Whole School continues to benefit from reading improvements
April 2, 2021

Rydal Penrhos pupils young and old continue to benefit from the school’s exceptional commitment to improving reading resources.

Reading is fundamental to learning and we are continuing with our focus on reading throughout all of the year groups at Rydal Penrhos. – Mrs Lucy Davies, Head of Prep.

Reading has taken on a new lease of life across all areas of Rydal Penrhos in recent months. This is down in no small part to its importance not only for academic development, but sitting down with a good book can also improve creativity and wellbeing with so much uncertainty surrounding the current climate and COVID-19.

The school has made some substantial improvements to reading accessibility at both the Prep and Senior sites, which has seen the Watkinson Library – named after much-loved former Headmaster Peter Watkinson –  for the primary use for those in Key Stage 3 and 4, a Sixth Form reading section within the Ferguson Centre and plenty of exciting developments for the youngest members of the Rydal Penrhos community.

The Prep School recently updated its reading scheme – the Oxford Reading Tree – in order to ensure that pupils have all the recent titles and resources to call upon to boost progression in and out of the classroom.

Pupils were also able to bring some books home during the holidays from the Prep School library, with those involved with the school’s Accelerated Reader scheme accessing reading resources online over the three-week break.

The Accelerated Reader has quizzes on more than 200,000 books, ensuring pupils never run out of choices and are allowed to develop at their own pace reading either at school or from the comfort of their own homes.

Staff will also play a huge part in the programme, gaining an insight into pupils’ quiz results and using this information to monitor progress and personalise lesson plans to fit with just how individuals and the group, in general, are getting on.

Mrs Lucy Davies, Head of Rydal Penrhos Prep School, said: “Reading is fundamental to learning and we are continuing with our focus on reading throughout all of the year groups at Rydal Penrhos.

“We are appealing for any donations of fiction and non-fiction books, which parents no longer use, for our school library. We will be consulting the pupils, via the school council, as to which titles they would like us to buy next.”

The recent reading drive throughout the school received a substantial amount of support from the Rydal Penrhos Society, with the alumni group making a generous £5,000 donation for books at both sites that have already been delivered.

Good literacy levels and confidence in reading and comprehension are strongly connected to high attainment in school, a fact that does not go unrecognised by the excellent teaching staff at Rydal Penrhos, who are always looking at new innovative ways to achieve this.


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.