Pupils flourish on Year 3-5 Ironbridge Residential
May 20, 2022

Year 3-5 pupils at Rydal Penrhos flourished during their recent residential to Ironbridge, which is situated in the heart of Shropshire.

Getting out and about, experiencing new things and learning skills our pupils wouldn’t necessarily get from a classroom is at the heart of a Rydal Penrhos education. This has been prevalent throughout an eventful academic year so far and is refreshing to see after so much COVID-19-related disruption over the last two years.

There was an untold amount of excitement in the air within Years 3-5 recently, who travelled to the heart of Shropshire for their annual residential trip from May 11-13. The group visited Wilderhope Manor and Ironbridge over three days and managed to take part in numerous activities during their thoroughly enjoyable stay.

Their first port of call was the Jackfield Tile Museum, where the group participated in a workshop based on creating their own encaustic tile followed by a tour. The tiles were sent back to Rydal Penrhos once they had been in the kiln.

Those in attendance also got the chance to sketch and walk across the very bridge that gives Ironbridge its name before driving the remaining part of the journey to Wilderhope Manor, rounding off a successful first day with some outdoor games.

A busy second day began with a visit to the Blists Hill Victorian Town. The pupils experienced what life was like when Queen Victoria was the Head of the British Empire.

They also met some (almost) real Victorians in their authentic shops and cottages and watched tradespeople in action in their atmospheric workshops and factories among many other things including changing modern money into shillings and pence, viewing strange Victorian remedies, observing printing presses from the time period and boarding a train into Blists Hill Mine.

There was even some time to enjoy an old fairground and let off some steam at the outdoor play area.

The day concluded with inter-house competitions before some well-deserved rest, with the residential finishing off in fine style with a trip to Enginuity, a science and technology centre packed with hands-on activities and interactive exhibits.

This was an absolutely incredible experience for everyone and Rydal Penrhos would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this residential one that will live long in the memory.


Anyone wishing to enquire about Rydal Penrhos School can do so by calling 01492 530155, emailing admissions@rydalpenrhos.com or registering your interest online.

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