Exams continuing under strict COVID-19 guidelines
January 12, 2021

Exams are continuing at Rydal Penrhos under strict COVID-19 guidelines.

This is an uncertain time for every pupil and parent across the country. COVID-19 restrictions continue to have a significant impact on learning and day-to-day life, but at Rydal Penrhos we are striving to ensure that each child in our school family doesn’t have their plans for progression altered in the slightest.

The school has adhered to the current Welsh Government guidance every step of the way. This enabled Rydal Penrhos to hit the ground running when pupils returned to school at the start of the academic year and meticulous preparation from staff has resulted in a comprehensive online learning schedule that is not too dissimilar to a normal day on campus.

The New Year is normally associated with those sitting exams gearing up for the final stages of preparation alongside the early examinations actually taking place.  Whether it be mocks or the real thing, Rydal Penrhos is enabling these to continue in pursuit of making sure each pupil’s development and goals are met in even the most difficult of circumstances.

Year 11’s accelerated learners took their Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics exam late last week in a COVID safe environment, where they are looking to emulate the exceptional achievements of the schools’ 2020 cohort, who secured Rydal Penrhos’ best-ever results last summer.

The number of A* grades awarded at GCSE was 49.2 per cent, which is a significant rise of 33.2% from the previous year.

A total of 66.7 per cent of grades were A*-A – a rise of 30.6% – and this is testament to how each member of Year 11 applied themselves to their studies.

The number of pupils securing A*-B grades was 87.1 per cent, which is an increase of 17.4% from the 2018/19 academic year.

98.5 per cent of Rydal Penrhos’ GCSE candidates attained A*-C marks, with 97.8 per cent securing this feat in five or more subjects. The mean number of passes per candidate was recorded at 9.1.

This represents an incredible effort from the group, who took the examination two terms early, and is another strong indication of the exceptionally hard work being done behind the scenes at the school by teaching staff and its senior leadership team.

In addition to the Year 11 exams, Sixth Formers involved in the Cambridge Technical will also be participating in examinations in the coming days.


Anyone wishing to enquire about Rydal Penrhos School can do so by calling 01492 530155, email admissions@rydalpenrhos.com or register your interest online here: https://rydal.wpengine.com/admissions/apply-now/