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Rydal Penrhos School

Address: Pwllycrochan Ave, Conwy LL29 7BT, United Kingdom

Description Rydal Penrhos School

  • Founded: in 1885
  • Location: Colvin Bay, North Wales, UK
  • Age of students: 11-18 years (grades 7-13)
  • Total number of students: 470 people (25% are foreign students)
  • Type of training: mixed
  • Type of accommodation: residence (full board) or full-time
  • Language of instruction: English.

Private School Rydal Penrhos School was founded in 1885 on the shores of the Irish Sea in North Wales, just 1-1.5 hours from Manchester. The school was established on the basis of two schools: the men's boarding school Methodist school and the female pension Penrhos College - today the Rydal Penrhos School is fully working through a system of mixed education, taking children from 11 to 18 years.

Academic results of students and graduates clearly demonstrate the excellent level of preparation, balance and effectiveness of training programs:

  • GCSE: 91% of students successfully passed the exam, 93% of them passed more than 5 subjects, and 47% achieved the highest score of A * -A;
  • A-level: 78% of schoolchildren passed successfully (pass grades from A * to C). And 17% of graduates received the highest A * scores (this is twice the national average), 34% earned from A * to A, 60% - high scores from A * to B. Separately it is worth noting such subjects as chemistry (85 % of applicants received A * -A), English literature and dramatic, theatrical art (A * -B received 100% of graduates);
  • IB: the average score was 33 out of 45 possible (significantly higher than the world average), and several students managed to earn 44 of 45 points!

Similar successes and level of preparation give graduates the opportunity to receive higher education in the best universities of Great Britain, including in institutions from the prestigious, rating Russell Group:

  • York university;
  • Liverpool University;
  • Bristol university;
  • Durham University;
  • Manchester University;
  • Sheffield University;
  • Cambridge University;
  • Warwick University;
  • Cardiff University;
  • Edinburgh University;
  • Exeter University.

List of famous, successful and well-known graduates is so great:

  • Paula Yates (TV);
  • Sir Jeffrey Elton (historian and teacher);
  • Duncan Kenworth (film producer: "Four weddings and one funeral", "Real love");
  • Ann Reid (actress, was nominated for the BAFTA award for the series "Coronation Street");
  • Andy Fenby (rugby player);
  • Bledin Williams (captain of the national rugby team);
  • Wilf Wooler (sportsman);
  • Angela Knight (politician, member of Parliament);
  • Sir Michael Thompson (former Vice-Rector of Birmingham University);
  • Linus Roach (actor);
  • Baron Marvin Davis (Minister of the Government);
  • Defide Wigley (politician, member of Parliament);
  • William Roach (actor - included in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest game of a character in the series "Coronation Street");
  • Janet Hargreaves (actress: "Doctor Who", "Poirot").

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Rydal Penrhos School

Program name
from 11 500 £ / term

Quick overview: A two-year training course for international students aged 14-16 (grades 10-11), aimed at completing the part-time secondary education program. The GCSE certificate is compulsory for all students entering the Sixth Form (A-level, IB) graduation programs and further enrolling in universities.

The students are offered a rich and varied curriculum, which includes both compulsory and optional (chosen independently) subjects. In addition, there is an opportunity to practice in the selected areas. In total, 11-12 disciplines are surrendered at the exam - 7 mandatory and 4 optional:

  • Art;
  • Physical education and sport;
  • Computer science and computer science;
  • English;
  • Spanish;
  • Biology;
  • Policy;
  • English literature;
  • Journalism and media;
  • Geography;
  • Chemistry;
  • French;
  • Economics;
  • Mathematics;
  • Welsh;
  • Electronics;
  • Latin language;
  • Theater and dramatic art;
  • Religion study;
  • German;
  • History;
  • Photo art;
  • Design.
from 11 500 £ / term

Brief information: The course for high school students is 16-18 years (12-13 classes, stage Sixth Form), designed for 2 academic years: AS-level and A-level. Items for the personal curriculum are selected independently from the extensive list:

  • Design;
  • English literature;
  • Art;
  • Spanish;
  • History;
  • Higher mathematics;
  • Study of the environment;
  • Computers and informatics;
  • Music art;
  • French;
  • Religion;
  • Biology;
  • Sociology;
  • Economics;
  • German;
  • Chemistry;
  • Mathematics;
  • Policy;
  • Theater and dramatic art;
  • Geography;
  • Physics;
  • English;
  • Business;
  • History.

In addition, those who wish can take a working practice in the chosen specialty; Foreign students are offered a supportive course in English. Usually for the first year (AS-level) 4-5 disciplines are selected, of which in the second year (A-level) there are only 3-4, on which exams are taken. This makes it possible to focus on the most priority and necessary disciplines, give them a maximum of time and attention, effectively prepare for admission to the chosen specialty and faculty. There are no compulsory subjects on the A-level program, all subjects are chosen by the students: the teachers can only advise the most suitable options and combinations, based on the desired specialty and profile. Each subject is dedicat- ed to a minimum of 5 hours each week.

from 11 500 £ / term

Quick overview: The two-year International Baccalaureate (IB) program is another Sixth Form, whose results are accepted and highly rated around the world. The course is designed for international students 16-18 years.

About the educational course: For the personal curriculum, 6 top-priority subjects and areas of knowledge are selected: 3 of them are studied at the standard level, and 3 - on a more complex, in-depth, almost university. Additionally, all students without exception attend general theory of knowledge (CTC, often called "practical philosophy") course CAS (Creativity, Service, Activity) and prepare a personal research project (the volume of 4000 words, the topic is chosen independently and is consistent with the teacher ).

The academic year at school is divided into traditional trimester for the UK.

Accommodation, housing and food

Students-boarders are offered places in cozy, comfortable residences directly on the territory of the school (6 houses). Basically rooms are designed for 3-4 people, high school students (Sixth Form students) are accommodated in the bedrooms for 1-2 people. With the children in the residences, there are always curators and educators: they provide security for schoolchildren around the clock, monitor the observance of order, discipline and cleanliness, help students solve administrative and everyday issues.

Boarding (three meals a day) is organized in a spacious common dining room. Every day, students are offered a wide choice of mouth-watering, tasty and healthy dishes, fresh pastries and salads (there is a vegetarian table, the ration according to medical prescriptions is also organized on request).

A medical center with qualified nurses and therapists is working 24 hours a day.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : Art and design, biology, business, chemistry, design and technology, economics, English, English as a Foreign Language, English literature, Food and nutrition, French, geography, german language, history, maths, music, Natural Sciences, physical Culture, physics, psychology, Religious studies, Russian language, Spanish, the photo, Welch

Events Rydal Penrhos School

Students are offered the widest opportunities for active recreation and sports (more than 30 options!) - for this, the campus has all the necessary infrastructure and equipment:

  • Athletics;
  • Frisbee;
  • Basketball;
  • Chess;
  • Golf;
  • Volleyball;
  • Hockey;
  • Tennis;
  • Canoeing;
  • Cricket;
  • Skiing;
  • Swimming;
  • Table tennis (ping-pong);
  • Rugby;
  • Horseback Riding;
  • Self-defense courses;
  • Orienteering;
  • Kayaking;
  • Windsurfing;
  • Football;
  • Mountain bike;
  • Rock climbing;
  • Rafting.

The most developed and sought-after areas are kayaking and sailing: all children learn it first in the pool, and then, together with the instructors, go out into the open water, into the sea. Included in the curriculum and skiing: thanks to a successful territorial location, you can ride here in winter, and practice in the summer on artificial snow. Organized and travel to foreign ski resorts (in the US, in Aspen). The proximity of the huge Snowdonia National Park is an excellent opportunity for training in orienteering and climbing, trekking, hiking, expeditions, and just barbecue and picnics.

In addition, there are more than 30 clubs, sections and circles of interest - each student will have a lesson in spirit and taste, the opportunity to show their unique abilities and talents:

  • Music (playing musical instruments);
  • Singing in the choir;
  • A variety of musical groups: orchestras, string ensemble, chamber choir, rock bands, blues bands, jazz bands, etc.;
  • Art and design;
  • Dramatic and theatrical, acting;
  • Club of gardeners;
  • Debate club;
  • Architectural modeling;
  • Dancing;
  • Military exercises (strategy and tactics of conducting combat based on examples of famous battles, etc.);
  • Embroidery and knitting;
  • Arts club;
  • Photo art;
  • Oratorical skills and the art of public speaking.

About 35% are engaged in playing musical instruments, more than 50% sing in the choir. In a beautifully equipped Music Center, piano, clarinet, guitar, saxophone, stringed and percussion instruments are taught - the school is constantly expanding its capabilities, buying new instruments and hiring new professional educators. In the local recording studio pupils can write down their songs - all money from sold discs often goes to charity.

It is very dramatic - the school is considered one of the best in the UK in terms of the level of theatrical education of its students, the stage successes. Regularly held productions created by the forces of students of different age groups: many among the participants of foreign students, for whom drama classes are an excellent opportunity for conversational practice. Organized fascinating, informative trips to theaters of London and the UK, to New York Broadway.

Students participate in a variety of socially useful, charitable and volunteer projects and programs, and high school students are offered the opportunity to compete for the Duke of Edinburgh Prize. Regularly arranged cognitive and interesting trips abroad: sports and creative tours, historical or research expeditions. Almost every weekend, boarding students travel to the most interesting cities and places in the UK: they visit the amusement park Alton Towers, watch the matches of the legendary Manchester United football club at its home stadium, go to theaters and cinema, bowling centers, visit museums and art galleries , give time to shopping, walk to the places of glory of The Beatles in Liverpool and visit the thematic museum.


  • Excellent academic results of international students and graduates - balanced, relevant and modern, effective training programs;
  • Easy access to the best universities around the world, and in the options of "first choice" (that is, the most relevant and desired for students);
  • Great technical equipment - more than 4.5 million pounds have been invested in renovating and modernizing the campus in recent years!
  • Membership in the Royal Association of British Sailors;
  • Constant student exchanges with schools in other countries (especially Slovakia and Germany);
  • Strong branches of music and dramatic, theatrical art, the famous art school;
  • One of the best schools in the UK according to the results of IB (ranked League Table, 2017, 11th place according to Top IB Schools);
  • Included in the TOP-20 boarding schools of Great Britain, which simultaneously teach A-level and IB;
  • The picturesque surroundings and campus, the proximity of the Irish Sea, mountain ranges and large national parks;
  • The ratio of teachers to students is 1: 9.

Equipment Rydal Penrhos School

The Rydal Penrhos campus is in an incredibly beautiful, picturesque place - the daily view of the mountains of North Wales and the seaside is breathtaking. The nearest town is Colwyn Bay, there is also a large Snowdonia National Park, historical sights and monuments, ancient castles. You can get to London and Gatwick International Airport in 3.5 hours, to Heathrow - for 4 hours, and the travel time to Manchester, Liverpool or Chester will be only about an hour.

In total there are more than 27 buildings on the territory - they are equipped with the latest technology and provide students with all opportunities for successful study, recreation and living, extra-curricular activities and leisure:

  • 4 rugby courts;
  • Large indoor pool;
  • 2 cricket courts;
  • Numerous fields and grounds for team games and individual activities, track and field athletics and arenas (professional all-weather covering, excellent lighting);
  • Football fields;
  • Hockey grounds;
  • A huge multi-purpose sports center (with equipment for judo, basketball, badminton, etc.);
  • Tennis courts;
  • Squash courts;
  • Medical Center;
  • Own church (this is where the daily assemblies are held in the morning);
  • Modern scientific and practical laboratories;
  • Computer classes with the latest PCs and advanced software: there are more than 120 computers with an Internet connection;
  • Free access to Wi-Fi throughout the territory;
  • Library;
  • Spacious, bright classes and lecture halls for classes (each equipped with necessary equipment, including projectors);
  • The Art Studio is a separate two-story building: technological design classes, wood / metal / plastic workshops, race car designers, state-of-the-art and precise laser meters;
  • Dramatic studio.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Tuition fee already includes:

  • Training on the chosen program;
  • Accommodation and meals (residence, full board - three meals a day);
  • 24-hour child care and full security guarantee;
  • Basic recreational activities, circles and sections on interests;
  • Medical care if necessary.

List of services to pay additionally:

  • Registration fee;
  • Deposit confirming the place on the course;
  • Examination Boards;
  • Educational deposit;
  • Additional academic and language classes (optional);
  • Additional leisure activities and excursions (optional);
  • Guardianship (registration with the agency + guardian services);
  • Air tickets;
  • Transfer in both directions;
  • Insurance;
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents;
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy).

Extra fees:

  • Guardianship 350 GBP
  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 75 GBP
  • Deposit for a course/programme 1200 GBP

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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