Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.

In addition to the outstanding academic and extra-curricular education we provide here at Rydal Penrhos School, we have also implemented a Pastoral system that is second-to-none and enables each child and young adult under our care to feel happy, safe and supported.

This enables them to get the very most of their time within the classroom, and we are always striving to maintain excellentstandards in areas such as wellbeing and mental health.

THE TUTOR SYSTEM

The wellbeing of each and every pupil is at the heart of everything we do in school; a happy child is also a child who will learn effectively and make the most of the many opportunities Rydal Penrhos offers. At the heart of our pastoral care is the Tutor System.

Every pupil in the school belongs to one of four competitive School Houses (Morgan, Osborn, Payne and Wesley), and each pupil is also a member of a tutor group. A tutor group is made up of around 12 pupils and the form tutor meets the group formally in a timetabled period once a week, as well as registering them twice each day.

Each tutor in Years 7 and 8 is part of the Lower School team, tutors in Year 9, 10 and 11 are part of the Middle School, and Years 12 and 13 tutors are part of the Sixth form team.

A system of tutor cards (interim reports by teachers) enables regular monitoring of academic progress, so that good work can be commended, and any problems can be identified and addressed. Tutor cards, often with a self-assessment, are also seen by the Headmaster and the Deputy Head. A tutor will get to know tutees well and will encourage their wider interests and participation in extra-curricular activities, and the cultural and sporting life of the school.

For parents, the tutor is an important first point of contact, and parents are always welcome to email tutors with any queries or concerns they may have.

PEER MENTORING

The Peer Mentoring Programme at Rydal Penrhos helps pupils to learn how to support each other by offering a listening ear. Volunteers from Year 11 and above attend an eight-week training course in which they learn basic counselling and mentoring skills, giving them the ability to:

  • act as a support to younger pupils
  • provide support and encouragement for these pupils
  • help their mentee to explore ways to move forward for themselves

Mentors also benefit from training by:

  • Improving communication and personal skills
  • increasing confidence and motivation
  • understanding how to offer empathy without taking sides
  • benefiting from a sense of fulfilment and personal growth
  • developing leadership skills

All Year 7 & 8 pupils are assigned a peer mentor who will help them to settle in, make progress and to achieve their full potential within school life. Mentors are supported by two trained mentoring teachers.

SCHOOL COUNSELLOR

Our counselling service is available to any pupil and is very much part of the strong tradition of pastoral support within the school.

The School Counsellor, Tracey Boothby:

Availability: All day Thursday 8.30am till 5.30pm with a lunchtime drop in and Fridays from 8.30pm till 12pm.

Other Friday times can be made available upon request. Appointments for Prep School pupils can be made on Friday mornings.

Location: Mrs Boothby has a room in the Memorial Quad that is separate from main school and private.

Health Centre

In addition to the strong pastoral framework provided by form tutors, heads of year and the Head of Pastoral care, the Health Centre plays a vital role in keeping pupils happy and healthy whilst they are away from home.

The Medical Team

Sister in Charge: Peta Stevens RGN

Nursing Assistant: Deborah Edwards NVQ Level 3, QA Level 3

The Health Centre

Telephone and fax: 01492 539729

E-mail: healthcentre@rydalpenrhos.com

The Health Centre is a specifically designated, fully equipped health care facility situated opposite the senior school on the junction of Landsdowne Road and Pwllycrochan Avenue.

It is staffed by qualified and dedicated nurses who are available to provide twenty-four hour advice and care as required.