RYDAL Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay is celebrating some outstanding A-Level results from its Year 13 cohort.

This was the first time that most had sat examinations of this kind due to COVID-19 restrictions during their GCSE preparations.

As results were formally announced today (August 18), 64.2 per cent attained a pass rate at A*-A, with 37.78 per cent securing A* grades.

Those achieving A*-B grades stood at 80.5 per cent, and 92.7 per cent of pupils managed A*-C grades as a result of their efforts.

Rydal Penrhos’ pass rate (A*-E) remains at 100 per cent, which is the eighth time since 2000 that the school has managed this feat.

There were a host of notable individual achievements, with Rebecca Mann attaining no fewer than four A* grades, plus an additional A* in her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

She will now go on to the University of Warwick to study mathematics.

Another with a lot to celebrate was Arthur Hind, who held the position of head boy during his final school year.

He achieved four A* grades and will now begin studying a masters in engineering (triple engineering) at Sheffield University.

Isabel Bateson (three A*s, A), Daniel McLaughlin (three A*s), Simeon Murphy-Thomas (three A*s, A* EPQ), Paul Kenyon (three A*s, A* EPQ) and Suhas Shekar (three A*s) were others who achieved a significant amount.

Juan Rajagopal gained three A*s and an A to go alongside the first-class honours degree in mathematics with the Open University he accomplished during his A-Levels.


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Head Girl Shruthi Ganapathi (two A*s, A), Emily Penwright (two A*s, A, A* EPQ), Isabel Toms-Arbel (two A*s, A), Tasnim Mortuza (A*, two As, A* EPQ), and Damisola Animashaun (two A*s, A, B) also secured impressive grades.

John Waszek, executive principal of Rydal Penrhos, said: "These outstanding examination results are a testament to the well-rounded, comprehensive education provided by Rydal Penrhos.

“I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to the pupils who worked tirelessly throughout their time as Sixth Formers. 

"It has been a voyage into the unknown in terms of sitting examinations after a significant spell of disruption.

“Our teaching staff must also take their share of plaudits, preparing them for every eventuality during lessons and specially organised events that focused on revision techniques and exam preparations. 

"The Rydal Penrhos community also strives to ensure parents are an important part of the process. So congratulations to the family members that also played a big part with unwavering support.

"We wish the 2022 cohort well on the next step of their respective journeys and our thoughts and best wishes go with them.”