Jack Sissons gains 1st class Masters degree
August 20, 2021

Former Rydal Penrhos pupil Jack Sissons is celebrating after securing a 1st class Masters Degree in Engineering after a memorable four-year journey.

We are always thrilled to hear of our former pupils going on to great things upon leaving Rydal Penrhos. The strong foundations laid during their time with us serves them well throughout higher education and the working world, something our staff team are extremely proud of.

Another shining example of this came to us recently from Jack Sissons, who left the school in 2017 and received a 1st class Masters Degree in Engineering at Durham University within St Mary’s College.

This was a four-year course that involved two years’ general engineering before a two-year spell specialising in civil engineering.

Jack participated in two big projects – one surrounded a real-life railway bridge design and the other focused on analysing the collapse of steel structures to large impact events, which became his dissertation.

The course also saw Jack excel in practical work within laboratories, a surveying course and a one-week practical engineering course.

Jack also spent his summers gaining vital additional experience on work placement with Atkins Global at their Epsom and Stockton-on-Tees offices on projects from footbridge design to major highway (A14) upgrades.

The former pupil left a good impression with the company and Jack will now move on to the Atkins Civil Engineering Graduate Scheme programme within their Transportation sector (inc. highways and structures) based at their main office site.

Jack said: “Rydal Penrhos taught me to believe in myself and gave me the confidence to go and tackle new things. Something that transitioned well to university.

“The school also promotes independence and gets you out of your comfort zone with schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. It’s been a great experience and I cannot wait for the next chapter.”

Not only was Jack Deputy Head Boy at the school and a gifted academic, he also captained Rydal Penrhos’ cricket team and represented Colwyn Bay’s first XI on numerous occasions.

Jack remains a keen cricketer, turning out for Durham City Club during his time at university, who ply their trade in North East Division One.

He averaged around 23 with the bat – gaining one half-century knock – together with 18 wickets and best figures of 6-21.

Everyone at Rydal Penrhos would like to offer our sincere congratulations to Jack on attaining his 1st class Masters Degree in Engineering.


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