Head of Careers highlights online material for Sixth Formers
November 6, 2020

“Life after Rydal Penrhos school”

Rydal Penrhos not only offers an exceptional academic and extra-curricular education to its Sixth Formers, but staff also go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure each pupil is fully ready for the next step.

Extensive preparation for university forms part of the Rydal Penrhos Sixth Form timetable. This is a highly beneficial addition to the curriculum – especially to both Year 12 and 13 – as they look to acquire all the information possible before making important decisions on their future.

Mike Farnell, who is Head of Careers at Rydal Penrhos, has been at the forefront of the school’s incredible success in this vital area in recent years, which has seen many former pupils go on to achieve a phenomenal amount in the working world.

His careers programme enlisted the help of some top universities across the country in a virtual setting due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding COVID-19, which is the latest example of staff adapting significantly well in pursuit of maximising pupils’ potential and helping them reach their goals.

Mr Farnell has been researching some additional tools for pupils in Years 10-13 to further assist them during what can be a stressful process, with these documents getting the staff member’s seal of approval.

Downloadable Careers Book for Parents

You can download the book here

UCAS Futures

You can view the latest UCAS Futures information here

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More than 25 per cent of pupils are applying for Oxbridge places this year, the application process deadline for which was 15 October.

Almost all Rydal Penrhos pupils proceed to higher education, either immediately after the summer they leave school, or after a gap year. In August 2020, 48 pupils out of 51 decided to proceed to university and 82% of them secured their first-choice.

This, of course, does not come without exceptional examination results. Year 13 secured record-breaking A Level success this summer, which was the best in the school’s history.

The school achieved a 51.9 per cent pass rate at A*-A, which is the highest in the school’s history since the introduction of the A* grade and represents an increase of 30.5 per cent year on year, with 75.9% achieving A*-B grades.

Those awarded A*-C grades now stand at 90.5 per cent, which is another record and a significant rise of 30.1% from the previous year’s results.


Guests are invited to register for an appointment for our Sixth Form Information Evening on Wednesday 25 November using our online form, by emailing admissions@rydalpenrhos.com or calling 01492 530155 and asking for admissions.

If you are unable to attend our Sixth Form Information Evening, but would like to arrange for a private socially distanced tour please contact admissions on 01492 530155 or admissions@rydalpenrhos.com.