Rydal Penrhos School
Conwy, United Kingdom
About Rydal Penrhos School
Rydal Penrhos School began its history in the 19th century. Rydal School was founded in 1885 by Thomas Osborn as a boys’ boarding school in the Methodist tradition. Penrhos College had been founded five years earlier, in 1880, by Thomas Payne as a girls’ boarding school, also in the Methodist tradition. In 1999, the two schools merged into a single foundation called Rydal Penrhos.
Rydal Penrhos Preparatory School is on a neighbouring site and offers co-education from age 3 to 11 years. Links between the Preparatory School and the Senior School are strong. Both schools have a Christian ethos with Chapel and prayers held daily.
The Senior School, which takes pupils from the age of 11 to 18 years, is also co-educational. Entry is normally into Year 7, by means of an entrance test, though there is also an intake into Year 9, particularly from prep schools, and into the Sixth form. Educational initiatives and development are always at the forefront of the school’s development planning; within the curriculum, the school offers a wide range of subjects at Key Stage 3, GCSE, and A-Level. The International Baccalaureate has been offered since 2004.
The Senior School is divided pastorally into the Lower School (Years 7 & 8) and four Houses (Year 9 upwards). Tutor groups are organised vertically, and pupils belong to a pastoral house throughout their time in the school. Teaching staff act as form tutors, with responsibility for groups made up of both day and boarding pupils. The boarding houses are allied to each pastoral house and are run by Housemasters/mistresses, all of whom teach in the school. Teaching staff make an important contribution to the boarding community through evening duties as house tutors and running and overseeing boarders’ activities at the weekends. Heads of Houses and the Lower School, together with tutors, oversee discipline, academic progress and overall pupil development.
As is to be expected of a successful boarding school, there is a rich extra-curricular programme of games, music, drama, art, and activities. The school’s location between the sea and the mountains means that sailing and outdoor education (including climbing and mountain expeditions) are important elements in that programme, which involves a wide range of teaching staff. Cultural, technical, community and creative options are also well represented.
The Senior School currently numbers around 400 with 200 in the Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory School. There are around 150 boarders accommodated across the five boarding houses.
The school is a member of the Society of Heads of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools' Bursars Association and the Boarding Schools Association and the Prep school is a member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools. The school is also an Associate member of the Methodist Independent Schools group.
For further information, please visit our website: www.rydal-penrhos.com.