Each academic year at Rydal Penrhos, two Year 7 and two Year 12 fully-funded places are awarded to bright children, currently in a state school, who live in North Wales and who are financially eligible.

Occasionally, fully-funded places are available in other academic years, and information about these is available from the admissions department.

For more information on these see below or contact admissions@rydalpenrhos.com or call 01492 530155 and press 3 for admissions.

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FULLY FUNDED PLACES

Fully Funded Places

This is an award for which an application must be made.

Each academic year at Rydal Penrhos, two Year 7 and two Year 12 fully-funded places are awarded to bright children who are financially eligible.

Occasionally, fully-funded places are available in other academic years, and information about these is available from the Admissions Department.

Pupil criteria: The Year 7 places are awarded with reference to school reports, a Cognitive Ability Test and an interview with a senior member of staff.

The Year 12 places are allocated on the basis of achieved or predicted GCSE grades, a Cognitive Ability Test, school reports and an interview with a senior member of staff.

Parental criteria: These are means-tested awards, intended as an “opportunity” for a bright child or young person residing in North Wales who is currently being educated within the state school system. The scheme is transparent and is based upon financial criteria. If a candidate is eligible, his or her parents / carers will be subject to a financial assessment which is limited to circumstances in which the combined family income is less than £35,000 per annum, with there being are no other significant assets which could be monetised. This process is carried out by an external assessor, and will include publicly-available data which is not part of the submission; in addition, a home visit will be made (in line with any social distancing guidelines which may be in force at the time) so as to establish the family’s suitability for the award.

Once a candidate is awarded a fully-funded place, he or she will retain this benefit until he or she leaves at the end of Year 13, assuming that he or she remains an exemplary member of the Rydal Penrhos community and is not subject to any meaningful change in circumstances.

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SCHOLARSHIP PREMIUMS

 

SCHOLARSHIP PREMIUMS 

These are awards for which no application needs to be made.

Every academic year, Rydal Penrhos School also offers scholarships to children with ‘exceptional talent’.

These scholarships are open to pupils already within the School as well as to those joining Rydal Penrhos, and are based on testing and / or results and interviews. These awards are not means-tested, and there is no limit to the number of them that can be granted.

Academic Scholarships: These may be awarded to pupils on entry to any academic year from Year 7 upwards following a Cognitive Ability Test and an interview with a senior member of staff. In the case of entrants to Year 12, projected or actual GCSE results are considered, alongside a Cognitive Ability Test and an interview with a senior member of staff. The reward is the title of scholar, along with a scholarship premium of £500 per annum for the pupil to further his or her academic studies through the purchase of books or equipment. A mentor will be allocated to the pupil for this purpose, and half-termly meetings will be held to discuss the pupil’s progress and to support the latter in spending the money wisely and appropriately.

Art, Drama, Sport & Music Scholarships: These may also be awarded to pupils with ‘exceptional talent’ at any point during their School career in Years 7 to 13. The reward is the title of scholar,

along with a scholarship premium of £500 per annum for the pupil to further his or her talent through the purchase of books or equipment. A mentor will be allocated to the pupil for this purpose, and half-termly meetings will be held to discuss the pupil’s progress and to support the latter in spending the money wisely and appropriately.

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BURSARIES

 

BURSARIES 

These may be applied for upon receipt of a scholarship.

If a pupil is awarded a scholarship in any discipline, he or she then becomes eligible to apply for a bursary (which is effectively fee assistance) if certain criteria are met.

The pupil’s parents/carers will be subject to a financial assessment which is limited to circumstances in which the combined family income is less than £60,000 per annum, with there being are no other significant assets which could be monetised. This process is carried out by an external assessor, and will include publicly-available data which is not part of the submission; in addition, a home visit will be made (in line with any social distancing guidelines which may be in force at the time) so as to establish the family’s suitability for the award.

Following this initial “full” check, a brief financial assessment will take place annually for the following three years using the household income figures provided by PAYE P60 forms, tax returns etc.; in the fourth year, the “full” assessment by the external assessor will be repeated, and the cycle will start again.

If all of the checks indicate that a family is eligible for a bursary, this will be awarded on a sliding scale; the latter starts with a 100% reduction of fees for an income of less than £35,000* per household. Then, for every £2,500* increase in income, there will be a 10% reduction in fees assistance until the £60, 000* figure is reached which constitutes the cut-off point for any bursary awards. (*This figure is made up from income, lifestyle choices and assets.)

Once a candidate is awarded a scholarship premium and/or a bursary place, he or she will retain this benefit until he or she leaves at the end of Year 13, assuming that he or she remains an exemplary member of the Rydal Penrhos community and is not subject to any meaningful change in circumstances.

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