The decision to board is a big one for every family, but at Rydal Penrhos School we endeavour to nurture a supportive, stimulating environment for our pupils in order to make their boarding experience a positive and enriching one.
Choosing to live at school brings many benefits, not least the maturing of confident, agreeable, socially-adept young people. At Rydal Penrhos we offer full, weekly or flexi boarding to suit the circumstances and needs of each individual family.
It is through boarding that pupils experience all that the school has to offer. Boarders have more time to spend with their peers and have the opportunity to take advantage of an extensive range of activities and pursuits that extend beyond the 9-5 day. Opportunities include extra sport, cultural trips, Duke of Edinburgh awards, greater access to on-site facilities, and more.
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The school is within 45 minutes’ drive of Chester, Holyhead and Bangor, and there are fast rail links to London (under 3 hours) and the Midlands. Transfers from Manchester and Liverpool airports allow easy access from Europe and beyond, so boarding in one form or another is an attractive option for many families.
Boarders are cared for by experienced houseparents together with a team of tutors and matrons, all of whom work hard to create a convivial family atmosphere. Boarders very quickly come to view their house as a home from home, and build close relationships with other boarders and the house team.
The common areas of the house include a library or study area, kitchens with the necessary facilities to make snacks and open common rooms.
Bedrooms are bright, colourful and warm and the furnishings are sympathetically chosen for their appeal to young people.
Sixth Form pupils who elect to board at the school are given single or double study bedrooms and greater responsibility for themselves in line with their age and increased responsibility. At the same time, we fully recognise the school’s duty of care towards them, and the School Rules and code of conduct for pupils spell out the standards of behaviour that we expect from the bottom of the school to the top.
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Number of Day pupils: 364
Rydal Penrhos School has a mixed population of day pupils and pupils who board. Day pupils are those who live in the locality and who are able to return home in the evening.
Rydal Penrhos has approximately 364 day pupils. Every pupil is a member of a competitive house and if applicable is connected to a boarding house for competitions. Some pupils from the local area choose to board.
The school day is a full working day, which balances academic rigour with sporting opportunities and the large variety of clubs and societies available. Prep School finishes between 3.30pm and 4.10pm. Senior School finishes at 5.10pm (4.30pm on Fridays) in order to allow sufficient time for pupils to gain full benefit from everything the school has to offer.
We have a useful and very reliable transport service that collects pupils from home in the morning and takes them back when school ends. However, for many pupils, school does not end at the bell, and a large number take part in extra-curricular activities after school.
A number of day pupils also choose to board on a flexible basis to enable them to take advantage of the school facilities in the evenings and at weekends.
Senior school pupils often join boarders for the popular Weekend Activities Programme. Activities have included trips to Alton Towers, X-Factor style competitions, kayaking adventures, white water rafting, inter-house competitions, extra sport, city visits, art workshops and skiing trips.
We have introduced a substantially reduced fee for weekly boarding with up to 20% savings on the previous year’s fees
Weekly boarding allows pupils to take full advantage of the wide range of activities that extend beyond the 9 to 5 school day at Rydal Penrhos, but just as importantly it gives structured homework time for all boarders in the evening.
- Monday to Thursday boarding with the flexibility to add extra nights (subject to availability)
- Fully inclusive fee – no hidden extras for meals, laundry or evening activities
- Boarding houses for boys and girls
- Access to academic tutors every evening in the boarding houses
- Less time travelling; more time spent with friends building confidence and social maturity
- The option to take advantage of evening sports sessions including sailing and swimming
- The opportunity to work with our newly appointed Strength and Conditioning coach in the evening
For Year 12 and 13 pupils
- Weekly boarding is a great ‘stepping stone’ between home and university
- Many opportunities for academic enrichment after school – sixth-form lectures, academic societies, Business Club meetings
For more information please contact Head of Boarding, Mr Tim Cashell, TCashell@rydalpenrhos.com
Coming to study abroad is a daunting prospect, but at Rydal Penrhos our overseas pupils are fully integrated to ensure that they become active members of the school community right from the start. They are welcomed into the same boarding houses, the same competitive houses and the same tutor groups as every other pupil in the school.
There is a strong pastoral care framework in place to help all pupils with any issues they may face during their time here. Our houseparents provide invaluable support to boarders, and form tutors are on hand to help with any academic concerns. The Health Centre also plays a vital role in keeping pupils happy and healthy while they are away from home.
We embrace pupils from all countries and believe that our school community of 25 different nationalities provides a great opportunity for pupils and staff alike to learn more about the many cultures represented in the school.
Rydal Penrhos was founded in the Methodist tradition and a Christian ethos is at the heart of school life, however we welcome pupils from all faiths or none, and value this diversity.