RP during COVID-19: No pupil will miss out on learning
January 6, 2021

Rydal Penrhos releases full education plans during the latest COVID-19 school closure.

At Rydal Penrhos, we remain steadfast in our determination that no pupil should miss out on their education during this uncertain time, that they shall experience no “lost learning” and that they will maintain or exceed the curriculum which they would follow in normal circumstances.

Rydal Penrhos has been at the forefront of COVID-19 measures over the last year. This was evident not only throughout the first lockdown period last year, but also when it came to providing pupils and staff with a safe environment outside of lockdown with plenty of opportunities to progress their education during the current academic year.

The coronavirus pandemic concerns are growing once again, which has seen Education Minister Kirsty Williams close all schools in Wales until 18 January at the earliest.

Since the start of the academic year we have been issuing every child and young person in school from Reception to Year 13 a free iPad to use in school but also to be available should a lockdown recur, and we need to seamlessly start remote learning.

And so pupils in Reception in the Prep School all the way up to Sixth Formers in Year 13, will resume six live online lessons per day, in addition to a usual form time from 8.30-9am from Thursday 7 January, which was when all year groups were scheduled to return following their well-deserved Christmas break.

This represents a normal school day to a great extent, with Senior Chapel taking place every Monday and the Prep School Assembly on Thursday and Star of the Week assembly on Fridays.

Although there will be no after school clubs for the time being, “peri” lessons in music and drama will continue remotely once the online lessons conclude at 3.30pm.

Rydal Penrhos Pre-School will be open, and educational provision will be continued for the children of our keyworkers in line with Welsh Government recommendations.

Year 11 and 13 pupils who are scheduled to take exams will not see their plans altered in this regard, although this is an ever-changing situation and one which the school remains on top of.

For pupils wishing to join the school and ensure their educational provision is consistent and they suffer no lost learning they can still contact admissions@rydalpenrhos.com where one of the team is on hand to help them with their application and a smooth entry into the school.

Staff at Rydal Penrhos have worked exceptionally hard to put together this provision in such a short space of time, which is a testament to their desire to make sure every single pupil remains on course in the most challenging of circumstances.