Rydal Penrhos School academic overview 2012
Rydal Penrhos School has enjoyed a very successful academic year in 2011/12. Every school and its pupils are measured by public examinations; our results show pleasing improvements in almost all areas. Rydal Penrhos School is determinedly non-selective and co-educational, providing quality education to all those who might benefit, serving the community of North Wales, but also open to the rest of the UK and further afield. Value-added is the key; we aim to give that little bit extra to the education of every one of our pupils.
Out of 41 A-level candidates, 40% were awarded A* and A grades (the A* is awarded to candidates who score more than 90% in their final papers).
14 candidates achieved at least one A*, and the outgoing head boy, Thomas Warrington, was awarded 4 As, which has secured him a place at Cambridge University to study Engineering. Eleanor Murphy, Natasha Kanvinde and Gary Wu were awarded 2 A*s each, and Harriet Barlow, Nick Bellamy, Freya Cassia and William Pullman also scored on apiece. The top grades were achieved in Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Religious Studies.
Just over 64% of pupils scored grades A*-B, which is an improvement on last year’s best ever figure for those grades at the school.
The International Baccalaureate results were published in July, and the 25 IB candidates achieved an average score of 31.6 points. On the tariff used by UCAS for university admissions, the average IB score of 420 UCAS points is equivalent to 2 A*s and an A – a truly outstanding achievement. Amelia Dunton was our top candidate, achieving 42 points out of 45; Joel Sugarman scored 39 points and Jakob Schrandt, 38.
The GCSE results reflect the hard work that Year 11 have put into their exams, with the year group scoring an average of over 8½ A*-C passes.
Lydia Davidson achieved 10 A*s, and Hannah Davies, Sophie Cashell, Alexander Farnell and Sara Popa scored all A*s and As. Laurie Brummitt and Jingyi Xie also scored 20 As and A*s between them, a total of 18 pupils achieved at least seven A* or A grades each.
A good number of subjects, including Biology, Chemistry, Drama, English, Physics, Spanish and Welsh achieved a 100% pass rate from A*-C.
Deputy Head (Academic)