Rydal Penrhos staying ahead of the game
May 24, 2021

Rydal Penrhos has stayed ahead of the game with adapting learning methods over the last year.

Learning has taken many different forms over the last year. The coronavirus pandemic forced every pupil across the country into online learning over a prolonged period of time and leading figures throughout education raised legitimate concerns about what this predicament has done to their development, well-being, chances of university places or prospects of well-paid employment. Rydal Penrhos was keen to make the most out of difficult circumstances.

As a small school who value small class sizes and high teacher to pupil ratio’s the staff were able to put together a diverse and comprehensive remote learning provision that was not too dissimilar to a normal day on-site, something that has enabled each pupil to continue progressing encouragingly with little if any loss of learning during such uncertain times.

The fact the teachers know the pupils individually so well means that when different teaching or learning methods were required or children with Assisted Learning Needs still required one to one lessons, these were all catered for.

Similarly, gifted and talented children could be progressed with Moocs or extended work to prevent boredom and lack of motivation.

This is reflected from Pre-School children right up to the recently departed class of 2020, who achieved the best A Level results ever recorded by Rydal Penrhos in challenging circumstances. Our pupil-centred focus under the school’s senior leadership team has brought instant improvements across all areas and this is a trend that will hopefully continue long into the future with further exciting developments to come.

Children and young people living with the “COVID Generation” tag should not let it define them and our teaching staff won’t allow this either.

Whether it is with our moving up mornings, sitting down with pupils to ensure they are making the right choices at GCSE, A Level and university courses, apprenticeships or work experience or keeping pupils on target through consistent and thorough monitoring, all of these small but important actions form part of the larger picture of preparing our pupils for the road ahead.

Things are now returning to normality, which is especially pleasing for pupils looking to finish the academic year on a high or Sixth Formers who will be saying goodbye to secondary school education in the coming weeks before embarking on the next stage of their journey.

The return of face-to-face learning was a daunting prospect for pupils after so long way from the classroom, but the constant support and guidance from staff throughout enabled the transition to be as smooth as possible.

This could not have been done without the hard work and efforts of staff, pupils, and parents alike.

Rydal Penrhos is always asking for and responding to feedback from parents especially in regard to implementing improvements to the school’s provision. This is something that is the cornerstone behind our success and provides real insight from the people that matter most.

Our latest parental questionnaire was met with an incredibly positive response and is a testament to the exceptional dedication of teaching and support staff, who rose to the occasion and adapted brilliantly to ever-changing circumstances with the pupils at the forefront of their minds.

One only has to look at the enthusiasm and work ethic of our pupils to see just how much they are thriving.

Learners are going about their business with their customary determination and although there are reports to the contrary, we are determined we will do all we can to ensure this substantial period of disruption will have the minimum amount of impact on our pupils at Rydal Penrhos.


Anyone wishing to enquire about Rydal Penrhos School can do so by calling 01492 530155, email admissions@rydalpenrhos.com or register your interest online here: https://rydalpenrhos.com/admissions/apply-now.

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