Head Boy Richard accepts conditional offer from Durham University
June 10, 2021

Rydal Penrhos’ Head Boy Richard Wolfendale has his sights set on the University of Durham for the next stage of his journey.

We are enormously proud of our Sixth Form pupils at Rydal Penrhos for the way they have applied themselves in difficult circumstances over the academic year.

The challenges have been there for all to see but thanks to their drive and determination, together with exceptional support and guidance from staff, goals remained unaltered and Year 13 have managed to gain some impressive university offers from prestigious higher education establishments across the country.

Richard Wolfendale, who held the position of Head Boy at the school in 2020/21, has accepted a conditional offer to study Physics at the University of Durham pending the necessary A Level results this summer.

This came after a successful application process, with Richard receiving plenty of assistance from Sixth Form tutors, weekly UCAS lessons and special sessions with leading figures throughout higher education.

Durham was a popular destination for many of our 2020 cohort, who achieved the school’s best-ever A Level results and some superb value-added scores.

This represents another outstanding achievement for Richard, who began his journey at Rydal Penrhos as a Year 5 pupil in 2013.

He emerged as a strong academic who thrived across all subjects, which was further reflected with some truly outstanding GCSE results before embarking on his final two years of school life within the school’s Sixth Form.

Richard achieved an incredible six 9 marks in English, English Literature, French, Geography, Mathematics and Music, three A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, in addition to a distinction in Additional Mathematics and an 8 score in Religious Studies.

Another memorable highlight from Richard’s time at Rydal Penrhos was the pupil winning a place on the Met Office Work Experience course surrounding Meteorology and Environmental Physics, which was offered by the University of Reading and considered a prestigious honour to attain.

The pupil took part in a number of activities during a busy week, including forecasting with the Met Office, learning to use meteorological equipment in the field and the observatory and launching a weather balloon.

As well as his academic achievements, Richard is also a dedicated golfer and has brought his game on considerably as part of the Rydal Penrhos Golf Academy since its inception.

He is the current Junior Captain at North Wales Golf Club in Llandudno, a course where he landed his first-ever hole in one, and Richard recently began his stint in the role at their annual Drive-Off.

Richard has also become a role model for younger members of the school community and was heavily involved in charitable projects organised by the school.

The pupil was part of Rydal Penrhos’ most recent charity mission to Uganda, became an influential figure within the Sixth Form Charity Committee and also played a leading role in arranging Wellbeing events for younger year groups during the various lockdowns over the last 15 months.

Everyone at Rydal Penrhos is absolutely thrilled for Richard and we are confident the foundations he’s laid at the school will stand him in enormously good stead at university and in later life.


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://rydalpenrhos.com/admissions/apply-now.