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Rydal Penrhos
Veritas Scientia Fides
(Truth, Knowledge, Faith)
Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Wales
Coordinates 53°17′43.42″N 03°44′0.68″W / 53.2953944°N 3.7335222°W / 53.2953944; -3.7335222
Type Independent, day and boarding
Religious affiliation Methodist
Established 1885
Principal Mr. Patrick Lee-Browne
Chaplain Rev. Keith Tewkesbury
Faculty 57 full-time
10 part-time
Enrollment 411 total
241 day
145 full boarding
25 weekly boarding
Student:teacher ratio 6:1
Campus Urban
Color(s) Black and amber
Athletics 22 sports

Rydal Penrhos is a private co-educational boarding school in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. It is located on multiple sites around the town including a site in the neighbouring village of Rhos-on-Sea where it keeps its watersports equipment for easy access to the beach.

The school, as it exists today, started life as three separate institutions:

  • Rydal (incorporating the then Rydal Preparatory School, situated on the Erskine House campus and surrounds) has occupied the current school site as, firstly, a boys-only school and later, from the 1980s, a co-educational school.
  • Penrhos College was a girls-only boarding school located near Rhos-on-Sea.
  • Lyndon School was a private preparatory school situated in Colwyn Bay.

Rydal School and Penrhos College became known as Rydal Penrhos School following their merger in 1999. Initially they were run as three separate "divisions": "preparatory", "girls" and "co-educational", reflecting the three formerly separate incarnations. The Penrhos College campus was eventually closed down and sold for re-development, and its pupils moved to the main Rydal campus, with the divisions being amalgamated into a single entity. As with any major institutional reform, the merger and integration project was not without its controversy, not least over the sale of the former Penrhos site and the restructuring of the staff. The associated prep school is known as "Lyndon Preparatory School" following a merger with another local private primary school in 2003. The former Lyndon school campus was disposed of and staff and students were relocated to the larger existing Rydal Preparatory School campus.

Rydal Penrhos has 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. The 1st XI hockey team, along with the U-16 team, have been exceptionally successful in the Welsh Nationals, claiming several titles in the past 5 years. In 2007, the U-16 boys team won the North Wales Final at hockey, only to go on and lose in the final on the Nationals.


Introduction of the I.B.

In 2004, the school began to offer the International Baccalaureate programme of study in its sixth form years, as a parallel alternative to the A-Level programme that was already being offered. This led to an increase in the number of pupils attending the school from overseas countries such as Ukraine, Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, Kenya, Nigeria, Peru, Russia and the Czech Republic.

The average score of the first year group taking IB was 33, the second year 34 and the third year 31.

Notable alumni

First-class cricket

Rydal School
Rydal Penrhos Pavilion.jpg
The pavilion at New Field, Rydal Penrhos
Wales Wales
Ground information
Location Colwyn Bay, Wales
Coordinates 53°17′47″N 3°44′24″W / 53.29639°N 3.74°W / 53.29639; -3.74Coordinates: 53°17′47″N 3°44′24″W / 53.29639°N 3.74°W / 53.29639; -3.74
Domestic team information
Years Team
1929 Wales
1934 Denbighshire
As of 10 August 2009
Source: CricketArchive

The school's cricket pitch was used as the venue for a first-class match between Wales and the touring South Africans in 1929. The three-day match, played on 10–12 June 1929, resulted in a 10-run victory for the South Africans and saw Bob Catterall of South Africa (117) and William Bates (102) record centuries.

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