Rydal Penrhos School, Conwy, Wales,UK

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Rydal Penrhos School is an independent boarding school in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. It is It is the only Methodist school in the independent sector in Wales. It is co-educational boarding school for boys and girls aged 11-18, although it has also nursery and Prep School. This top Wales boarding school offers the kind of education that any parent would wish for their child, in a stunning location that complements everything that takes place in school. From the Early Years and Pre-prep departments right up to the Upper Sixth, our pupils are rightly proud of the school, and their achievements during and after their time here are the best testimonial to what they have learned. This great boarding school has also a strong tradition in sports and the arts. The school’s 1st teams in both hockey and rugby have, in recent years, been a strong selling point for the school, which thrives on their successes. 

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7 days boarding: 

10,940 per term

About the school

It is located on multiple sites around the town with a site in the neighbouring village of Rhos-on-Sea where it keeps its watersports equipment for easy access to the beach.

The common areas of the house include a library or study area, kitchens with the necessary facilities to make snacks and open common rooms.

Bedrooms are bright, colourful and warm and the furnishings are sympathetically chosen for their appeal to young people.

Sixth Form pupils who elect to board at the school are given single or double study bedrooms and greater responsibility for themselves in line with their age and increased responsibility. 

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Academic life

From the Lower School to Sixth Form, pupils  of this top Wales boarding school  follow a diverse curriculum with plenty of choice to suit individual strengths and interests. Years 7-8 sit at the beginning of the Senior school, bridging the gap from primary schooling to the public examinations of GCSE and beyond. Our GCSE programme offers a breadth of choice and an ability to cater for pupils of all abilities. With a commitment to academic excellence at its heart, this top boarding shool’s curriculum also delivers a vibrant and inspiring extra-curricular programme. 
International pupils – the Pre-Sixth: The Pre-Sixth is a one-year course for pupils for whom English is not their first language. Successful completion of the course is the ideal preparation for Sixth form study at Rydal Penrhos School for both A-level and International Baccalaureate. The Sixth form at this top Wales boarding school provides a superb post-16 education in an environment that marries the best of the support structure, familiarity and leadership opportunities of a school with the difference and independence of a college setting. Furthermore we offer a broad selection of courses within either the A-level or BTEC curriculum and the Cambridge Technicals.

Art and Design, Design & Technology, Drama & Theatre Studies, Economics &Business, English, Food and Nutrition, Gegraphy, History, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Physical Education, Psychoogy, Religious Studies, Science, Welsh  

Sport and culture

Athletics, Badminton, Cricket, Cross Country, Dance, Facilities, Fencing, Fives, Football, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Sailing, Sking, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon

Location Description

The school is within 45 minutes’ drive of Chester, Holyhead and Bangor, and there are fast rail links to London (under 3 hours) and the Midlands. Transfers from Manchester and Liverpool airports allow easy access from Europe and beyond, so boarding in one form or another is an attractive option for many families.

Pwllycrochan Avenue Colwyn Bay LL29 7BT

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