Head of Key Stage 5 shares Sixth Form vision
February 22, 2021

Rydal Penrhos’ Head of Key Stage 5 Alun Brown shares his vision of Sixth Form life.

Sixth Form should be the best two years of your school life at Rydal Penrhos. There is finally the opportunity for pupils to study their specific fields of interest and begin looking ahead to higher education options and possible employment avenues in the future, which is daunting and hugely exciting in equal measure.

Rydal Penrhos offers a wide and diverse curriculum that enables every pupil to pursue their dreams. Whether it be in the field of engineering, the performing arts or law, the school’s incredible staff are there to guide our Sixth Formers every step of the way with exceptional teaching and detailed assistance with UCAS applications.

Alun Brown, who is the Head of Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13), has highlighted the benefits of Sixth Form education at Rydal Penrhos, which prides itself on catering to the individual with care and commitment – something which has brought a significant amount of academic achievements over the years.

He said: “The Sixth Form experience at Rydal Penrhos is nurturing and bespoke.

“Individual needs are met ensuring pupils become confident to follow their academic passions, extend their horizons and reach forward to exciting futures.

“It is my privilege to lead the Sixth Form Pastoral Team which has a wealth of experience and expertise in bringing out the best of our senior pupils.

“Tutor groups are deliberately small and caring, meaning tutors can take the time to know their pupils, forging relationships that will challenge them to fulfil their ambitions.

“UCAS and Futures specialists are ready to guide and support students in making decisions to continue further academic pursuit at excellent universities, embark upon competitive apprenticeships, begin purposeful gap years or enter the challenging world of work.”

The school’s strong commitment to academic excellence was further reflected in some truly outstanding A Level results last summer, which saw the 2020 cohort attain a 51.9 per cent pass rate at A*-A, which is the highest in the Rydal Penrhos’ history since the introduction of the A* grade and represents an increase of 30.5 per cent year on year.

These incredible results also featured:

  • 75.9% A*-B grades.
  • 90.5 per cent A*-C grades.
  • 100 per cent pass rate.
  • 3.1 mean subjects passed per candidate.

Couple this with small class sizes, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, a rich and proud history of sporting triumphs, an RYA Accredited Sailing Centre and a wide range of leadership opportunities, each Sixth Form pupil at Rydal Penrhos is given the biggest of platforms to ensure they hit the ground running on the next stage of their journey, wherever they choose to go.

“Our Sixth Form knows they are lucky and as such, they work hard to represent the school as impeccable ambassadors giving back to us and the wider community their energy and enthusiasm,” added Mr Brown.

“The Sixth Form experience espouses an ethos of teamwork, leadership and service underpinned by a sense of intellectual curiosity.

“Effective teacher/pupil ratios and bespoke pastoral care ensure that Rydal Penrhos students move forward ready and willing to contribute their skills to the wider world around them.”


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.