With Science and Technology being a significant part of daily life, our programme is practical, relevant and fun in order to appreciate, develop an understanding of, and relate to the world around them.

Science, technology and innovation each represent a successively larger category of activities which are highly interdependent but distinct.

With a rich and proud history of proven academic examination achievements, we fully understand the importance both Science and Technology play in obtaining employment in the working world and boosting overall development in each pupil.

Biology

Biology at Rydal Penrhos School is a popular subject which allows our students to explore the natural world, with particular emphasis on the development of skills to carry out rigorous scientific enquiry. Students are introduced to Biology through exciting ever-developing topics which range from Genetic Engineering to Biodiversity and Climate Change.

All pupils take either Dual Award Science (equivalent to two GCSEs) or the three individual science GCSEs in Biology, Physics and Chemistry; they are taught all three sciences by specialist teachers within the respective subject areas.

A-level Biology is an important subjectwhich is required for many higher level courses and careers, and we have many pupils who successfully enter Higher Education to read Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences, Marine Biology, Sports Science and Forensics. It also complements many other subjects, whether they be sciences or arts; it is rapidly becoming the science for this century, as our ability to manipulate DNA fundamentally changes many of the ways in which we live and work.

Biology is a very ‘hands-on’ subject, with practical work taking place both inside and outside the laboratory. Students are also taught key skills in ICT, including Excel data analysis and the use of referencing software, and this helps to prepare them for the demands of their Higher Education courses; visits are also made to Manchester in order to use the latest gene technology equipment and attend lectures from leading Biologists in their field.

Chemistry

Chemistry at Rydal Penrhos School is not just a “flash in the pan” subject with a particular penchant for practical skills. We aim to discover the hidden secrets that the ancients could not see.

The journey starts with a nucleus of an idea, orbiting around the concept until we gain sufficient impetus to become highly charged about a particular subject. We then deviate along rainbow streets with chromatic colours and separate off into individual aspects of the course.

For GCSE Science at Rydal Penrhos, pupils have the opportunity to study Chemistry as a separate subject or as part of the Dual Award Science course.  Pupils then have the opportunity to study Chemistry at A-level. We have been successful in regional and national competitions across the key stages.

We have many pupils who successfully enter further education to study Medical, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences.

 

Physics

The study of Physics is an attempt to understand everything that we can observe and measure in the universe, from the infinitesimally small to the infinitely large: from the beginning of the universe in the Big Bang, to its ultimate fate.

For GCSE science at Rydal Penrhos, pupils have the opportunity to study Physics as a separate subject or as part of the Dual Award Science course. In the Sixth Form, pupils can opt to study A Level Physics. In recent years, pupils have gone on to study Physics and Engineering at Cambridge University, Astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Particle Physics at Royal Holloway.

A pupil who has studied Physics is always in high demand for the many careers that value an ability to think logically and analytically and to solve complex problems including the sciences, engineering, computing, finance and management.

Physics is necessarily a practical subject where students undertake many experiments at all levels of the school. Full use is made of modern teaching techniques and resources including computer animations, simulations, independent learning and trips out of school such as lecture trips to Manchester and Liverpool Universities and visits to facilities such as Dinorwic Power Station.

Computer Science

We have recently introduced Computer Science to our curriculum, giving each pupil the chance to hone their skills and develop a wider understanding of the ever-changing world of digital technology.

This exciting addition to an already thriving curriculum has already proved highly beneficial, particularly with younger members of the school community.

Design Technology

The Design and Technology (DT) Department at Rydal Penrhos School is a lively, stimulating environment where pupils learn and develop an array of design techniques.

Throughout their time in the school pupils create projects using various materials, which they are able to take home.

Past projects have included designing and making robots, musical instruments, furniture, radios, clocks, lamps, and many others. Pupils are also set technical challenges to solve as a team.

Studying DT can lead on to a wide range of rewarding degree courses such as architecture, engineering, computer design, education/teaching/college or university lecturing, industrial design and product design.

All of these professions are ideally suited to the person who wants a creative, imaginative and technically challenging career with excellent prospects.

Each pupil has DT lessons in Years 7, 8 and 9. They then have the option to take DT as a GCSE and an A-level subject.

In recent years the DT Department has been particularly successful and has gained national recognition and won numerous awards for innovation.

Prep School

The emphasis of the Science department at Rydal Penrhos Prep School is on developing enquiring minds and thinking skills.

Children in the Prep Department benefit from the use of their own large, well-equipped science laboratory and access to the ICT suite to apply their ICT skills within a scientific context.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) contributes to the school curriculum at Rydal Penrhos Prep School by preparing our pupils to participate in a rapidly changing society in which work and other forms of activity are increasingly dependent on ICT.

The subject develops pupils’ information skills, including the ability to use information sources and ICT tools to help them find, explore, develop, analyse, exchange and present information and to support their problem solving, investigative and expressive work. Pupils also develop understanding of the implications of ICT for working life and society.

The use of ICT significantly enhances teaching and learning in other subjects by enabling rapid access to knowledge, information and experiences from a wide range of sources. The use of ICT throughout the curriculum encourages critical thinking, imagination and creativity, problem-solving, initiative and independence, teamwork and reflection.