Rydal Penrhos pupil Juan Rajagopal’s degree success is the latest example of the accomplishments throughout the school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stretching beyond the academic curriculum at Rydal Penrhos
The difficulties for pupils and the wider educational system during the COVID-19 pandemic are well documented and still being felt across the country. But even with such distractions and restrictions, young learners at Rydal Penrhos were still able to accomplish a significant amount in ever-changing circumstances.
Responding to changes quickly and effectively is something the school has taken a great deal of pride in throughout the pandemic. This has been reflected by strong examination results at both GCSE and A Level, in addition to our exceptionally high value-added scores and the progress we have seen across every year group thanks to the sterling efforts of staff and learners.
Rydal Penrhos’ comprehensive online learning provision and expert support system enabled pupils to reach and often exceed their goals. Something they will all look back on in years to come with an enormous sense of pride.
Alongside all of those things the school is known for and which are now back on the curriculum such as activities, trips, sporting fixtures, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and Combined Cadet Force, the Rydal Penrhos Sixth Form encourages stretching learning beyond the curriculum. Staff are also keen to nurture academic talent and ambition through supporting MOOCS and other alternative beneficial educational learning.
Recently we received a wonderful piece of news surrounding one Sixth Form pupil that further reflects the notion of what was achieved in the face of pandemic adversity.
Juan Rajagopal, who is part of the school’s Year 13 contingent about to embark on the next stage of their journey, worked tirelessly on a Mathematics degree course with the Open University alongside his A Level studies. This resulted in successfully attaining his 1st Class Bachelor of Science (Honours).
This represents a monumental accomplishment for Juan, who joined Rydal Penrhos in Year 7 and has flourished across multiple areas under the guidance of our staff team. Juan studied Physics, Chemistry and Further Mathematics, with the pupil also doing an AS Level in Economics after earning some phenomenal GCSE results.
Juan’s first-class degree came at a time when academic progress was being hindered across the country. The effect of this will be felt for some time, but it’s another strong reflection on Rydal Penrhos going above and beyond the call of duty to put our pupils – whether they be in Prep or about to leave for the next stage of their journey – in the right position to succeed.
Examples like this are a testament to the work put in by everyone involved. But it’s equally as rewarding to see pupils flourishing in a safe, happy environment on a daily basis after so long without interaction and quality time in school with their classmates.
This is at the forefront of all we do at Rydal Penrhos. Small class sizes focus on the individual and we are proud to boast outstanding pastoral care, excellent teaching and a powerful extra-curricular programme which is designed to enable each pupil to live his or her life to the full, both whilst at school and afterwards.
The school can best be judged by meeting our pupils, who are invariably well-mannered, kind, respectful, well-educated, hardworking, excellent company and good fun.
They are also proof that no matter what hurdles lie in front of them, anything can be achieved. Something that will stand them in enormously good stead throughout their education, at university and upon joining the working world.