RP during COVID-19: Outdoor Ed continues to thrive
November 26, 2020

Rydal Penrhos has strived to ensure that high educational standards are maintained despite the ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The school’s COVID-19 response team, together with teaching and support staff, have gone to extreme lengths to put every necessary precautions and safety measures in place so that Rydal Penrhos pupils young and old can continue getting the most out of their education – benefitting from the wealth of academic and extra-curricular opportunities on offer.

We know education extends beyond the classroom and Rydal Penrhos’ exceptional outdoor education provision makes the most out of the school’s stunning location on the North Wales coast and has been a key component behind building additional skills that stand each child in good stead for later life.

It is evident right from the start of their school journey and continues all the way to the end.

In Pre-School, children enjoy the Coastal School scheme, which incorporates topical work from the classroom through various problem-solving methods along the picturesque Colwyn Bay coastline.

This is something that proved highly beneficial for the pupils and follows on from the Forest School sessions enjoyed by all year groups at the Prep School site.

Although things might look a little different from a social distancing perspective during the popular outdoor learning initiative, staff continue to come up with fun and exciting ways to get the most out of their time in the forest.

At the senior school, Year 7 and 8’s weekly outdoor education lessons remain in place, which is one of the real highlights of their weekly timetable and is a welcome boost to the curriculum.

Another outstanding element of the provision provided by Rydal Penrhos is the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, which has achieved a substantial amount of success in recent years with many pupils going on to secure their coveted Gold Award and secure a trip to Buckingham Palace to receive their distinction.

Certain expeditions did have to be postponed during the lockdown measures earlier this year, but programme co-ordinator Dr Jim Lewis devised a plan once the academic year began to make sure candidates across all Award levels continue their progress with minimal disruption.

Outdoor Education is a cornerstone of the incredible education provided at Rydal Penrhos, boosting health and wellbeing in the process during an unprecedented period of disruption for the entire school community.

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

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