We believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that they can mine to support themselves and to succeed in life.

Our aim to provide exceptional pastoral care permeates every aspect of life within the school.  Our core values of respect, compassion and independence are at the heart of all that we do.

Expectations are high, in terms of manners, discipline and general behaviour, and there is a strong rapport between staff and pupils.

This comes from a sense of mutual respect which comes through working together in a supportive and caring environment. We treat each pupil as an individual, and provide the framework to support and promote growing confidence and self-assurance.

That framework includes regular school assemblies with many and varied moral messages, frequent talks by outside speakers, and workshops run by staff.

We believe that each pupil should make the most of their abilities whatever the activity – be it academic, drama, music, sport, art or technology – whether as part of the curriculum or through the extensive activities programme.

We are entirely committed to helping each boy gain this sense of achievement, and provide multiple opportunities to encourage our wonderful pupils to find their niche.



The motto on our school badge declares simply and boldly: Veritas, Scientia, Fides, which translates as ‘Truth, Knowledge, Faith’.

What the exact relationship is between those three concepts will differ depending on who you ask. But as a school founded by Christian men and women in the Methodist tradition, it has always been important to say that our search for truth and our acquisition of knowledge goes on in the context of our faith.

Faith is not there to restrict that search or limit that knowledge, but it is there to offer a framework within which that search may be conducted and to offer guidance about what we do with what we learn.

This is where the values that the Methodist Church has always treasured are so important. In a report carried out in 2008 by the Social Research Centre at Roehampton University, the following words were repeatedly used to describe that elusive ingredient in Methodist school life – its ethos:

  • Friendliness and happiness
  • A welcoming, family atmosphere
  • Inclusiveness and openness to diversity
  • Understanding of others, tolerance of different views
  • Teaching of Christian values
  • Good discipline
  • Responsiveness to the individual learning and emotional needs of pupils
  • Strong pastoral care
  • An emphasis on being kind and thoughtful towards others
  • A concern for the global dimension of learning and life

Our ethos does not just magically appear out of nowhere; it is something we have worked hard to create and something we work hard at maintaining.

It would be easy just to teach students lots of facts, but to educate for life means first building up a community with spiritual backbone and then making young people feel they can belong to it. The existence of a full-time chaplain at the school is an acknowledgement of just how important this ethos is and of the need to nurture it constantly.

As chaplain, I could say my role is the successful delivery of corporate acts of worship. Although these are regular, important and hopefully enjoyable, for me chaplaincy means so much more: it is about opening doors, making invitations, holding out alternative possibilities.

Such choices can be offered at all times and in all places: in classroom discussions or in chance conversations; in the chapel or on the touchline.

The joyful variety of everyday life in the school means that there is no point at which you can say that the sacred stops and the secular begins. Someone once joked: ‘God is not dead, but alive and well and working on a much less ambitious project’.

Accordingly, I hold out the hope that for every pupil in our community the ordinary everyday life at Rydal Penrhos School might just be the place for an encounter with the divine.

Reverend Nick Sissons, Chaplain.



In addition to the strong pastoral framework provided by form tutors and Heads of School, the Health Centre plays a vital role in keeping pupils happy and healthy whilst they are away from home.

The Health Centre is a specifically designated, fully equipped health care facility situated opposite the Senior school in the Bursary building.

The Health Centre is staffed by qualified and dedicated nurses who available to provide 24-hour advice and care as required.

Telephone : 01492 539729

E-mail: healthcentre@rydalpenrhos.com



At Rydal Penrhos Prep School, our dedicated chefs and catering staff strive to create menus that are healthy, delicious and which provide plenty of variety and interest.

These include hot meals (with a vegetarian option), cold meals including salad, delicious fruit and puddings.

Themed lunches are very popular at the Prep school; in particular, the Chinese banquets.

Catering providers Holroyd Howe are a leading company that specialise in providing a balanced, nutritious menu that is designed to keep our pupils focused and healthy during their time in school.



At Rydal Penrhos Prep School we have a dedicated team of staff who ensure that each child is catered for in their own specific way, and that they receive all the care and support they need both during and after school.

Each year group is designated with a form tutor that will guide them through the academic year, which gives our pupils a solid foundation to enable them to not only learn, but enjoy life here.

This platform is one of the keys to a successful education, and the passionate commitments of these tutors guarantees that pupils are supported, nurtured and taught in the best possible way.