Rydal Penrhos School

Examination results

Results 2016: A-level, International Baccalaureate and GCSE


The school achieved a 96.8 per cent pass rate for their efforts in another superb set of results in 2016.

Once again A* and A were the most frequently awarded marks, with 34.9 per cent gaining the top grades, an increase of 3.4% from the previous year.

In addition 60.3 per cent of entries achieved passes at A*- B, which is a 3.8% hike from 2015.

A* – C grades reached their highest total in three years at 76.2 per cent.

Head boy Shaswath Ganapathi, of Colwyn Bay, was rewarded with two A* grades in Biology and Chemistry, while also achieving two A’s in Mathematics and Physics, and will now go on to study Medicine at the University of Birmingham.

Other pupils celebrating success are Egle Budrevicuite and Chino Iwobi, who picked up a pair of A* grades, while Alex Bytheway gained one A* and three A’s and will head to York University to study Chemistry.

James Sanders gained two A*’s in Maths and Further Maths earning him a place at Durham University (Computer Science), and Lloyd Parry-Williams, having not applied for university before the results were revealed, has now set in sights on a place after gaining an A* and two A’s.

Chemistry pupils at the Colwyn Bay school gained superb results, with 75 per cent of pupils achieving A*-B grades.

The modern languages department also achieved impressive grades with every pupil studying French, German or Chinese obtaining A-C marks.

International Baccalaureate

The school maintained its high calibre of IB results this year with a large number of candidates achieving exceptional results well above the worldwide average of 30.07 points.

In total, the school achieved an average score of 33 in the internationally-recognised diploma, with two candidates scoring 40 points or more – the equivalent of over four A* graded A-levels.

The standout performer was Anjalina Mitra, who achieved an incredible 44 points, one point from a perfect score, and the talented pupil will now go on to study Economics and Maths at the prestigious London School of Economics.

This achievement also puts the 17 year-old in the top one per cent of total scores worldwide.

Hannah Patrick, an upper sixth pupil last year, scored 40, while other scores of note came from German pupil Karl Holthaus, who scored 37, with Molly Jones and Tobias Broering both scoring 35 for their efforts throughout the two-year course.

There were 12 top scores of seven achieved by pupils from the Colwyn Bay school.

Russell Group universities are accepting applicants with 35 points or over, and no fewer than nine Rydal Penrhos pupils managed to achieve this feat.


The school announced that 91 per cent of the 389 subjects taken had been passed with an A*-C grade.

In addition, an impressive 46.8 per cent of these were awarded an A*-A mark, with the number of candidates achieving five GCSEs at A*-C recorded at 93.2%.

The highest performing subject was biology, which topped the table with 90 per cent of candidates gaining an A*-A grade.

Other impressive results came from English Literature, which had 76 per cent for A*-A, while other top performers included Physics (65%), Chemistry (60%), Maths (59.1%) and Religious Studies (56.3%).

Four out of the five pupils who took part in the Physical Education module achieved A*-A, while all six pupils sitting the Chinese exam gained either A*-A grade for their efforts, and 70 per cent of Art pupils were awarded graded A*-B.

The average of GCSEs obtained by each pupil was eight, with subjects such as Drama, Design Technology, English First Language and Home Economics all gaining a 100 per cent pass rate (A*-C).

Site information

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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