A Brief History
Rydal Penrhos began its history in the last century. Rydal School was founded in 1885 by Thomas Osborn as a boy’s boarding school in the Methodist tradition. Penrhos College had been founded five years earlier, in 1880, by Thomas Payne as a girls boarding school, coincidentally also in the Methodist tradition.
In 1999, the two schools merged into a single organisation called Rydal Penrhos. The School was last inspected in March 2001 by ISI.
A £3 million development programme was instigated providing a new Library Resource Centre, a Sports Hall, a flood lit astroturf pitch, new Biology laboratories and numerous minor building alterations, and most recently a new Dining Hall.
Lyndon Preparatory School, the junior division of Rydal Penrhos, is on a neighbouring site and offers co-education from age 2 ½ years to 11 years. Links between the Preparatory School and the Senior School are strong. Both Schools have a Christian ethos with Chapel and prayers held daily – there is also a School Chaplain.
The Senior School is also co-educational from the age of 11 years to 18 years. Educational initiatives and development are always at the forefront of the School’s development planning; within the curriculum, the School offers a wide range of subjects at Key Stage 3, GCSE, AS and A Level. The International Baccalaureate was introduced in September 2004.
Pastorally, the School is divided into four houses and tutor groups within each year and pupils remain in their pastoral house through to the Sixth Form. Most teaching staff act as form tutors – tutor groups comprise both day and boarding pupils. The boarding houses are run by Houseparents, all but one of whom teaches within the School. There are seven boarding houses which are structured within age groups, with separate Sixth Form houses. Contributions to the boarding community are required by teaching staff. Heads of Middle and Lower school, together with tutors, oversee discipline, academic progress and overall pupil development; there is also a separate Head of Sixth Form.
The Senior School now numbers around 460 with an additional 250 in the Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory School. There are around 180 boaders spread across the seven boarding houses.
The School is a member of SHMIS (Society of Heads of Independent Schools), HMC (Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference) and IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools).