The curriculum in our Sixth Form is based around A-level and Cambridge Technical courses, as well as the Extended Project Qualification. In addition, we also support pupils through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS).

The choice of subjects in Sixth Form is so important in enabling our students to gain access to the university and course of their choice. It is equally important that students choose subjects that they are going to thoroughly enjoy.

From Year 11 we encourage them to think about what they want to achieve in higher education and beyond, and we support them every step of the way.

All our Lower Sixth pupils initially choose four subjects to study with 28 academic lessons per week. During the first year of study, pupils may opt to discontinue one of these, although some will continue with four subjects for the duration of their Sixth Form.

Pupils have the option of choosing four AS Levels with two study periods, or three AS Levels and the Extended Project Qualification, which comes with seven study periods.
Sixth Formers also get two Physical Education lessons per week and one PSHE lesson that now incorporates UCAS application assistance and university preparations.
Those in Years 12 and 13 will also participate in one lesson focusing on Community Service as part of their extra-curricular provision.
This will be community work, which could count towards a pupil’s Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering, charitable giving or work experience if needed.
It will be led by the Reverend Dr Rob Beamish – Rydal Penrhos Chaplain – and will feature initiatives such as visiting elderly care home residents, helping children to read in a local school, work on the school grounds with our Estates Team among many other possibilities.

We have high academic standards, and, with our guidance and support, our students work hard throughout their time in Sixth Form. All our subjects are taught by specialist teachers who have a passion for the topic.

We are focused on great teaching, thorough marking, and excellent feedback, because this is what will enable a Rydal Penrhos pupil to achieve the best results and in turn go on to secure their goals in life.

Furthermore, after school each day pupils will have the choice of academic clinics for “support,” or “extension work,” dependent on the pupil’s ability/needs.

Every pupil is provided with their own free iPad which gives us an improved ability to facilitate learning both in the classroom and for revision and remote online learning in the event of a lockdown or pupil absence.

Our Sixth Form offers:

Small class sizes:

Focusing on the individual is something that we take great pride in here at Rydal Penrhos. Small class sizes provide them with extra attention during each phase of their A-level studies. And this is something that has come with exceptional academic success throughout the school’s illustrious history.

Excellent teaching:

Our teaching staff are always going above and beyond the call of duty here at Rydal Penrhos. They care deeply about the development and welfare of each pupil, and this is especially evident across our Sixth Form provision.

Thorough marking and progress monitoring:

Having a consistent marking and assessment process during Sixth Form studies enables our staff to identify areas of improvement and the strength of a pupil. This allows us to form a study plan to enhance their progression academically, which is a proven method of improving results.

Free iPad for every pupil:

We have introduced free iPads for every pupil from Year 3-13 for lesson-by-lesson use in school, but the investment also has the possibility to facilitate remote online learning in the event of a second lockdown.

We believe that this investment will have a marked improvement in the educational opportunities for Rydal Penrhos pupils and on their personal and academic progress.

24 face to face academic lessons weekly:

A typical sixth former will participate in 24 weekly academic lessons. This enables our pupils to get the most out of their learning experience in readiness for examinations and coursework challenges during their A-level modules.

Supervised study:

In addition to weekly lessons, our Sixth Form cohort also gets the chance to take part in two supervised study sessions with teaching staff. This is another opportunity for them to gain some extra knowledge and maximise their productivity.

Large choice of subjects:

We have a wide and varied A-level and Cambridge Technical curriculum at Rydal Penrhos that caters to almost any potential career path. These options give our pupils a more in-depth avenue into what ignites their passion.

University application lessons:

Preparing for University can be a daunting prospect, but this is a pressure we look to relieve considerably here at Rydal Penrhos. With specific lessons regarding applications, the assessment process and best possible destinations, our Sixth Form group will be given every essential piece of information ahead of the next stage of their journey.

Extra academic clinics after school:

For those seeking more study time relating to their modules of choice, Rydal Penrhos will be offering extra academic clinics after school hours. This will give each sixth former the chance to brush up on specific elements of their subjects and get even more time with our incredible teaching staff.

Rydal Penrhos is now able to offer socially distanced tours to prospective pupils and their families.

For more information email admissions@rydalpenrhos.com or book online at https://rydalpenrhos.com/admissions/open-days-visits.