It’s hard to imagine a more joyful place to begin an education than Rydal Penrhos Prep School. A school where the learning process doesn’t end at the bell, where every day is an adventure and a smile is part of the uniform.


At Rydal Penrhos Prep School, we strive to provide all pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum, generally following the National Curriculum for Wales and the standards set out by the DFE in the Primary National Strategies.

The curriculum is linked to that of the senior school, to enable a smooth transition between the schools. From Year 3 to 6, Maths and English are taught as form subjects and all the others are taught by subject specialists.

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At Rydal Penrhos Prep School, we are ambitious on behalf of every one of our pupils as unique individuals, and we aim to support their development into well-rounded learners who are fully equipped with the resourcefulness to embrace whatever lies ahead in the rapidly changing global marketplace that they will grow into. We have designed our curriculum to capture the fun, inquisitiveness and creativity that we believe should lie at the very core of teaching and learning.

For more information regarding our curriculum, please see our dedicated Prep School curriculum page.

The School Day

Our Prep is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday term time only.

Wrap around care operates from 8am to 8.30am and then from 3.30pm to 6pm Monday to Friday term time only. There is no charge for early morning wrap around care, and no need to pre-book. After-school wrap around care sessions involve an additional charge and must be booked via SchoolsBuddy.

Extra-Curricular Clubs and Societies

We are proud of our strong academic ethos here at Rydal Penrhos, which forms the core of our outstanding provision.

Children are also encouraged to take advantage of the varied extra-curricular clubs available. Most take place after school at 3.30pm.

The timetable of clubs is dependent upon the time of year, the number of pupils involved and the facilities available.

Parents and pupils will be issued with a timetable of clubs soon after the beginning of the academic year (or each term if there are to be amendments/seasonal changes).

Some clubs support inter-schools competitions and may occasionally require attendance out of school hours and during weekends. Children and parents will be advised on such occasions via a letter from the teacher in charge.

Rydal Penrhos also offers specialist music lessons upon request, with more information and booking available by emailing prep@rydalpenrhos.com.

Forest School

Rydal Penrhos Prep has the most incredible woodland area available on site and so it is a natural progression for us to have developed comprehensive ‘Forest School’ provision.

This exciting natural environment focuses on providing a safe outdoor learning experience, one in which children are encouraged to explore, discover, investigate and to take suitable risks.

What could be a better way for children to learn than being outside and discovering things for themselves?

Our chosen theme may be based on a personal attribute, such as co-operation or creativity; helping to encourage personal development; or it may be based on a curriculum topic – mathematics, history, art or science; or it may be more overtly about the forest – wildlife, habitats, trees, sticks, or weather-related.

Whatever the theme, our Forest School offers all the children wonderful opportunities for learning at many levels.

Weekly Sessions

Prep children attend sessions in these areas on a weekly basis, whatever the weather!

The Forest School programme originated in Scandinavia and is underpinned by research into the learning behaviour of children at an early age and how best to develop this. The fundamental aims of which are to develop:-

  • Self-awareness.
  • Self-regulation.
  • Intrinsic motivation.
  • Empathy.
  • Good social communication skills.
  • Independence.
  • A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence.
  • A healthy respect for the natural environment.
Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

When a child enters the school, all parents complete a Medical Questionnaire which provides us with all the essential relevant medical and dietary information, plus emergency contact telephone numbers in case of illness, injury and or unforeseen events.

Every child who enters Rydal Penrhos Prep School becomes a member of a class, and Class Teachers have the immediate responsibility for pastoral care and for monitoring the progress of all of the pupils in their class.

Every child also belongs to a school house.

The school may make changes to the composition of class or teaching groups from time to time. Any changes to groupings will be made after careful consideration and consultation with relevant members of staff.

New Pupils

All new pupils are involved in an induction programme when they join the school. This includes guidance about school procedures and expectations.

New pupils will be linked with a ‘buddy’ in their own class who will guide them around the school and show them the routine, to help ensure that their settling in is as smooth as possible.


It is very important for us as a school to communicate well with parents and so we report on children’s progress in several different ways, both structured and in a more informal way. Parents receive two full academic reports each year on their child, one in February and one in July.

There is also a parents’ evening in October, which is an opportunity to catch up at the start of the academic year and to see how they are settling in, and how work is progressing.

Communication Channels  

The Class Teacher is normally the first communication link between parents and the school. This can be done either via email (preferred) or by telephone.

The Head Teacher is always happy to meet with parents by appointment.

Any reply slips sent out with electronic letters should be responded to via email prep@rydalpenrhos.com.

Other notes may also be handed to the School Reception Office. Email replies are acceptable as most correspondence from the school is now sent via email.

Reporting to Parents  

There are two Parents’ Evenings during the academic year when parents are invited to attend a meeting with their child’s class teacher. This is for all year groups including Pre-School.

Details of dates and times of these meetings are entered on the school calendar and invitation letters are sent out prior to the meeting date. The staff at Rydal Penrhos Prep School are always willing to speak with parents about a child’s progress or any queries, worries or concerns which parents may have.

Anyone wishing to make an appointment with a class teacher or Pre-School keyworker, they are asked to email the Class Teacher or telephone the School Reception Office where a note of their request will be sent to the teacher concerned.

Please note that it is very difficult for teachers to make telephone calls to parents during the school day, but they will always endeavour to contact parents or return calls after the end of the classroom hours. Written progress reports are available each term.

Class Reps Forum – Parent Representatives  

We have an established Class Representative system across the Prep School. The Class Representative role has been introduced as an important means by which the school can communicate with all parents, welcome new families into the school and seek parental assistance at school activities and social events.

Class Representatives collate and hold a parent contact list (with the permission of parents). They meet each half term together and with the Head to provide feedback.

School Events

Parents and friends are warmly encouraged to attend school functions (e.g. matches, services, choral and musical occasions and drama productions).

These events are normally listed on our website calendar, or you are informed by letter or email. We do encourage parents to check the website, their emails and their child’s online class Microsoft Team and school bag for information relating to events and activities.