Former pupil Duncan Kenworthy OBE revealed as lead donor behind Annual Fund campaign
22nd March 2018

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil will have a room named in his honour after making a significant donation to a pupil-led campaign.

Duncan Kenworthy, who attended Rydal School from 1957-67, was revealed as the lead donor behind the success of the Annual Fund fundraising initiative to renovate the Sixth Form Ferguson Centre, which raised more than £90,000 in total.

Work is set to be completed at the facility by the start of the academic year in September, and his fantastic support will be recognised when the brand new study area will be named The Kenworthy Room.

Refurbished as part of the Ferguson Centre project, The Kenworthy Room will provide an important space for our pupils as they prepare for life after Rydal Penrhos, with zones for both independent and group study, I.T. facilities and a vibrant and inspiring working environment.

After leaving Rydal School, Duncan Kenworthy received a first in English at Cambridge, was a Thouron Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, and began his career on Sesame Street in New York. 

He worked very closely with Jim Henson for 10 years in London, where his film and TV credits include The Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller and Greek Myths series and a critically acclaimed miniseries of Gulliver’s Travels starring Ted Danson, Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif and many others.

Mr Kenworthy has produced three of the most successful British films of all time – Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually – as well as Lawn Dogs with Sam Rockwell, The Eagle with Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, and gay football drama, The Pass, (now on Netflix). Ian McEwan’s The Children Act, starring Emma Thompson, was released in cinemas in 2017.

He has been nominated for an Oscar and three Golden Globes, has won five British Academy Awards and three Emmys, and was made an O.B.E. in 1999 for services to film.  He is past Chairman and Vice President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and an Honorary Fellow of the National Film and Television School (NFTS), where he endowed the Oswald Morris teaching building.

In 2004 he created the two-year Toledo Scholarships for BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) MA students at the NFTS.  There have been twenty-four Toledo Scholars so far.

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