Dr Mark Baker to dish out Prep School challenge prizes
December 3, 2020

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil will be returning to his roots this week.

Dr Mark Baker will be the special guest to hand out prizes to Rydal Penrhos Prep School pupils following their ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ themed challenges on Friday 4 December.

The former pupil attended the Prep School before moving on to Rydal Penrhos senior school, has been in the spotlight in recent weeks after Gwrych Castle was chosen to host the hit ITV reality show that has seen a rating surge with a new format.

Dr Baker began the project to restore the castle back to its former glory whilst still a pupil at Rydal Penrhos.

The Grade I listed site was left to rot for decades, but the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust has worked tirelessly over the last decade to restore prominent rooms and gardens across the picturesque area.

The trust bought the castle in 2018 and a substantial effort from Dr Baker and the Trust enabled its grounds to be opened to the public soon after.

Prep pupils have been taking part in daily mini-challenges themselves in their bubble groups, which concludes on Friday with the winners from each class facing a final challenge/trial that will involve following a series of clues to escape from the school cellars – which has been thoroughly examined and risk assessed by senior staff.

Dr Baker will present the certificates following the challenge and there might also be time for pupils to ask questions to the alumnus about his time at the school and the castle.

Rydal Penrhos pupils have been involved in assisting Dr Baker with the project over the years, with the school’s community action days seeing various year groups spend time at the picturesque site during a clean-up project.

This is just one amazing success story regarding community involvement regarding pupils old and new from Rydal Penrhos over the years, which is all part of the school’s ethos.


Rydal Penrhos is now able to offer private tours to prospective pupils and their families.

For more information email admissions@rydalpenrhos.com or book online at https://rydal.wpengine.com/open-days-visits.