Rydal Penrhos: An engaging, inspiring & future proof Sixth Form
August 3, 2020

For some time, we have been planning on making a few changes to the Sixth Form at Rydal Penrhos. Now, we are ready to reveal exciting new developments.

We are focused on great teaching, thorough marking and excellent feedback, because this is what will enable a Rydal Penrhos pupil to achieve the best results and in turn go on to secure their goals in life.

In Year 12, our sixth formers will now study 4 AS levels, and will be taught by their specialist subject teachers for 27-28 lessons per week.

In addition, they will have two supervised study periods and we will be incorporating a bi-weekly University Admissions lesson as well as bi-weekly PHSE and Physical Education sessions.

Furthermore, after school each day pupils will have the choice of academic clinics for ”support,” or “extension work,” dependent on the pupil’s ability/needs.

They will also have access to a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and leadership opportunities.

We will be replacing our current servers with a new, state-of-the-art system, which will be future-proofed for at least seven years. And every pupil will be provided with their own free iPad, together with a keyboard and electronic pencil which gives us an improved ability to facilitate remote, online learning in the event of a second lockdown.

We are now offering:

Small class sizes:

Focusing on the individual is something that we take great pride in here at Rydal Penrhos. Small class sizes provide them with extra attention during each phase of their A-level studies. And this is something that has come with exceptional academic success throughout the school’s illustrious history.

Excellent teaching:

Our teaching staff are always going above and beyond the call of duty here at Rydal Penrhos. They care deeply about the development and welfare of each pupil, and this is especially evident across our Sixth Form provision.

Thorough marking and progress monitoring:

Having a consistent marking and assessment process during Sixth Form studies enables our staff to identify areas of improvement and the strength of a pupil. This allows us to form a study plan to enhance their progression academically, which is a proven method of improving results.

Free iPad for every pupil:

We will be introducing free iPads for every pupil from Year 3-13 for lesson-by-lesson use in school, but the investment also has the possibility to facilitate remote online learning in the event of a second lockdown.

We believe that this investment will have a marked improvement in the educational opportunities for Rydal Penrhos pupils and on their personal and academic progress.

24 face to face academic lessons weekly:

A typical sixth former will participate in 24 weekly academic lessons. This enables our pupils to get the most out of their learning experience in readiness for examinations and coursework challenges during their A-level modules.

Supervised study:

In addition to weekly lessons, our Sixth Form cohort also gets the chance to take part in two supervised study sessions with teaching staff. This is another opportunity for them to gain some extra knowledge and maximise their productivity.

Large choice of subjects:

We have a wide and varied A-level curriculum at Rydal Penrhos that caters to almost any potential career path. These options give our pupils a more in-depth avenue into what ignites their passion.

University application lessons:

Preparing for University can be a daunting prospect, but this is a pressure we look to relieve considerably here at Rydal Penrhos. With specific lessons regarding applications, the assessment process and best possible destinations, our Sixth Form group will be given every essential piece of information ahead of the next stage of their journey.

Extra academic clinics after school:

For those seeking more study time relating to their modules of choice, Rydal Penrhos will be offering extra academic clinics after school hours. This will give each sixth former the chance to brush up on specific elements of their subjects and get even more time with our incredible teaching staff.

Our Sixth Form will be returning on Thursday, September 3 and there are still some places available for incoming students.

Rydal Penrhos is now able to offer socially distanced tours to prospective pupils and their families.

For more information email admissions@rydalpenrhos.comprep@rydalpenrhos.com or book online at https://rydal.wpengine.com/open-days-visits.