Richard Wolfendale earns prestigious work experience with the Met Office
8th February 2018

An ambitious pupil at Rydal Penrhos has secured a place on a prestigious work placement during the half term break.

Richard Wolfendale, a Year 10 pupil at the school, will be participating in a Met Office Work Experience course on Meteorology and Environmental Physics offered by the University of Reading.

The 14-year-old had to complete with other young people from around the UK for the opportunity, which is being held over four days at the world-renowned research centre.

During the programme there will be a host of activities for the pupil to participate in, including forecasting with the Met Office, learning to use meteorological equipment in the field and the observatory, while also getting the chance to launch their very own weather balloon.

Climate research and weather data analysis will also feature prominently in addition to a shipping forecast, with the group also taking part in environmental laboratory based experiments.

Another highlight of the week will be a visit to the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, and there will also be discussions involving space and aerosols during the action-packed week of learning.

Head of Geography Fleur Jones stated that she was “delighted” with the news and added: “Richard loves Geography and is determined to pursue a career within the industry.”

Deputy Head Tim Cashell, added: “This should be a fantastic experience for Richard and for him to be awarded a place on such a prestigious work placement scheme is a testament to his academic prowess and passion for all things related to Geography.”


Photo caption: Rydal Penrhos pupil Richard Wolfendale.

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