Rydal Penrhos School

The Pre-Sixth

The Pre-Sixth is a one-year course for pupils for whom English is not their first language. Successful completion of the course should be ideal preparation for Sixth form study at Rydal Penrhos School; for both A-level and International Baccalaureate.

We are very proud of the academic successes enjoyed by past Pre-Sixth students. Furthermore, Rydal Penrhos offers a pastoral support structure which will nurture and encourage pupils in all areas of their school lives. Although the nature of pupils’ needs means that many classes are taught separately, Pre-Sixth pupils are very much part of Year 11 of the Senior School. Your son or daughter will soon feel very much part of our school community.

Pupils study subjects from the GCSE course in a broad range of disciplines alongside pupils in Years 10 and 11 (ages 14-16). The Pre-Sixth curriculum and planned examination programme for 2015/16 is as follows:

7 lessons of Science integrated with Year 10 (GCSE Science)
4 lessons of Maths (IGCSE Maths)
8 lessons of English (IGCSE English)
5 lessons of History (GCSE)
3 lessons of languages (from option a and b)
2 lessons of Games.
1 lesson of Personal Health & Social Education with Year 11

Pupils will also benefit from an afternoon of Games or Outdoor Education and, in addition to daily registration meetings, they will have a formal tutor group meeting each week. Pupils receiving support from either the Learning Support or the English as a Foreign Language Departments may experience a reduced GCSE programme.

Although Pre-Sixth pupils will have only completed five or six GCSEs, it is an expectation that they achieve a minimum of 5 A* – C grade GCSE passes. In order to study IB diploma or A-level only courses, pupils will normally be expected to secure a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B, or equivalent. It is an expectation that all pupils intending to study an IB or A-level academic discipline should have achieved at least a grade B or equivalent in that subject where applicable.

Find out more information about the Sixth form at Rydal Penrhos and the curriculum options

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Rydal Penrhos School
Pwllycrochan Avenue
Colwyn Bay
LL29 7BT

Tel: +44 (0)1492 530 155 (Senior)
Tel: +44 (0)1492 530 381 (Prep)
Fax: +44 (0)1492 531 872

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