Enrichment at Rydal Penrhos

Our enrichment programme is an important aspect of life for all year groups at Rydal Penrhos School.

The aim of the programme is to encourage pupils to look beyond the standard curriculum, to explore new subjects and learn new skills. The development of this programme is based on the strong conviction that individuals thrive in an environment in which all of their abilities are recognised and nurtured.

Opportunities to try new sports (Fives or Fencing), to contribute to projects such as the Greenpower racing car, to play in the school Jazz band, or to take some time to reflect and be still in our Mindfulness sessions all help to contribute to the development of well-balanced individuals with a strong sense of enquiry about the world around them.

Year 7


There are enrichment sessions every week following the end of academic lessons. Pupils choose from a carousel of subjects that typically includes:

  • Dance Club
  • Fencing
  • Greenpower Project
  • Junior Drama
  • Mindfulness
  • Orchestra
  • Percussion group
  • Welsh
  • Ballet
  • Fives
  • Debating Club
  • Woodwind
  • Brass Group
Year 9


Enrichment sessions for Year 9 offer a carousel of subjects that typically include:

  • Maths π Club
  • French Culture Club
  • Textiles Club
  • Greenpower Project
  • Orchestra
  • Percussion group
  • Lefevre Erasmus
  • Mindfulness

Year 9 pupils also start their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, which many complete within a year.

This award includes volunteering, learning a new skill, a First Aid course, and an overnight expedition in Snowdonia.

Years 10 and 11


Years 10 and 11 are offered a similar selection of enrichment subjects on a carousel.

In addition, many academic departments hold clinics for GCSE subjects, and extra subjects such as Latin, Chinese and Photography are also offered at this time.

Many pupils take their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards during these two years.