As a school we maintain that literacy and numeracy need to be core areas of learning, but there is still plenty of additional learning that takes place outside the classroom.

We are based in a stunning part of the world here in Colwyn Bay, and we maximise the use of our surroundings to ensure that every child benefits considerably from the Rydal Penrhos experience.
Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.


Rydal Penrhos Forest School (Coed y Plant) makes use of our unique woodland setting to promote an innovative approach to outdoor learning.

The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.

The programme originated in Scandinavia and is underpinned by thorough research into the learning behaviour of children at an early age and how best to develop this.



Sport is an important part of our school life and all the pupils are encouraged to understand the value of and enjoy physical exercise.

Equal opportunity, full participation and fair play are emphasised through both team games and individual pursuits.

The splendid indoor and outdoor facilities, many of which are shared with the senior school, Rydal Penrhos, allow us to offer a really broad range of sports to our pupils.



Within the Pre Prep department, music lessons revolve around developing skills and having fun.

Through singing, playing instruments, challenging performance work and musical performance appraisal, children are introduced to all areas of the world of music. Initially we help them to develop a strong sense of rhythm and pitch through games and songs.

They then progress onto singing technique, musicality and musical appraisal, allowing them to appreciate and perform a wealth of different music. Performance is at the heart of what we do in the music department, and the children perform frequently and are coached to a high standard.

The music room is a fun, inclusive and creative enviroment in which your children also develop hand-eye coordination, team work and communication skills, numeracy, literacy and learn more about the world we live in.

Children also have access to individual instrumental tuition weekly with our visiting tutors.



We also offer Dance lessons for those that require it and are regularly visited by some of the leaders in their respective fields, who are happy to pass on some of the tricks of the trade to our eager children.

The dance experience provides plenty of physical challenges, which go on to promote positive attitudes to learning.

It also teaches pupils the importance of physical activity and its contribution to a healthy lifestyle.



Each child within Rydal Penrhos’ Pre-Prep department is offered the opportunity to express themselves through our Drama provision, which teaches them the basic skills needed to perform on stage and build the confidence needed to do so.

The annual Pre-Prep Nativity show over the Christmas period is always one of the most exciting occasions on the school calendar, and the additional Speech and Drama programme is another outstanding method to develop skills in this particular field.



Our regular gym classes provide the opportunity for pupils to be creative, competitive and work together cooperatively in a variety of different contexts.

The different learning experiences within each lesson encourages moral, social and cultural development alongside personal growth in terms of self-confidence and self-esteem.

Gym classes strive to give each child intellectual and physical challenges, which promote positive attitudes to learning.