Rydal Penrhos has announced two exciting additions to its Sixth Form curriculum, which will begin from the next academic year.
Rydal Penrhos’ Sixth Form curriculum is based around A Level and Cambridge Technical courses, as well as the Extended Project Qualification. In addition, the school also supports pupils through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS).
The choice of Sixth Form subjects is so important in enabling our pupils to gain university places at their first-choice destination on a course they are passionate about pursuing. It is equally important that pupils choose subjects that they are going to thoroughly enjoy over their final two years of school life.
From Year 11, we encourage them to think about what they want to achieve in higher education and beyond, with our teaching staff supporting them every step of the way.
This is done through advice, guidance, and special events such as our recent Higher Education and Careers Pathway events, which were a huge success and gave pupils plenty of information ahead of their respective choices.
All our Year 12 pupils initially choose four subjects to study with 28 academic lessons per week. From September, there will be two more exciting additions to the Sixth Form curriculum at Rydal Penrhos.
The first is “study skills“, which will be the equivalent of an extra lesson a fortnight. Evidence suggests that one of the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been to impede the development of this critical area and we anticipate this course will address the issue.
Secondly, the school will be introducing a “service element” to the Sixth Form curriculum. This aspect of supporting the local community was historically an integral part of the education at both Rydal School and Penrhos College.
Our Chaplain, the Reverend Dr Rob Beamish, has been liaising with various appropriate local charities and agencies so that our pupils will spend from 2.40-4.20pm each Thursday actively contributing to worthy causes in the region.
Whether that’s visiting and/or shopping for the housebound, helping younger children in school or ecological projects such as litter picking or gardening, Sixth Formers will be doing their part to make the world around them a better place.
For those undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Award, this will also contribute to the required volunteering element of the award.
This promises to be another immensely positive change. One that will benefit every Sixth Form pupil moving forward.