Lydia attains prestigious apprenticeship
October 7, 2022

Former Rydal Penrhos pupil Lydia Gilman overcame some significant adversity to secure a prestigious apprenticeship.

It’s not just university where Rydal Penrhos pupils decide to start the next stage of their journeys upon leaving school. Many take GAP years to reflect and refresh, with others taking on the challenge of the working world with prestigious apprenticeships across the country.

The school’s exceptional teaching staff treats each Sixth Form pupil as an individual, assisting them with any advice, guidance or support they might need to ensure their goals are met.

Lydia Gilman, who was part of the 2022 cohort that achieved outstanding A Level results this summer, recently secured a three-year finance apprenticeship working within the National Health Service. This is following in her mother and father’s footsteps, encapsulating a career in accountancy within the NHS.

Over the course of her apprenticeship, Lydia will take the Level 2-4 Association of Accounting Technicians assessments. Completion of Level 4 is set to provide her with a professional Diploma in Accountancy.

Lydia was offered a place at the University of Liverpool before opting to go down this career path, which represents an outstanding accomplishment from someone that dealt with tremendous adversity over her final year at Rydal Penrhos.

Father Matthew Gilman, explains more: “The school have been incredibly supportive. Having spent 10 months of her last year of school in hospital, the teaching and administration staff went above and beyond to help Lydia through this incredibly difficult time, ensuring she was linked to online lessons and making sure she was provided with the latest worksheets and information.

“Staff even visited her in hospital to provide one-to-one support. Her friends have also been a credit to their parents and to Rydal Penrhos in the way in which they have shown great compassion in how to care for and support their peers.”

Despite the obvious challenges, Lydia attained the school’s highest A Level grade in Business and after becoming interested in the world of economics from an early age, she natural progresses into the finance field.

Lydia became further inspired to go down this particular route during the school’s Careers Pathway event, where she received excellent individual advice to steer her on the correct path.

“As parents, we could not be prouder,” added Mr Gilman.

“Not only has Lydia been rewarded for her hard work in her recent exam results but with the help and support received from the school. This made a huge difference to her education and well-being for which we are so grateful.”


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