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The Year at Rydal Penrhos: Summer 2017

The Year at Rydal Penrhos: Summer 2017

In a special series of features we have been looking back at the prominent stories over the course of the academic year at Rydal Penrhos.

It has been another outstanding year of achievement across the board, and the final installment features some of the achievements that hit the headlines over the summer break:

A total of 34.3 per cent of total A-level submissions received top grades, which combined with earlier International Baccalaureate Diploma results boosts the school's overall A*-A percentage at A-level or equivalent to nearly 40%.

In addition 60.6% of entries achieving A*- B marks and 77.8% securing A*-C, which is up from the previous year.

This enabled the school to be ranked 69th, as a co-educational boarding school, in Saturday's Times and Daily Telegraph's A-level (and equivalent) League Tables, putting Rydal Penrhos ahead of some of the most recognised boarding schools in the country.

It was also listed 11th overall in the same tables for day and boarding schools from across North Wales, Cheshire and the North West based on their exam performance.

The school announced that over 20 per cent of all grades were A* or equivalent as GCSE results were also revealed.

This was up from the previous year and is the second highest percentages of A* grades recorded by GCSE candidates at Rydal Penrhos since 2010.

There were also a number of pupils that achieved the new Grade Nine in English (First Language) and English Literature, which puts them in the top two per cent nationwide in accordance with the new grading system.

Elinor Davies, a Lower Sixth pupil at the school, spent the week with Communications Assistant Dean Jones where she received a crash course in journalism.

During the four-day learning experience, the 17-year-old took part in a series of tasks which covered all aspects of the profession, including news reporting, feature writing, opinion pieces and investigative journalism.

Another to gain valuable work experience was Eddie Farrell, travelled to a medical device factory near Geneva, Switzerland to work and explored all areas of life at the factory.

Elysia Gilman emerged victorious from the Under 18 category at the annual Museum of Modern Art for Wales competition for her portrait of sister Lydia, and her work was put on display at a high-profile exhibition held in Machyntheth during the summer.

Juan Rajagopal scored a highly impressive 53 out of 70 in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad, which put him in the top 50 entries from the 1,200 that qualified for the event.

The 13-year-old managed to successfully achieve three perfect solutions to a series of difficult questions, which secured him the silver medal, just one mark shy of gold.

Reuben Bather was part of the Wales squad that took on England in a home international during the break, and he has also been selected for the national U15 side for their upcoming clash with Surrey.

The school will once again be the official North Wales hub for the Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation, which offers high-quality cricket coaching to talented children in the state system, who have displayed the potential to become good cricketers.

Director of Sport and Hub manager Allen Boyd announced that Menai Bridge captain Dion Holden will be leading the coaching team alongside teammate Jack Gower.

The brother duo of Eddie and Kevin Farrell travelled to their native Ireland and the Netherlands for the RS Feva National and World Sailing Championships, with brought with it yet more accolades after outstanding displays.

They began at the National showcase at the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, where the Llandudno Sailing Club members turned in a sensational effort over three days to be crowned Irish RS Feva Open Champions after winning eight out of the ten race series, a title they narrowly missed out on last year.

This was followed up by a hugely impressive display at the World Championships in Medemblik, Holland, which featured 177 boats from 17 nations for five days of high-quality racing. 

Tegid Goodman-Jones continued his exceptional run of good results with duel honours at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.

The talented 14-year-old won the Under 16 Vocal Solo event against truly international competition including representatives from Poland, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Australia, England and Wales.

This was followed up with a second placed finish against older and more experienced opposition in the Open Folk Vocal Solo competition.

Josh Thomas and Jacob Heaton-Rue produced a number of standout efforts at the EuroHockey5s U16 Hockey Championships, which were held in Poland last month.

Will Lynch was selected for the Wales U16 Rugby League squad that took on Ireland and England in Cardiff on September 9.

The talented youngster plays club rugby for one of the best amateur sides in Great Britain – Leigh Miners Rangers Academy – a set up that has produced numerous professional and international players over the years.

Teddy Roberts ended a period of eight months out of the water with a series of strong efforts at the Welsh Summer National Championships.

This sensational effort propelled the Swim Conwy star back to number one in the national 100m butterfly rankings in his age group, and he has also moved up to third in the 100m freestyle rankings.

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