the school as it overlooks the old school buildings and out to sea. The ‘Ferg’ provides a café style area for Sixth Formers to meet during free time and socialise. There is a large sofa area for relaxing and reading, listening to music, playing on the ever popular table football, and a screen projector for watching films. Next door there is a well-equipped study area for use during study periods. This also forms the base for the Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Leah Crimes.
The Ferguson Centre is well used on a day-to-day basis, and also provides an excellent venue for events including charity fundraising events run by the Sixth Form, social evenings, competitions, leadership and management courses and the Sixth Form lecture series. Parents, pupils and teachers also get together in the centre for academic updates and lectures, as well as essential social events including drinks receptions and music and drama evenings.
Sixth Form curriculum
The Sixth Form curriculum at Rydal Penrhos School is formed in consultation with pupils applying to join us. As far as possible, we shape our option blocks based on demand. We are fortunate to be able to offer an extensive range of A Level and BTEC courses, as well as the Extended Project Qualification. In addition we also support pupils through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS).
Sixth Form pupils’ academic progress is carefully monitored throughout both Years 12 and 13. Pupils work towards aspirational target grades and receive regular updates on their progress through the school reporting system.
In addition to preparing pupils thoroughly for examinations, departments offer a wide variety of opportunities to extend pupils beyond the formal curriculum including lectures, educational visits and enrichment clubs.
Pupils are guided through the university application process by a bespoke PSHE programme. While offering guidance and advice on the key stages of the UCAS (or other) application process, the PSHE programme also provides guidance on a number of issues relevant to Sixth Form pupils, including study skills, alcohol, drugs, and mental health.
Sixth Form committees
The Sixth Form not only offers incredible breadth of study, it also provides pupils with a varied and exciting social calendar, largely coordinated by the pupils themselves. The Sixth Form Social Committee organises events such as dances (leavers’ ball), parties (Halloween, Valentine’s) and BBQs, while the Sixth Form Charity Committee is in charge of charity fundraising events throughout the year.
The Eco Committee raises awareness of various local and international campaigns and the International Committee enjoys welcoming pupils from abroad and ensuring smooth integration into our school community through various ventures. The Sixth Form Council is a further opportunity for our pupils to take the lead, offering feedback on their experience in the Sixth Form and raising ideas for implementation.