The best way to get a real feel for our friendly and welcoming school is to come and see for yourself. We are offering families private socially distanced tours.

Anyone wishing to book a socially distanced tour should contact, call 01492 530155 or book online here.

Universities, Colleges and Gap Years

Almost all Rydal Penrhos pupils proceed to higher education, either immediately after the summer they leave school, or after a gap year. In August 2020, 48 pupils out of 51 decided to proceed to university.

Where are our pupils studying

Rydal Penrhos aims to help all pupils reach the university of their choice. several of our pupils are offered places at Oxford or Cambridge every year and we receive many offers from Russell Group universities. In August 2020 over 87% of our pupils secured their first choice destinations.

This Year Durham has proved a very popular choice, as has London University with pupils going to Kings, Goldsmiths and LSE.

We also support pupils in applications to overseas universities and have had pupils in recent years head on to MIT, West Virginia, Dartmouth along with universities in Thailand, China and Europe.

Looking to the future

We offer all Sixth Form pupils guidance in applying to their chosen destinations. We pride ourselves on providing close and expert support throughout the UCAS application process. This enables pupils to focus on their A-levels, making sure they never find their exciting first steps towards life beyond school a burden.



University Destinations 2020

The school has placed a strong emphasis on university preparation throughout Sixth Form in addition to their academic ethos and varied extra-curricular provision, which has resulted in a significant number of Rydal Penrhos pupils getting into their top university choice.

Out of 51 pupils in Year 13, a total of 82 per cent managed to attain places at their first-choice higher education establishment.

This rises to 87.5 per cent without the three members of Year 13 who are taking a gap year before beginning the next stage of their journey.

Many of our Year 13 achieved places at Russell Group universities, with Ed Patrick and Cassie Parry continuing the school’s rich tradition of successful Oxbridge applicants.

A full list of university destinations for 2020 can be found here


applying for competitive courses


Applying for competitive courses 

Pupils wishing to apply for competitive courses at Oxford or Cambridge, or for Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry are identified early in their academic life to enable them to receive help and timely guidance.

They are then encouraged to attend taster courses and apply for programmes like Medlink and Headstart.

UCAS applications are prepared in early September to make sure they meet the October 15 deadline.

Additional practice interviews are then arranged in November and December to maximise the chances of success for the pupils.



Rydal Penrhos Society

Rydal Penrhos pupils have accomplished great things after leaving the school, excelling in careers as diverse as law, medicine, business, acting, journalism and sport.

We have a dedicated Rydal Penrhos Society, which helps to keep pupils in touch with one another and to support the school as a whole.

Please contact Sarah James at with any questions or queries about the Society.