Extra form in Year 10 maintains low pupil-teacher ratio
August 26, 2021

Rydal Penrhos has confirmed an additional form group in Year 10 from September to maintain its pupil-teacher ratio with a surge in numbers.

As a school that values the importance of small class sizes and a high teacher to pupil ratio, Rydal Penrhos is able to focus on the individual and pay special care to the needs of every learner across all year groups whether they are starting their journey in Pre-School or preparing for the next stage of their respective journeys in Key Stage 5.

This caring approach was especially evident throughout the previous academic year. Staff put together a diverse and comprehensive remote learning provision that was not too dissimilar to a normal day on-site, something that enabled each pupil to continue progressing encouragingly with no loss of learning during such uncertain times.

Although pupil numbers have surged over the last 12 months at Rydal Penrhos, the school endeavours to maintain its low pupil-teacher ratio and allow each child to flourish at their own pace under the exceptional guidance and support of teachers and support staff.

Such has been the level of interest, the school has appointed more teaching staff, where needed, to cope with the growing demand for places.

The current pupil-teacher ratio at Rydal Penrhos stands at 1:9, which will go up no more than 1:10 as part of the school’s strategic direction.

Those entering Year 10 from September will be put into three separate forms rather than two groups due to this additional demand ahead of an important two years for pupils throughout their GCSE studies.

John Waszek, Executive Principal of Rydal Penrhos, said: “As a school, we continue to work on enhancing the provision for the pupils and this academic year has seen a significant increase in the number of pupils now attending the school.

“Consequently in order to retain our high teacher-pupil ratio, we will be increasing the number of forms in Year 10 from two to three.

“The Head of Key Stage 4, Mr Paul Sanders, will be supporting the Form Teachers and the pupils in ensuring that they get off to a brisk start in September.”

It is no secret that the school’s recent success comes from a strong focus on its pupils with a child-centred approach that has proven highly beneficial. Something we are keen to continue and grow long into the future. Smaller classes, specialist teachers and a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities ensure that learning is dynamic and individualised.

The superb results and overall progress in terms of value-added are a testament to the fine work being done throughout the school, which is in keeping with the fine community spirit and everyone pulling in the same direction to reach a common goal.


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