Year 13 boost ecology studies during Llyn Geirionydd visit
January 19, 2022

Year 13 pupils at Rydal Penrhos got the chance to boost their A Level biology studies at a crucial time during a recent excursion to Geirionydd.

This is an important time of year for those Rydal Penrhos pupils sitting examinations in the coming weeks. The school has enjoyed a rich history of success both at A Level and GCSE in recent years, with Year 11 and 13 producing remarkable accomplishments despite the recent assessment changes due to COVID-19 causing significant disruption.

With the school preparing pupils for a return to normality regarding formal exams later in the year, staff are working incredibly hard to put our young learners in the best possible position through strong teaching and expert support and guidance throughout the process.

Rydal Penrhos is fortunate to benefit from being situated in a stunning part of the world. This is something the school looks to take full advantage of with outdoor education, Forest School, Coastal School and valuable excursions to boost overall knowledge in the classroom.

Another example of this occurred just before the festive break, with Year 13 pupils taking a trip to one of the region’s most picturesque sites for a special ecology mission as part of their A Level biology module.

Under the guidance of teacher Ian Richardson and technician Tara James, pupils travelled to Llyn Geirionydd, which is situated near Llanrwst. It was reputedly the home of the 6th-century poet Taliesin and a stone monument to him stands by the lake’s north bank.

In the 1870s it was a derelict industrial landscape – the car park lies on a waste tip near an old lead mine entrance. But the vast forest area proved highly beneficial for pupils, who got the chance to participate in tests and experiments that were documented and used upon returning to the school laboratories.

A very worthwhile excursion for all involved!


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