Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.

In addition to the outstanding academic and extra-curricular education we provide here at Rydal Penrhos School, we have also implemented a Pastoral system that is second-to-none and enables each child and young adult under our care to feel happy, safe and supported.

This enables them to get the very most of their time within the classroom, and we are always striving to maintain excellentstandards in areas such as wellbeing and mental health.

THE TUTOR SYSTEM

 

The wellbeing of each and every pupil is at the heart of everything we do in school; a happy child is also a child who will learn effectively and make the most of the many opportunities Rydal Penrhos offers. At the heart of our pastoral care is the Tutor System.

Every pupil in the school belongs to one of four competitive School Houses (Morgan, Osborn, Payne and Wesley), and each pupil is also a member of a tutor group. A tutor group is made up of around 12 pupils and the form tutor meets the group formally in a timetabled period once a week, as well as registering them twice each day.

Each tutor in Years 7, 8 and 9 is part of the Key Stage 3 team, tutors in Years 10 and 11 are part of Key Stage 4, and Years 12 and 13 tutors are part of the Key Stage 5 team.

A system of tutor cards (interim reports by teachers) enables regular monitoring of academic progress, so that good work can be commended, and any problems can be identified and addressed. Tutor cards, often with a self-assessment, are also seen by the Headmaster and the Deputy Head. A tutor will get to know tutees well and will encourage their wider interests and participation in extra-curricular activities, and the cultural and sporting life of the school.

For parents, the tutor is an important first point of contact, and parents are always welcome to email tutors with any queries or concerns they may have.

PEER MENTORING

 

The Peer Mentoring Programme at Rydal Penrhos helps pupils to learn how to support each other by offering a listening ear. Volunteers from Year 11 and above attend an eight-week training course in which they learn basic counselling and mentoring skills, giving them the ability to:

  • act as a support to younger pupils
  • provide support and encouragement for these pupils
  • help their mentee to explore ways to move forward for themselves

Mentors also benefit from training by:

  • Improving communication and personal skills
  • increasing confidence and motivation
  • understanding how to offer empathy without taking sides
  • benefiting from a sense of fulfilment and personal growth
  • developing leadership skills

All Year 7 & 8 pupils are assigned a peer mentor who will help them to settle in, make progress and to achieve their full potential within school life. Mentors are supported by two trained mentoring teachers.