Alicia earns place on prestigious research programme
August 27, 2020

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Plato’s Socrates. This is something a Sixth Form pupil at Rydal Penrhos has been pondering this summer after being accepted onto a leading research programme. 

Alicia Zhou, a Year 13 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, secured admission to the Pioneer Research Programme’s summer-only term. She applied for the Political Science section of the initiative, where she is currently researching Plato’s Socrates.

This represents an exceptional achievement and opportunity for the pupil, who has benefitted considerably from the school’s strong academic ethos since arriving as a Year 9 pupil.

Pioneer is the world’s only online research program with US college credit for those who earn a place on the programme. It is global, highly selective, and has rigorous academic oversight in collaboration with Oberlin College as well as intensive support and research methodology training.

The Sixth Former is currently participating in group research sessions, working with mentors and other students from around the world to learn the background of their research areas.

They will then be tasked with generating their own individual research proposals based on their unique interests and develop these proposals one-on-one under the professor’s guidance into highly sophisticated, undergraduate-level research papers.

By the end of the programme, Alicia will receive in-depth evaluations of her research work and, if she has attained the necessary grades, she will also get transferable college credits should she choose to study in the United States of America in the future.


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

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