Little things making a big difference at Rydal Penrhos
April 20, 2021

Focusing on the little things at Rydal Penrhos over the last year has made a massive difference.

It has been a difficult 12 months for everybody across the globe due to COVID-19. This has not escaped Rydal Penrhos and its ability to educate, with the school adapting quickly to produce an exceptional online learning provision that was implemented to make sure ambitions and goals remain as they did before the pandemic took hold around the country and beyond.

While other schools across the country struggled to cope with these additional demands, Rydal Penrhos has thrived.

If coronavirus taught us anything, it’s that the little things in our lives matter the most.

Not the flashy holidays abroad or the luxuries in life. But spending time with family, friends and classmates is the sort of quality time everybody took for granted and missed terribly at various stages over the last year.

At Rydal Penrhos, we have focused on the little things to improve the quality of education provided.

This has seen some outstanding examination results at A Level and GCSE, some eye-catching numbers relating to value-added and pupils’ progression in fields of interest such as Music, Sport and Drama bringing some notable achievements despite the obvious difficult circumstances regarding learning from the comfort of their own homes.

The results of this outstanding commitment from staff are there for all to see.

Rydal Penrhos has recruited 70 new pupils to the school since September – yet another strong indicator that things are trending in the right direction since the appointment of a new leadership team led by Executive Principal John Waszek, Prep School Head Lucy Davies and Senior School Head Sally-Ann Harding.

Focusing on the little things and getting them right has played a crucial role in this.

Over the last year, 300,000 combined pupil lessons have been taught online or on-site under strict social distancing guidelines. This represents a remarkable achievement from everyone associated with the school – with everyone from teaching staff, support staff, senior leadership, governors, pupils and parents playing their part.

It’s not just academically where this has been evident.

The school’s extra-curricular and outdoor education programme has been able to carry on where it can in difficult times, with elements such as Coastal School, Forest School, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, the Combined Cadet Force, Sailing and sports fixtures resuming more frequently once restrictions allow.

Whether it is the Estates team improving areas of the campus, our admissions team providing expert support and guidance, assisted learning needs on hand to help in any way they can, or a friendly face welcoming visitors and pupils at reception, it’s these little things that are clearly having a tremendous impact.

This has enabled Rydal Penrhos to look forward to the future, rather than approach it with a sense of trepidation in the current COVID-19 climate. Plans are being formed to ensure a sustainable and thriving future for the school, with every decision made for the benefit of its pupils moving forward.

We couldn’t have done this without incredible support.

Everyone involved can be enormously proud of their approach during their most unprecedented of times. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have a brilliant Rydal Penrhos community who are all pulling in the same direction.


Anyone wishing to enquire about Rydal Penrhos School can do so by calling 01492 530155, email admissions@rydalpenrhos.com or register your interest online here: https://rydalpenrhos.com/admissions/apply-now.

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