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  • Rydal Penrhos
    Pwllycrochan Avenue
    Colwyn Bay
    LL29 7BT
  • Head: Simon Smith
  • T 01492 530155
  • F 01492 531872
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Conwy
  • Pupils: 480; 116 boarders; sixth formers: 119
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Fees: Day £7,305 - £16,455 Boarding £20,490 - £32,790 pa - same
  • Open days: Please see our website for further details
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Wonderful play areas which are used for forest school studies. The prep school children in their waterproofs are out in all weathers. Sixth form modern language courses will run with just a few and over the last few years the school has offered Italian, French, Spanish and Chinese. This is a sporty and an outdoorsy school. Wednesday afternoons are devoted to outdoor education in various forms. Well known for its traditional sports prowess; there are an impressive number of other options ranging from skiing to sailing...


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What the school says...

Rydal Penrhos is a Christian school in the Methodist tradition, and welcomes pupils from all faiths or none. We provide exceptional day and boarding opportunities for boys and girls aged 11-18. As a member of the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization), the school expects pupils from an early age to think and work for themselves within a global dimension and sets great store by self-development through independent reflection and learning.

In 2013, 24% scored at least 7 A* and A grades each at GCSE, with 86hieving at least 5 good passes at A*-C. In IB, 84% of students achieved higher than the average Diploma score of 29.81, giving us an average point score of 33.7, with one pupil achieving the top score of 45 out of 45 In A-level, 65% were awarded grades A*-B and 81% were awarded grades A*-C.

We offer full, weekly or flexi boarding. The five boarding houses enjoy excellent standards of decoration and facilities and plenty of individual character. There is a wide range of weekend boarding activities, and inter-house competitions throughout the year. The schools longstanding sporting tradition is well supported with excellent rugby, hockey, and cricket pitches and its own RYA accredited sailing centre. The swimming pool, drama studio, music, art and DT are in constant use.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since January 2017, Simon Smith. ‘Just how a modern head should be’, said one parent, summing up the reaction to him. We know what they mean. He has charm, charisma and is outward facing in his approach, aspirational for each child and the school, while also being inclusive.

His own background is a top notch modern university, York, where he graduated in history. He has worked extensively in the boarding sector, and was a senior leader at Worth and deputy head at Haileybury before coming to Rydal Penrhos. His interests look beyond the walls of the school – he writes for the educational press, runs half marathons, joins in the Saturday park runs and is restoring a 19th century barn. Wife Karen has had a successful career first in publishing and...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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