Emotional final day for the Class of 2021
June 24, 2021

It was an emotional day for Year 13 pupils as they said their goodbyes to Rydal Penrhos ahead of the next stage of their journeys.

Lots of pupils talked of their affinity to Rydal Penrhos and their gratitude to all the staff who have supported them in different aspects of school life.” – Mr. Alun Brown – Head of Key Stage 5.

We are incredibly proud of how our Year 13 pupils have adjusted to extremely uncertain times throughout their A Level studies.

Over the last 15 months, their progress could have been hampered by COVID-19, educational lockdowns, and social distancing. However, an exceptional effort from the entire Rydal Penrhos community has maintained academic growth, development through extra-curricular activities and enabled Year 13 to secure conditional offers to many prestigious universities across the country next year.

Despite current restrictions preventing the normal end of Year 13 events from taking place in their usual format, the school held a special ceremony from the Class of 2021 to officially conclude their time at Rydal Penrhos on Friday 18 June.

This took place in the school’s fantastic dedicated Year 12 and 13 Ferguson Centre, which is where the pupils spent a large portion of their time studying and socialising over the final two years of their time at Rydal Penrhos.

Mr. Alun Brown, who is Head of Key Stage 5 at the school, gave one final amusing and motivating talk to the group and praised them all for the way they’ve applied themselves. From an academic standpoint and their efforts to provide support to younger pupils and charitable causes across the region and beyond.

Head Girl Anna Parry-Williams and Head Boy Richard Wolfendale also addressed those in attendance, speaking with a real sense of emotion and fondness of the memories both have made over the years.

Executive Principal John Waszek lent his support to the occasion with words of thanks and encouragement, wishing all of them the very best of luck before they head off to higher education or the working world.

There was a surprise for the Year 13 group, with Vice-Chair of Governors Anne Watson presenting them with special badges that reflect their transition from pupils to Alumni and members of the Rydal Penrhos Society.

It’s hard to put into context the challenges our pupils have faced and how well they’ve responded. Everyone at Rydal Penrhos pulled in the same direction in pursuit of reaching goals, which will hopefully add to the school’s rich and proud history of exceptional examination results and value-added scores this summer.

On behalf of everyone at Rydal Penrhos, we would like to wish the Class of 2021 the very best of luck whatever they go on to do next. Keep in touch and go away knowing your incredible contributions to the school will not be forgotten.

Class of 2021 Farewell Ceremony


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