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Richard Wolfendale speaks on Met Office work experience placement

Richard Wolfendale speaks on Met Office work experience placement

A Rydal Penrhos pupil has been speaking after taking part in a prestigious work experience programme over the half term break.

Richard Wolfendale, a Year 10 pupil at the school, won a place on the annual Met Office Work Experience course surrounding Meteorology and Environmental Physics offered by the University of Reading.

The 14-year-old Academic Scholar took part in a number of activities during a busy week, including forecasting with the Met Office, learning to use meteorological equipment in the field and the observatory and launching a weather balloon.

He said: “It was a really great experience and it was interesting to get an insight into what university life will be like during the week.

“This definitely could be a career path for me in the future and the one-to-one session on careers was very helpful, but obviously there are so many possibilities and I am still young so there is plenty of time to decide.

“The highlight was definitely the visit to the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, where we got to see the Super Computer that comes up with all the forecasts.”

The pupil also praised the assistance he received from Head of Geography Fleur Jones during the application process, and offered advice to anyone wishing to pursue a place on the programme next year.

“I had so much support from Miss Jones with my application, and I would like to thank her for all her help,” added Richard.

“I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone that is interested in Geography or Meteorology, and I got a lot out of and it has given me lots to think about in the future.”

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