Year 8 explore local history at Penrhyn Castle
August 1, 2022

Year 8 pupils at Rydal Penrhos got the chance to delve deeper into a prominent local historical landmark to boost their classroom studies.

Whether children are just starting out their journeys through education or getting ready for the next stage as Sixth Formers, Rydal Penrhos endeavours to treat every pupil as an individual with a broad academic curriculum and extra-curricular options that cater to every possible passion and interest they may have.

Learning in the classroom remains at the heart of a good education. But our incredible teaching staff at Rydal Penrhos are always looking for ways to boost development and allow pupils to sample new experiences whenever they can.

This is done through trips and educational visits throughout the academic year, which form a key part of the school’s enriching academic ethos and benefit their studies enormously.

Another example of this came during the Trinity Term and involved Year 8, who got the opportunity to delve deeper into a prominent historical local landmark to further boost their topics in a typical classroom setting.

Under the supervision of staff, the enthusiastic group visited the picturesque Penrhyn Castle, which is a country house situated in Llandygai that takes on the form of a Norman castle.

It was originally a medieval fortified manor house, founded by Ednyfed Fychan. In 1438, Ioan ap Gruffudd was granted a licence to crenellate, founding the stone castle and added a tower house.

Samuel Wyatt reconstructed the property in the 1780s and the present building was constructed between about 1822 and 1837 to designs by Thomas Hopper on behalf of its owner, who expanded and transformed the building beyond recognition.

During the visit, pupils took a tour around the stately rooms, acquiring information about the castle’s way of life during various eras and how things have changed dramatically from the world they live in today.

This was a tremendous experience for Year 8, one that enabled them to conclude their history studies on a high after an academic year full of wonderful accomplishments.

We would like to thank our staff for organising the trip, to Penrhyn Castle for an enjoyable visit and our pupils for representing Rydal Penrhos in an exemplary fashion.


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