Rydal Penrhos School Bucks Trend with Exceptional A-Level Success
August 17, 2023

Rydal Penrhos is celebrating another year of exceptional A-Level examination results and top university destinations.

The announcement of this year’s results revealed that 40% of pupils had attained a pass rate at A* or A, compared to a Welsh national average of 34%.

91% of Rydal Penrhos pupils achieved A* to C grades; a figure that remains unchanged from 2022, despite widespread grade deflation across the country following recent Covid-adjusted results.

For the fourth consecutive year, Rydal Penrhos recorded a 100% pass rate (A* to E).

Among a host of exceptional individual achievements, Year 13 pupil Moli Birkinshaw achieved 2A*s and 1A and a place at the University of Oxford, where she will read Economics and Management.

Henry Battersby secured 2A*s and 1A and a place at the University of Bath. “I have had two children enjoy an education at Rydal Penrhos,” said Mrs Battersby, Henry’s mother, “and both have been extremely successful. Thank you, Rydal Penrhos.” Henry said, “while I am very sad to be leaving Rydal Penrhos, they have prepared me well for the next stage of life.”

Ethan Bytheway scored 3A*s and an A* in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The talented musician will now study Aeronautical Engineering at Durham University.

Gregory Perry will begin his MEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh following 2A* and 2A grades, while Deputy Head Girl Elodie Commissaris will read History at the University of Exeter thanks to 2A*s and 1A, and an A* in the EPQ.

Josh Stewart, who secured 1A* and 2As, will study Biochemistry at the University of Warwick, while Wales U18 golf star Charley Simpson will travel to the USA after securing a scholarship at the University of Idaho.

Executive Principal John Waszek said:

“Congratulations to our pupils on their exceptional results and first-rate university destinations. Once again, the impact of outstanding teaching and class-leading facilities at Rydal Penrhos is clear for all to see.

“Despite a national decline in grades and an increasingly competitive university applications process, Rydal Penrhos pupils continue to secure their first-choice university destinations.

“I would like to thank teachers, parents, and family members for their invaluable contribution to today’s success, and wish the Class of 2023 the very best in the future.”