Rydal Penrhos named best in Wales by Sunday Times League Table
4th December 2015

A prestigious table from a leading national newspaper has named a Colwyn Bay school as one of the best of its kind in the UK.

The Sunday Times Parent Power League Tables were revealed this week and named Rydal Penrhos as the number one co-educational/boarding school in Wales that offers both A-level and International Baccalaureate to its pupils, and 19th overall in the UK.

In addition to this honour, the school was also named in the top 50 independent schools offering the IB diploma.

Patrick Lee-Browne, Headmaster at Rydal Penrhos, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the academic performance of the school.

“These figures illustrate that we are still able to provide a really substantial education that gives our pupils plenty of choice at a time when schools and colleges are having to make difficult decisions about the breadth of the curriculum and the range of courses that they can offer.

“Co-ed day/boarding schools are the best learning environment for pupils to develop the other skills and competencies that they need for later life.

“Rydal Penrhos does that really well, as part of their preparation for excellent public exam results and successful university applications.”

There was further cause for celebration for the school as it shot up 43 places in the independent secondary schools list from the same newspaper.

The school’s success is down to the fantastic A-level, GCSE and IB results its pupils achieved this year.

For the first time in the school’s history, A* and A were the most frequently awarded A-level grades with 31.5 per cent of pupils achieving this.

In addition 76 per cent of entries achieved passes at A*- C with an overall pass rate of 98 per cent.

This year 60 per cent of subjects passed by pupils on the two-year GCSE course were awarded at A or A* with 100% of pupils passing five or more subjects at A*-C.

The highest performing subject was Science, which topped the table with 95 per cent of candidates gaining an A*-A grade in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with more than 200 A* and A grade passes achieved by the 93 pupils.

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