Rydal Penrhos’ great transformation of The Osborn Hall is now complete, which is the jewel in the school’s crown and will benefit our pupils significantly.
One thing that truly sets Rydal Penrhos apart is the school’s constant desire to put the pupils’ interests at the forefront of everything we do. Improving the provisions and facilities for our pupils whilst remaining focused on preserving our heritage and history is a key element of this.
The school’s ethos that was implemented well over a century ago still forms the core values that are evident across the site today. Values that bring success both academically and through the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities available. Values that enable our children and young people to be confident, kind, resilient and curious, capable of handling whatever challenges life throws at them.
The school’s Senior Leadership Team and staff, together with the Governing Body, have worked exceptionally hard in recent years to form a clear, concise plan to improve all areas of Rydal Penrhos. This is done with the sole purpose of putting our pupils first and ensuring they get the most out of their education with us.
Recognising the importance of the school’s foundation and making it fit in with the current direction of Rydal Penrhos is of paramount importance. This comes with a comprehensive curriculum and prepares each pupil for the challenges that lie ahead when they move on to higher education and the working world.
Our outstanding facilities also play a significant role in keeping our pupils safe, happy and thriving. We are thrilled to announce that another exciting development – the refurbishment of the newly named Osborn Hall – is now complete!
Used in past lives as the chapel, the Dining Hall and Learning Resource Centre/Library it is the very heart of the school, the jewel in our crown. Now restored to its former beauty and grandeur it offers a substantial learning space and will play a leading part in major gatherings, alongside the Memorial Hall.
The Osborn Hall will serve as the base for pupils in Years 12-13 during term time to study outside of typical classroom lessons. Mr Mike Farnell, the longest-serving teacher at Rydal Penrhos, will be on hand throughout the day for guidance on everything from revision and coursework to UCAS application guidance alongside another member of the school’s academic staff.
This is going to be a significant asset for our pupils at an important time. The Osborn Hall will also be used for special guest speakers and presentations, which also forms a key component of a Rydal Penrhos education.
The Osborn Hall is a Grade II listed building with beautiful wood panelling, parquet floors and stained-glass windows. It is both an iconic and glorious building. And so reviving it to its former beauty is felt by the school to be its duty and its honour.